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.