The link between how well you do at school and how much your family earns is stronger in the UK than almost anywhere in the developed world. We're changing this and you can too.
We believe that inspirational teaching and leadership are vital to helping every child succeed, regardless of their background. We support exceptional people like you to become influential leaders through our Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales.
During the programme you'll gain a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education, worth double the credits of a PGCE, to become a qualified teacher. You'll also acquire the key skills and personal qualities needed to develop you into an effective leader - someone who can make a real impact. If you can inspire in the classroom, you can bring resilience, efficiency and imagination to any environment, no matter where your career takes you.
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We value diversity. Some 10% of the participants in the 2016 cohort of our Leadership Development Programme (LDP) told us they had a disability. The 2016 cohort also graduated from 120 different universities, and 43% of them were first-generation university students. We welcome this diversity and are committed to ensuring our selection process is an inclusive experience for all candidates.
- Insight Programme On our award-winning internship you'll spend a week learning the basics of teaching and leadership and a week in one of our partner schools.Intake: Twice a yearLength: Two weeks
- Taster Programme We are now closed for applications. Please check back in the autumn for new programme dates for 2017/18.
- Leadership Development Programme A two-year journey of training, mentoring and internship opportunities.Intake: 2018Length: Two years
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Tips for applying
We recommend you speak to one of our experienced recruitment team before you submit your application: they're here to provide support and advice. Taking it on board may make all the difference.
- Be open We strongly encourage you to share 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.
- Use your best examples The application is your opportunity to demonstrate some of the competencies which we think are essential for success on the programme. We recommend that you take time to consider what your best example for each question is. Feel free to draw on professional, voluntary, personal or academic experiences. As our questions are competency based, we are more interested in the skills and behaviours you have demonstrated than the opportunities you have had. Be explicit, we cannot infer or assume.
Try using the CAR approach for your answer
We're looking for plenty of detail in your answers. To help you cover all the necessary points, try using the following structure in the competency choice question:
- C: provide the Context for the situation.
- A: focus on what Actions you took.
- R: include what the Result was.
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.
Our values translate into our selection competencies, which we use to assess your potential to become an impactful leader. To find a full list of our values, visit our application and selection webpage.
- Humility, respect and empathy As a Teach First participant you will be working with a variety of stakeholders from pupils to parents, teachers to peers. We look for those that can build relationships quickly, giving value and respect to others to get the best out of them.
- Interaction Communicating clearly whilst listening and responding appropriately is very important. As a participant you will need to adapt your style in different situations and contribute as a great team player.
- Understanding and Motivation You will need to show passion for Teach First, our vision and mission, as well as understanding and enthusiasm for the Leadership Development Programme.
- Leadership You will need to be proactive and make decisions on a daily basis as you strive to achieve above and beyond expectations. Taking the lead will be crucial for success.
- Planning and Organising As a Teach First participant you will need to manage daily responsibilities and juggle your priorities. You will need to work efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines and deliver successfully.
- Problem Solving Every day you will face new challenges and will have to come up with considered, effective and appropriate solutions in response. Whilst drawing on resources and logic you will also need to use creativity and innovation to be successful.
We offer a personalised recruitment process to ensure that whatever your situation, you are able to transition onto the LDP as easily as possible. Adjustments are offered on a case-by-case basis at our LDP assessment centre, tailored to the needs of individual candidates. Just some of the examples of adjustments that we offer include:
Lucy Freeman, Teach First Ambassador My left leg below the knee is prosthetic, I have an abnormal right arm with no hand and no digits, and an abnormal left hand with two digits. If I get a new class I tend to just explain my disability to them and give them the chance to ask questions. Read more
Tallulah Bygraves, Teach First Ambassador & Selection Manager Teach First is a fantastic place to work and I feel very privileged to work for an organisation with such an important vision for the future. Read more
Naomi Hosker, 2011 Teach First ambassador, deputy safeguarding lead and teacher of science (former head of department and lead practitioner of science) Teach First and my school worked together to develop a personalised disability support plan for me which included things like deadline extensions for assignments. However, I was fortunate that all my mentors were always incredibly personable and supportive anyway. Read more
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