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Difference Leaders Programme - North West. Full applications now open.

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We are now in the final days of the window to apply for the Difference Leaders Programme 2021 cohort. Register here  to receive your personalised application link.

The absolute deadline for applications is Friday 15th January 2021. However, due to unprecedented interest, we may be forced to close applications earlier in some regions. 

The Difference is passionate about working across the North West to find the best teachers, middle leaders and early career senior leaders to join our Difference Leaders Programme.

Have you got:

The drive for a challenge

A commitment to social justice

The skill to lead

And the hunger to learn?

Then you could be a Difference Leader in 2021.

The Difference is looking for the country’s most committed, creative, and capable teachers.

We want to support these teachers to become the inclusive headteachers of 2025 through our two-year career programme.

Are you ready to take on a two-year challenge as a senior leader in a pupil referral unit or alternative provision school?   Want career development that could see you return to mainstream senior leadership, to change the school exclusion story for the most vulnerable?

The Difference Leaders Programme provides sector-leading professional development, the opportunity for career progression, a network of inclusively-minded peers and upskills participants to have an impact on the children who need you most.  An intensive two-year leadership development course is matched with a senior leadership post in a Good+ school for excluded pupils.

To make sure you don’t miss out on application opening and to learn more about this unique and exciting opportunity we will be hosting an information evening on Wednesday 9th December. Advanced sign up is required to join these events.

Difference Leaders are:

Driven by the mission to reduce school exclusion and improve life outcomes for the most vulnerable learners

Optimistic about what children can achieve in the face of significant adversity

Great teachers with experience of leading the practice of colleagues (in middle or senior leadership)

Systems-thinkers, who enjoy learning and thinking creatively about how to change school systems, cultures, and practice

Difference Leaders get:

Senior leadership position in an alternative provision school for two years

Two-years of evidence-led training in improving pupil learning, safeguarding and wellbeing via residential (social distancing guidelines permitting), away-day training sessions, twilight seminars, and group supervision with a psychologist

Bespoke leadership development via in-school coaching

A National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Network of like-minded school leaders across the country, passionate about re-thinking education for the most vulnerable

Onwards career support for Difference Leaders to return to mainstream as senior leaders of Inclusion

Currently, only 4.3% of excluded children get a pass in GCSE English and maths. Half are unemployed straight after school and far too many enter the criminal justice system. Could you be part of changing this story?

The Difference is committed to fair and diverse recruitment. 

If this advert chimes with your values, experience and potential, don’t rule yourself out - rule yourself in.