Key Voices #143 – Inclusive leadership with The Difference

“Students who don’t have a recognised or identified learning need but present with challenging behaviours can often be treated very differently to those who have an identified need. In fact, if we assume that any child we come into contact with can have a learning, wellbeing or safeguarding need, then our interactions become more universal.”

This week we talk to Shaun Brown, Programmes Director at The Difference and Mohamed Abdallah, Head of The Difference Inclusive Leadership Course about their pioneering inclusive leadership training. We discuss the theory that underpins the learning and how to overcome some of the barriers schools can face when being truly inclusive in their approach.

We talk about: 
  • Mohamed and Shaun’s experiences in mainstream and alternative provision
  • What The Difference does as an organisation 
  • Why the inclusive leadership course exists and how it is different from other training available 
  • The theory that underpins the course and an understanding that all pupils have wellbeing, learning and safeguarding needs 
  • How behaviour practice and behaviour systems should ideally fit together and align
  • Some of the ways in which participants have implemented strategies from the course and the impact it has had on their schools 
  • How the pandemic may have  provided an opportunity for schools to rethink their approach to behaviour and inclusion 

    You can find out more about The Difference here and the Inclusive Leadership Course here.

    “80% of the senior leaders on our course have seen a reduction in exclusions in their schools” 

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