Teach First

Teach First is a charity working to end educational inequality. Since 2002 over 7,000 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 personalised programme 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.

The LDP is a two-year commitment, but Teach First wants it to be the foundation of a life-long engagement with their work to ensure every young person has an education they can be proud of. As well as training inspirational teachers in the classroom, Teach First supports its network of ambassadors – those who have completed the LDP – to drive forward change in education in 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 the Leadership Development Programme to be powerful, rewarding and enlightening. And all are changed by it

You can find out more about Teach First on the charity’s website.

You need a 2:1 or first

to train on a Teach First course

5,000 trainee teachers are placed in low-income

schools each year on Teach First


Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 48KB)

I chose a school-based route because I wanted to challenge myself.

Isobel Cafferty, maths teacher

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