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New career

What did you do at work today?

Take on your next challenge.

If you’re looking for a real challenge - one where you can use your intelligence and personality to help solve one of the country’s biggest problems - Teach First has a unique opportunity for you.

We believe that inspirational teaching and leadership are vital to helping every child succeed, regardless of their background. We train and support exceptional people like you to become influential classroom leaders through our two-year Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales.

What is the Leadership Development Programme?

Our world-class programme combines global best practice in leadership development and teacher training. After completing our intensive five-week training course, you will head straight to the front of the class, putting your skills and experience to work from day one as a salaried teacher.

You’ll do the rest of your training on the job, continuously developing and working towards a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), worth double the credits of a PGCE. After year one you’ll be a qualified teacher and during your second year you’ll then have the option to top up the qualification to a Master’s degree.

Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

Who are we looking for?

We don’t just hire people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their leadership journey. We do not require any prior educational or teaching experience but will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

The application and selection process is exactly the same for all applicants. You must meet the basic eligibility requirements as well as the teaching requirements for the curriculum area you will be teaching.

Apply now for our 2018 Leadership Development Programme


Find out more

Watch our employer presentation where you will hear all about Teach First, get details on how to apply, and find out how a member of our dedicated recruitment team will support you through your transition into the classroom.

Our People

Over 10,000 people have joined our Leadership Development Programme so far, and last year more than one quarter of our cohort joined us from another career. There’s no one type of person we’re looking for. Find out from some of the people who have already taken on the challenge how their Teach First journey has changed their lives.

Robin Hartfield-Cross

Taught: Maths
"You are entirely responsible for the results of the classes that you teach. That’s something you don’t really get in many other jobs – that real ownership and control of the outcomes of what you do at work."

Lucian Huxley Smith

Teaching: English
"You are making a difference to people's lives potentially on a daily basis, and that's massive."


Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts joined the programme after a 14 year career in a FTSE 100 business, then eight years running her own business.

Here, she talks to us about her decision to change career and become a teacher, why she was attracted to Teach First and the impact she has made on addressing educational inequality in the classroom.



Could you be a part of our 2018 cohort...

You must have:

- 2.1 degree or above

- a degree or A-levels that satisfy our teaching requirements

- Grade C* or above in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent). *Those placed to teach in a secondary school in Wales will require at least a B in GCSE Maths and English. Grade C in one science GCSE is also required for primary or Early Years teaching eligibility.


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