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About TeachFirst

Teach First is an influential charity and an increasingly powerful movement founded to address this problem directly. Now in its eleventh year, it has played a part in changing the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of outstanding graduates and experienced professionals and equips them with leadership skills to enable inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England and Wales

Your Career
Benefits
Training
Progression

What to expect

By joining Teach First you are committing to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) during your first year on the Leadership Development Programme - a qualification that means, whatever you decide to do after Teach First, you will be able to return to teaching in the future.

Starting out

You'll start as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, university and Teach First. By teaching and reflecting on the experience and participating in ongoing leadership development training from Teach First, you'll develop the skills and behaviours that will earn your teaching qualification.

Achieving the qualification

The award is based on you having developed a file of evidence which is reviewed at the end of year one of the programme. It will include four written assignments (two of which will be at Masters level), weekly written reflections in a journal, observations and a final external assessment.

Newly Qualified Teacher

In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), which will allow you to participate in your school's induction programme - usually featuring further training, orientations and conferences. You will also continue to be closely supported by your mentors, tutors and Teach First.

Benefits

Financial

Full time paid position for two years

Discount

Reduced price Masters Degree option

Progression

Ongoing leadership development, coaching, business training and skills workshops

Access to professional development and network of supporters

Training

  • During the first year you will be provided with a dedicated training provider who will work with you in various locations across England and Wales.
    • This will begin at Summer Institute and continue during your path towards the PGCE, through practice and reflective assignments.
  • During the Summer Institute you will meet key people within Teach First who will support you during the two year programme.
  • You will also receive mentors at Teach First partner school when placed. They will support you in your development as a teacher. These mentors will carry out classroom observations and one-on-one support.
  • You university will also provide tutors who will meet and be trained by at Summer Institute. They will provide first year support until you have gained your PGCE.
  • You will also have a Teach First Leadership Development Officer (LDO). Leadership Development Officers are qualified teachers, and often ambassadors of the programme themselves. You will work closely with your LDO in the second year as they support you in achieving the ambitious visions and goals you set for your pupils.

What does the future hold?

In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), which will allow you to participate in your school's induction programme - usually featuring further training, orientations and conferences. You will also continue to be closely supported by your mentors, tutors and Teach First.

Teachers have to be leaders. Therefore the Teach First Leadership Development Programme is able to boast results like no other. The skills you acquire in during your time on the LD Programme will put you in the perfect position for whatever career you choose in the future. Be it in the classroom or a management/leadership position in another field.
Newly Qualified Teacher