Did you know?

  • Last year, only 4.3% of excluded students passed English & maths GCSE

  • 1 in 2 did not go on to a college course, apprenticeship and a job after finishing Key Stage 4

  • These students are more likely to be from low income homes, interacting with social services and suffering mental health problems.

Become a Difference Leader

We are looking for ambitious, excellent teachers, ready to take on a new challenge as a senior leader in a pupil referral unit or AP Free school or academy. Could this be you?

Why join The Difference?

A Difference Leader is:

  • Inspired by the problem of exclusion and our solution. Believes better outcomes are possible for the most vulnerable children.

  • Loves teaching, and developing the teaching and learning of others to see pupils make progress (and is willing to teach beyond their subject).

  • Enjoys challenge and ambiguity – we are pioneering an evidence base together.  The Difference has a lot of questions; we are looking for the bold practitioners who can join the programme and help answer them.

  • A systemic thinker who likes to draw the wider lesson from experiences - to develop the evidence base of what works for the most vulnerable in classroom pedagogy, school policy and local area practice.

The Difference 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 (within the range L1-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.

Start your journey today, click below and complete our Registration of Interest form.

Applications for Cohort 2 will open in November. In the meantime, please register your interest using this form, to be alerted when applications open.