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Changing career

Change career. Change lives.

Almost a quarter of our 2015 cohort are people who came from other careers. We believe their wider experience of life and work makes a vital contribution to our drive to end educational inequality, create greater inclusion in education, and raise standards in the classroom.

Join our Leadership Development Programme

We place inspiring and passionate leaders in classrooms across England and Wales that need them most. Our two year Leadership Development Programme (LDP) combines your development as a practising teacher with personal and business skills training, internship opportunities, mentoring and access to our ambassador (alumni) network and supporters.

We want you to get the most out of your time on the LDP. During your time on the LDP you will work towards gaining a Postgraduate Diploma (worth double the credits of a PGCE) which can also be topped up to a Masters. Throughout your time on the programme you will also receive a salary.

Upcoming Events


Are you interested in learning more about the LDP? View a replay of one of our webinars, held specifically to answer the key questions of those interested in changing career to join the LDP.

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Changing career to join our Leadership Development Programme (Online Presentation)

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Are you ready to start your application for the LDP? Learn more about the application process and hear from the recruitment team for top advice on how to make the strongest application you can by catching up with a replay of one of our webinars.

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How to apply for the Leadership Development Programme (Online Presentation)

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Should you find it difficult to attend these particular events, we also hold lots of open events at universities across England and Wales, so please feel free to sign up for these too.

If the above events aren’t suitable for you, there are many other ways that you can arrange to meet one of our experienced hires recruiters including coffee drop-in sessions, a chat on the phone, or requesting more information on any aspect of Teach First or our LDP. Please click here to email us at to give us some basic information and then the recruiter most suited to you will get back to you as soon as possible

Meet our career changers

Over the years we have placed hundreds of career changers in schools across England and Wales, and we know that they are changing the lives of thousands of children. We interviewed a collection of them to find out what made them want to join the LDP, their experiences, and where their journey on the programme has taken them. 

Joseph Bispham Tracey Brown Matt Inniss


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.


Application and selection

The application and selection process is exactly the same for all applicants. Everyone must meet the basic eligibility requirements as well as the teaching requirements for the curriculum area you would be teaching. We do not require any prior education 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.

During the application process you will be asked to indicate your preference for the local areas you would most like to be allocated to. Although we cannot guarantee your placement in these areas, please do note that we take extenuating circumstances into account when matching our participants to schools. Do make sure you highlight any circumstances that might affect where you can feasibly be placed with your recruitment officer as early as you can to ensure we are able take this into account.

We recruit on a rolling basis and an early application is advised. To find out which curriculum areas are currently available to teach, please check the availability page. You can find out more about our selection process here.

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