Summer Training 2019

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Earlier this month, the pioneer cohort of Difference Leaders began their two-year journey with a week of residential Summer Training!

The 10 Difference Leaders spent a week at Jamie's Farm in Lewes.  The first part of this summer training was about getting to grips with the mission of changing the story on school exclusion, as well as developing a shared identity as the very first cohort of Difference Leaders. (interested in joining the second cohort? Learn more).

Jamie’s Farm re-engages secondary school children at risk of exclusion. The perfect setting for Difference Leaders to leave the grind of everyday life and spend some time learning with one another, and The Difference team.

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Five days of intensive, challenging and engaging sessions got Difference Leaders thinking.

Topics included who gets excluded and why; a primer on the four key strands of the Difference Leaders programme: Leadership, Learning, Wellbeing and Safeguarding; and Leaders’ own beliefs about the purpose of education and the work of schools in society.

When they weren’t making their brains hurt, Difference Leaders spent time on Jamie’s Farm, learning all it has to offer its visiting farmhands!

Difference Leaders fed chickens, chopped wood, herded cows and… did some silly things with wheelbarrows (a vital part of being a farmer!)

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In the last week of the summer holidays, week two of Summer Training focuses on getting Difference Leaders day one ready, as they head into their new PRUs and AP academies.

Stay tuned for our next blog, to find out how it goes!

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Written by The Difference Team

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