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Teaching and Leadership

Teachers are leaders. Every day they inspire and motivate young people to succeed.

Our two-year Leadership Development Programme (LDP) will enable you to become a teacher and leader, accelerating your pupils’ progress, raising their aspirations and helping them to access new opportunities. In many cases that will mean raising their academic achievements, but it may also mean inspiring them to apply to university or to explore new possibilities – while for some it may simply mean giving them the confidence to be themselves.

Teach First develops leaders – people who can inspire and motivate young people to overcome the disadvantages they face and unlock their full potential. The advanced leadership skills and behaviours that you will develop through our programme will have a lasting impact on your own future too. From communication and presentation skills to negotiation, time management, empathy and conflict resolution, the skills you’ll develop on the LDP will transfer directly to leadership roles in any sector.

Teaching qualification

As part of the LDP, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), an advanced and highly transferable qualification in education and leadership that carries double the credits of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. As part of your training, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and your qualifications mean you can return as a teacher at any time, wherever your career takes you after the LDP.

You’ll start at your school as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, Regional Training Provider and Teach First. In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), and will continue to receive the structured support as part of the LDP, including mentoring, training and events where you and your cohort will come together, share experiences, reflect on your development and examine ways to accelerate your progress in addressing our goals as a movement for lasting social change.

Structure of the LDP


Apply now for our 2018 Leadership Development Programme


For more information on routes into teaching, check out the Department for Education website.

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