I realised educational disadvantage was much more of a problem than I had first thought.
John Roberts (’07) Physics
It all clicked into place in the second term of the first year, and it happened without me even realising.
Zeenia Anwar (’05) Biomedical Science

Our LD Programme

Teach First is all about becoming a leader and achieving success – both for yourself and for others. It’s an intensive two years. Beginning with the Summer Institute, our Leadership Development Programme combines working, qualifying and training as a teacher with leadership development training, coaching and mentoring, and a range of networking and internship opportunities. Through completion of your PGCE, you will also gain credits which you can put towards a Masters qualification. Upon completion of the programme, you will then graduate to become a Teach First Ambassador.

  • Am I eligible to apply?
  • Summer Institute

    Summer institute

    It all begins at the Summer Institute, with an intensive six week start to your initial teacher training. You will learn new skills, build networks, make friends and prepare for your first day in the classroom. Here you will begin your journey as a teacher.

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  • Training & Support

    Regional training & support

    Teach First’s training is delivered both nationally and regionally. After your Summer Institute, your initial teacher training will continue throughout the first year with your University based Regional Training Provider. Your wider leadership development will also take place on a regional basis, allowing you to establish strong networks with participants and tutors in your region and share experiences and best practice.

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  • Your Teaching Qualification

    Qualified teacher training

    You will work towards a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) throughout your first year on the Leadership Development Programme. As part of this, you will also gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Gaining a PGCE means that, whatever you choose to do with your career, you can always return to teaching.


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  • Leadership Development

    Leadership development

    Teachers are leaders, inspiring and motivating large groups of young people. Teach First’s innovative Leadership Development Programme will give you the skills, strategies and behaviours to be a leader in any environment, in any sector, including education.

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  • The Masters

    Masters in education

    Our Programme is Masters accredited. All participants have the opportunity to work towards a Masters qualification in either Education, Leadership, or Educational Leadership – depending on which Masters Institution you work with to complete it.

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  • Salary and benefits

    Salary and benefits

    Some Teach First participants have a firm plan for their long term careers when they begin the programme, others are less certain. All of them find the experience of Teach First to be powerful, rewarding and enlightening and all are changed by it.

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The first priority is for you to acquire the skills and confidence to take your place in front of a class of students and begin making a difference to their lives. Teach First will give you those skills – delivered through some of the leading education institutions in the country – and will be there with support and coaching as you find your voice and style in your school. Throughout your first year the focus will be on  completing your initial teacher training and achieving your PGCE.

Throughout the two years, you will also develop your wider skills as a teacher and leader, laying the foundations for whatever you choose to do after Teach First. And once you’ve successfully completed the two-year programme, you will graduate to become an Ambassador and gain access to the many opportunities and benefits associated with this.

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FAQs

FAQs

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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Recruitment & selection

Recruitment & selection

Are you the kind of person who could make an impact in one of Teach First’s partner schools? You’ll need bright ideas, gritty determination, awesome communication skills and the confidence to stand up in front of 30 pupils, engage their attention, deflect their jibes and lead them on a journey. It’s a big ask.

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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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