Teach First

Teach First

Teach First

In the UK, the link between income and success at school is stronger than almost anywhere in the developed world. Teach First is an influential charity that aims to address educational disadvantage by training and supporting people to become inspirational teachers in schools in low income communities.

Teach First believe in a vision for the future where no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. Since 2002, Teach First have placed over 5,500 graduates in schools across England and Wales, and helped change the lives of thousands of young people.

The Teach First journey begins with an exceptional Leadership Development Programme. This personalised programme encompasses high-quality training, supportive coaching, work experience and a PGCE qualification. The skills and experience gained can be taken forward into any career. That’s why over 80 high-profile businesses from all sectors recognise Teach First’s ability to effect change and develop leaders for the future. Put simply, they know that graduates who can engage, stimulate and inspire in the classroom can handle pretty much any situation in any organisation.

As well as placing inspirational teachers in the classroom, Teach First tackle educational disadvantage through their network of ambassadors - people who have completed the Leadership Development Programme and gone on to achieve influential leadership positions in education, business and beyond.

Some people join Teach First knowing they want to stay in education; some are sure that they don’t; and others are uncertain about their plans. All of them find the experience of Teach First to be powerful, rewarding and enlightening. And all are changed by it.

Take up the challenge, get involved, Teach First.

To apply for the Leadership Development Programme, register your interest and fill in an online application here.

Teach First recruit on a rolling basis and fill vacancies as soon as they find candidates who meet their competency and academic requirements. That means that the most popular subjects fill up very early, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Case Studies

[casestudy]
  • Name: Lena Khudeza
  • Role: Retail Bank Manager, HSBC
  • University: University of Birmingham
  • Degree: Human Biology

I was the first person in my family to go to university and education has opened up so many opportunities for me. It’s what really drives my passion for teaching and for Teach First as well. I wanted to get something more than just a Qualified Teaching Status. I wanted to gain leadership skills and help a fantastic cause and mission whilst at the same time shaping my own future. The Teach First programme seemed like the obvious choice for me.

I think the best days were spent doing ‘practicals’. With science, all the pupils think about is 'practicals'. I also think they’re really important because I’m a visual learner too and I understand the importance of being able to do physical things in the classroom. Some of the experiments we did, like dissections, meant a lot of pupils were quite squeamish at first, but by the end of it they were all digging into the hearts and lungs. I would hear them go around school telling other pupils and teachers "Miss Khudeza’s class does dissections. Why can’t we do them?" That was a really good feeling.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Gopal Rao
  • Role: Physics Teachers and Founder of TarGet More
  • University: University of Cambridge
  • Degree: Manufacturing Engineering

The absolute pinnacle of my teaching was taking fifteen very bright year 10 pupils down to the Royal Institution in London, most of them had never seen London. One of the pupils said to me, ‘we don’t belong here.’ So I told them the story about Michael Faraday, and what he did around electromagnetism which is all rather geeky. However, the ‘cool’ thing he did was bring science to the masses. He took the work being done about agriculture in London, and brought farmers in to talk about it, so it could be used in the real world. I told them this story and did my best to say, ‘Look, we’re from Birmingham and that’s brilliant. We deserve to be here.’ By the end of the trip all of my pupils were wondering round interrogating the resident undergrads who had just finished their presentations. It was wonderful. The transformation of them was absolutely stunning.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Stacey McCarthy
  • Role: Primary teacher, Tidemill Primary School
  • University: University of Oxford
  • Degree: History and German

Tackling educational disadvantage was important to me because I had done a lot of work with children from either disadvantaged backgrounds or who had physical disabilities. When I applied to Teach First they offered me a place on the Primary pilot scheme and I thought it was a brilliant idea. It seemed so obvious to me that educational disadvantage needs to be tackled at the earliest stage possible and I really liked the idea of forming relationships with these children so early on.

At primary level, educational disadvantage manifests itself mainly through the ability to read and write and demonstrate independent thinking. I felt that I was able to bring something to every child in my class by giving them targets and making them aware of their own abilities and potential. Never give up on a child. Always say “you know, you can do this if you really put your mind to it.” Celebrate children’s differences. If a child isn’t necessarily good at one subject, make sure they know they are the class expert at another. It can be a really positive experience for the children.

Training & Profiles

Teach First is also about enhancing your career prospects and leadership capabilities. They want you to use your Teach First experience to positively impact society - either in education, in business or in any other role you take on. Whatever your long-term ambitions, Teach First will help you to stand out.

  • Intensive teacher training leading to a PGCE
  • Real responsibility from day one
  • Opportunity to pursue Masters qualification at reduced cost
  • Ongoing leadership development, coaching, business training and skills workshops
  • Opportunity to be part of a movement that is changing lives and will change society
  • Access to professional development and a network of supporters
  • Full-time, paid position for a minimum of two years
  • LDP at Teach First
    26-12-2015

    The interviewers were very friendly and approachable. I was asked questions about the 8 competencies Teach First have. The easiest way to prepare is to come up with two examples of each competency. There were generic question about my motivation to

  • Teacher at Teach First
    19-10-2015

    The one-to-one interview was the first part of the assessment centre and in this I was tested on the 8 competencies including my knowledge of Teach First and the Leadership Development Programme . The interview was really friendly and gave me enough

  • Teach First - Leadership Development Programme at Teach First
    16-7-2014

    The overall format was a general assessment centre, a competency based interview, group exercise and a presentation in the format of a teaching lesson. The assessment centre consisted of 3 tasks, a one to one competency based interview which lasted