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Teach First is an education charity with a vision that no child’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background. Teach First works with like-minded people and organisations towards a day where every child has the excellent education they are entitled to.

Teach First offers a two-year Leadership Development Programme for those interested in an employment-based route into teaching. Trainees join Teach First and their university partners for six weeks of intensive training before teaching in a school in a low-income community for two years, where they achieve a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), a full-time salary and real responsibility in the classroom from day one. Trainees are also supported with professional development, coaching and opportunities to network with supporters from all industry sectors.

More than half of those who successfully complete the two-year programme continue to teach. Others go on to work in different sectors of society towards a future where no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. Some set up social enterprises, some become school governors and others champion the importance of education within policy or business. All are committed to supporting young people achieve, not just in the classroom, but in life.

Where can I do the programme?

Teach First places participants in England and Wales.

The programme is currently offered in the following regions: East Midlands, Greater London, Kent and Medway, North East, North West, South Coast, South West, Wales (South), West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

What qualifications do I need?

In order to apply for the programme, eligible candidates will need to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • 2:1 degree or above, 300 UCAS points (or equivalent, excluding general studies)
  • have a degree or A levels that satisfy the teaching subject requirements - more information on these can be found on the Teach First website
  • grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE maths and English (grade C in one science GCSE also required for primary teaching eligibility)
  • flexibility to work anywhere where the programme is offered
  • commitment for the duration of the two year Leadership Development Programme

In addition to this, candidates need to demonstrate relevant subject knowledge and the following competencies:

  • humility, respect, and empathy
  • interaction
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • planning and organising
  • problem solving
  • resilience
  • self-evaluation

What funding is available?

Teach First participants are paid and employed by their primary or secondary school throughout the two years. In your first year you are paid a basic salary as an unqualified teacher. Depending on responsibilities, experience and location the school may pay more. In the second year participants are newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and are paid according to the qualified teacher pay ranges.

For the two years on the programme, participants are guaranteed a full-time salary, paid by the school they are working in. There are no tuition fees.

Accommodation, transport and food expenses are provided over the Summer Institute (the residential training at the start of the programme before entering the classroom). Teach First is aware that there are those who will require financial support over this period and discretionary financial advances are available to anyone requiring this support.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2014 Teach First Leadership Development Programme are now open. Applicants must register their interest and apply online. Please visit the Teach First website for the latest information.