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.

The LDP is a two-year, 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.

Eligibility and salary

To be eligible for Teach First, you’ll need at least a 2:1 or higher. In the first year of the course, 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 the LDP in general on the Teach First website.

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.