About Teach First

It’s a sad, almost unbelievable fact that one in six people leave school unable to read, write and add up properly (Leitch Review on Skills, 2008, UKCES).

The link between low family income and poor educational attainment is greater in the UK than in almost any other developed country. It’s not right, it’s not fair and it can’t continue. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Teach First is an influential charity and an increasingly powerful movement founded to address this problem directly. Now in its eleventh year, it has played a part in changing the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of outstanding graduates and experienced professionals and equips them with leadership skills to enable inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England and Wales. At the same time Teach First’s two-year Leadership Development Programme gives participants  the skills, experience and leadership development training to excel in careers in any field.

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  • History & vision

    History & vision

    Since 2002, literally thousands of lives have been changed by Teach First’s energetic pursuit of its mission to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates and experienced professionals into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.

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  • STEM challenge

    STEM challenge

    Teach First has conducted a UK wide study into the motivations, aspirations and employability of STEM undergraduates. Collaboration with a number of prestigious STEM organisations has helped to shape the direction of this research piece.

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  • Supporters


    Organisations in every sphere of business, government and the not-for-profit sector share our drive and recognise the value that Teach First has brought to schools, its participants and ambassadors.

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  • Schools & pupils

    Schools & pupils

    Teach First has expanded rapidly and now works with primary and secondary schools across the country.

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  • Platinum Partners

    Deffered entry schemes

    Employers from all sectors recognise the transferability of skills and leadership from the classroom to positions of influence. Teach First has taken this a stage further and developed unique relationships with leading organisations in a number of fields.

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Recruitment & selection

Applications are now open for the 2015 Leadership Development Programme.

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Our people

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Salary and benefits

Salary and benefits

Teach First is not a one-size-fits-all graduate programme Find out more about our Salary & Benefits.

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You wouldn’t be the first to have some questions about Teach First so click here for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions and a reminder of some of the core information you’ll need to move your interest forward.

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