Difference Leaders Programme

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The Difference Leaders Programme offers:

  • A two-year post in the senior leadership team of a pupil referral unit (around 50 - 100 pupils), with opportunity to lead school improvement in Teaching & Learning in Year 1 and in Wellbeing & Safeguarding in Year 2.

  • A salary matched to your current salary (up to L14).

  • Bespoke school improvement support and leadership coaching from The Difference team.

  • Dedicated time to learn and to lead: a 40-60% teaching timetable; an afternoon per fortnight of dedicated supervision time; 6 days per term release of off and on-site training.

  • Specialist CPD in:

    • Developing teaching and learning

    • Improving pupils’ post-16 destinations

    • Child development, mental health, effective whole-school approaches, interventions with families and multi-agency collaboration

    • Traditional and contextual safeguarding (incl. child sexual and criminal exploitation, substance misuse and addiction)

  • Accredited specialist NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership).

  • Support to return to a senior leadership post in mainstream after the two-year programme.  This may include leading CPD in a partnered mainstream school in your second year on the programme.