The Difference was founded by Kiran Gill in 2016. The Difference aims to break the link between social exclusion and school exclusion by placing top teachers in alternative provision schools, providing them with the training to support pupils with complex needs.
Founder Kiran taught in inner-city London, specialising in literacy across the curriculum and teacher training. Since leaving the classroom, she has helped design ITT route Future Teaching Scholars; evaluated the EEF Research Schools programme; and worked as education policy adviser to Teach First, Save the Children, IPPR and the Social Mobility Commission.
Kiran’s published work focuses on poverty and education, social mobility and the evolution of the school-led system. Some of Kiran’s thoughts can be found on the Schools’ Week website.
Vahe Boghosian graduated from UCL with a BA in History and is currently studying towards his MSc in Security Studies at UCL. Vahe assists The Difference by conducting policy and literature research on the current image of school exclusions in addition to researching previous and foreign approaches to alternate provision.
Anna started her working life working with American students who were studying abroad in Dublin. After recognising a love for working with young people, she moved onto teaching Science and Chemistry in inner-city London. She is currently doing an internship working for Kiran and The Difference before moving onto starting the Civil Service Fast Stream in September.
Danny Swift works as a Maths teacher at a secondary school and sixth form in Vauxhall, Central London, where he specialises in curriculum at A level. After finishing his Masters in Physics & Philosophy he trained via the Teach First program, working for two years at a school in Manchester’s Moss Side. Danny is interested in how schools can generate and sustain social mobility, and wants to work on increasing this effect, whether inside or outside of the classroom.