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Teach First

Teach First is a charity working to end educational inequality. Since 2002, thousands of graduates have joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales and helped change the lives of thousands of young people in low-income communities.

With the support of partner schools, businesses and universities, Teach First trains its participants to be effective teachers and leaders in schools in low-income areas.

Your training on the two-year programme will be tailored to specifically address the needs of secondary-level pupils. This will range from bespoke guidance on classroom management and pupil engagement, to classroom practice sessions that will help you nurture young people’s literacy and numeracy skills.

The LDP is a personalised course encompassing 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 many businesses recognise the programme’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 training inspirational teachers, Teach First supports its network of ambassadors who have completed the LDP. In the long term, this helps them make a difference in influential leadership positions in teaching, business and beyond.

To be eligible for the programme, you’ll need at least a 2:1 or higher. You can find out more about eligibility, and the LDP in general, on the Teach First website.

You need a 2:1 or first to train on a Teach First course

More than 7,000 graduates have been placed in low-income schools through Teach First

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Premier Pathways – Get into Teaching

31 May 2016 12:30

An interactive presentation and workshop on the benefits of teaching, and explaining the different routes into teaching.


Ark Teacher Training information evening

31 May 2016 18:00

A chance to learn about the Ark Teacher Training programme and get application advice.


Changing Career – drop-in sessions

02 June 2016 17:00

Join us for a coffee with a Teach First recruiter


Oxford Brookes University – PGCE primary open day

04 June 2016 09:00

Come along to our open day and find out about training to be a primary teacher on our PGCE course.