Teach First

Teach First is a charity working to end educational inequality. They are building a movement of leaders who inspire young people from low-income communities to achieve their full potential. They do this by supporting applicants to become influential classroom leaders through their Leadership Development Programme.

Teach First is a charity working to end educational inequality. They are building a movement of leaders who inspire young people from low-income communities to achieve their full potential. They do this by supporting applicants to become influential classroom leaders through their Leadership Development Programme.

The programme offers a two-year, paid position in a school where you’ll  build the skills and experience to become leaders in all sectors of society. You’ll receive world-class teaching and leadership training, which will include a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE). There’s also the option to top up the PGDE to a Master’s degree that is specifically designed to further develop your effectiveness as a leader and a teacher.

It’s not only schools that value participants on the Leadership Development Programme – some of the most influential organisations in the professional world recognise the skills and experience Teach First participants gain. Although many people do stay in the classroom after the programme, often taking on middle or senior school leadership positions, many others move into leadership roles in government, industry and their own social enterprises.

Teach First participants come from a multitude of backgrounds and have different plans for the future. However, all have one thing in common: they join Teach First to be part of a movement that changes lives within classrooms, schools and across society.

Eligibility and salary

To be eligible for the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, you’ll need at least a 2:1 degree or higher. In the first year, you’ll receive the basic salary for an unqualified teacher, rising to newly qualified teacher in your second year – find out more about teachers’ salaries.

Find out more about Teach First and their programme on the Teach First website.