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Teach First

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in this country are being let down by one of the most unfair education systems in the developed world, and the knock-on effect of this injustice lasts a lifetime. It’s a cycle we’re determined to break, but we need your help.

On our two-year Leadership Development Programme, we’ll support you to become a qualified teacher through a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership. By training on the job, you’ll have an immediate impact on the lives of the young people who need you the most.

And, whether you choose to remain in the classroom or pursue another career after the programme, you’ll benefit from Teach First’s influential network of organisations and businesses who share our commitment to ending educational inequality and value the skills and experience our participants gain.

After the two years, more than half of our trainees continue teaching in schools, many progressing into leadership positions. Others move into positions in government, industry and their own social enterprises, remaining connected to our goal of ending educational inequality.

Since 2002 Teach First has been finding and developing talented people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges, helping to change the lives of more than one million disadvantaged children so far.

Could you help us reach the day when no child’s educational success is limited by their background?

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More about Teach First

Our Values

Teach First is a values-driven organisation.

Our values shape our culture and how we operate and we expect you to model them throughout the application process and during your time on the programme. These translate into our selection competencies, which we use to assess your potential to become an impactful leader.

Humility, Respect, and Empathy

Interaction

Knowledge

Leadership

Planning and Organising

Problem Solving

Resilience

Self-evaluation

Diversity & Inclusion

How we’re creating a diverse teaching workforce 

Growing the percentage of our participants from priority areas such as STEM, BAME and males is an organisational priority as part of our 2015-19 strategy. As such, we have created a diversity governance structure to ensure that we have awareness, buy-in and accountability for diversity at all levels. Colleagues from every level of the organisation have an understanding of our diversity strategy and progress towards achieving our vision.  

Our recruiters undergo training on unconscious bias, provided by specialist Rare Recruitment, and on inclusion. We are also committed to ensuring our selection process is an inclusive experience for all candidates. 

We strongly encourage you to disclose information about your disability on your application form to ensure we are able to support you throughout the application and selection process and enable you to demonstrate your full potential. The information you provide will be confidential and will only be shared with our assessors, who need to be aware of necessary adjustments. It will not form part of our selection process. 

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