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Insight Programme

Think you could inspire the next generation?

Our award-winning Insight Programme will help you develop key employability skills and give you the opportunity to inspire young people by teaching a lesson at one of our partner schools. What’s more, you could finish the two-week, paid internship with an offer for our graduate Leadership Development Programme.

You’ll spend the first week of our Insight Programme in London focusing on training and personal development, attending workshops with our team and some of our charitable and corporate partners. There will be time to discuss the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) challenge and the impact it’s having in the UK. You'll also get to talk to our ambassadors – those who have completed our graduate programme – and get to know your peers, so you can start building your Teach First network.

Week two brings an opportunity to experience life on our Leadership Development Programme at any one of our partner schools in England or Wales, where you’ll deliver a lesson in your specialist STEM subject. While in school, you may also get involved in a number of other activities such as after school clubs, formal or informal pupil coaching, or talk to pupils about your experience of going to university.

Get ahead

By the end of the two weeks you’ll have developed skills that align with our Leadership Development Programme, including resilience, leadership and teamwork. On the last day of Insight you’ll take part in a reduced assessment for our Leadership Development Programme and, if successful, you will be made an offer to join our 2019 programme to teach a STEM subject in one of our secondary schools.

Candidates that perform exceptionally well at the Insight assessment centre could be made a dual offer for our Insight Programme in 2018 and a conditional offer for our Leadership Development Programme in 2019.


- Observe teaching techniques in action and find out what it’s really like in the classroom

- Understand the STEM challenge and the inequalities in our education system

- Take part in a reduced assessment for our graduate Leadership Development Programme

- Develop skills in public speaking, teamwork, time management and decision-making

- Receive a salary of £250 per week plus accommodation

- Guaranteed attendance at an assessment centre for our Brand Manager Programme (provided you meet the criteria)


We are now open for applications for our Insight Programme running on the following dates:

Insight Programme: Spring

9 – 20 April 2018

Insight Programme: Summer

11 – 22 June 2018

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Who can apply?

To be eligible for our programme you should:

- Be graduating in 2019 (if you are currently studying for a PhD you can still apply, however, you must have completed your studies by 2019).
- Be a STEM specialist: either studying for a STEM degree or have A-levels (A*- B) in the following subjects: two sciences (biology, chemistry or physics) and/or maths and/or technology (DT or ICT).
- Be predicted a 2:1 degree or higher.
- Have a grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

If you have non-UK qualifications you can still apply for our Insight Programme; just detail any qualifications you have on the online application. Any offer for our programme will be conditional on you being able to provide documentation to show that your overseas qualifications are equivalent to the UK qualifications we require.

In brief, this will involve contacting NARIC, a governing body that provides documentation to show if your qualifications are equivalent. You may then be required to sit appropriate equivalency testing to meet our GCSE requirement. Please note there is a fee for NARIC services which Teach First are unable to fund. More information about the NARIC process will be provided if you are successful, but you can read about NARIC costs on their website, and information on equivalency tests via our provider’s website.

In order to participate in Insight it is compulsory to show evidence of your right to work in the UK and present a clear DBS certificate. The right to work documentation will need to be shown when you attend our assessment centre. The DBS certificate will be required at offer stage. Teach First will assist you in the process of obtaining a DBS certificate (we pay the fee and register your details with the external provider we use).

If you have any questions about eligibility or the documents we require in order for you to start our Insight Programme, please do get in touch by emailing

Application process: important dates

Insight Programme: Spring
- 6 September 2017: Applications for both summer and spring Insight open
- 10 December 2017: Applications for spring Insight close
- 15 - 18 December 2017: You’ll find out if your Insight application was successful
- December 2017/January 2018: You'll attend our assessment centre
- 9 - 20 April 2018: Spring Insight Programme takes place

Insight Programme: Summer
- 6 September 2017: Applications for both summer and spring Insight open
- 11 March 2018: Applications for summer Insight close
- 19 – 23 March 2018: You’ll find out if your application was successful
- 3 - 10 April 2018: You'll attend our assessment centre
- 11 – 22 June 2018: Summer Insight Programme takes place

We will give December/January assessment centre dates to applicants who would like to participate in our spring programme. If you would like to apply for our summer programme you may still be able to attend our assessment centre in December/January if spaces are available.

Hints and tips for your application

- Don’t forget to do your research when writing about why you’d like to join our Insight Programme and find out more about our graduate Leadership Development Programme. Our website has a wealth of information for you to use and it’s important for you to know what Teach First do and about our vision and mission.

- To help you structure your answers for the competency-based questions, we suggest you use the CAR framework:
Context: Outline the context. What needed to be done? What was the objective?
Action – Next, explain the action you took to try and meet the objective. Use the first-person pronoun (“I did” “I created”) here. We also advise taking a look at our values, and weaving these into your answer.
Result: Finally, write about the result. This should be a positive one. If it’s negative, make it into a positive i.e. what did you learn from it?  Where possible it’s good for us to see qualitative results to strengthen the assessor's understanding of the outcome.

- Please ensure that any examples you use in your answers are based on real-life situations rather than hypotheticals. Provide significant detail about any activities or events that you describe in your answer.

- Many candidates fall down on spelling and grammar so please check your application through thoroughly before submitting. One way of doing this is by copying and pasting your answer into a Word document.  Please also note that our assessors do look at spelling and grammar errors, and it is possible to fail your application on account of them.

- Think about your writing style: this is a job application so do take a professional approach when answering the questions.


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