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About Us 

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DiverseApply was set up in response to the ongoing teacher workforce complexities facing schools and academies in England. There are a crescendo of challenges for headteachers and limiting the quality of education for pupils - especially in areas where great teachers are needed most.


Current recruitment practices, extortionate finders fees and the huge cost of job advertising with leading providers are turning schools away from the valuable capacity that recruiters can provide already overstretched school leaders.

The Problem

Our Solution

DiverseApply provides permanent teachers to schools using a flat fee model. You hire a teacher or leader and the cost is always £2299 - a fraction of the 18% of salary typically charged  as a finders fee by agencies.

That cost also covers a wealth of ongoing support for the individual during the length of their employment with you. This includes non-unionised legal protection from EDAPT, access to the leading Employee Assistance Programme from Education Support, a high street perks package covering gym and restaraunt discounts, ongoing CPD, networking and community events plus a whole host more.

We also work with any educator who approaches us to give free impartial advice, signposting and guidance. Our ongoing communications and press work is aimed at creating awareness to issues impacting the profession right now.

Our Team



Oli has extensive experience of the charity sector. His background as a successful young entrepreneur in recruitment and being from a family of teachers led him to develop the passion to bring DiverseApply to life.

Oli is particularly passionate about ensuring a teaching workforce that supports neurodivergent individuals - continuing the work from his time at the National Autistic Society.



Nerkesha is an experienced primary school teacher and practitioner, spending time teaching EYFS, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 - as well as subject leadership and year group leadership in large primary schools.

Since starting a family Nerkesha has built a successful social media following and joins DiverseApply to focus on branding, positioning and social media work. 

Nerkesha is passionate about the work of DiverseApply in supporting to teachers to stay in education for as long as possible.  She has benefitted directly from the benefits of flexible working as a working mother.


Jamie was formerly the youngest headteacher in England becoming a Primary Head at the age of 27. After leading the school out of special measures and through academisation, he became increasingly aware of the problem of recruiting and retaining great talent.

His time as Head of Recruitment at The Difference highlighted further the need for action to support school leaders.

Read more about Jamie's journey with DiverseApply here.

Our Advisory Board

DiverseApply's advisory board meets termly to discuss organisation progress, termly impact and steer strategy against the 3 core beliefs.



Mariam provides expertise in legal and compliance as a law graduate. Initially a member of the founding team, Mariam is now pursuing her long term aims of fulfilling a career in law.

Mariam is passionate about the quality of teaching children receive in inner city areas and ensuring that access to quality education is universal.

Mariam provides recruitment, legal and advisory support to DiverseApply on a regular basis.

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