When you hear the word ‘teacher’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Mentor? Helper? Leader?

I think the word leader is exceptionally important when we think of the word teacher. Teachers are leaders for life; they help and train the next generation, they help manage and run schools all over the country. In order to be a good teacher, you also need to be a leader.

At Teach first, our central aim is to develop our trainee teachers into just that: leaders for life. Our mission statement is to tackle and find solutions to the persistent problem of educational inequality in the British education system.

Did you know that educational inequality is more deeply entrenched in the United Kingdom than in any other developed country? To give you an example, 33% of pupils on Free School Meals achieved 5 A*-Cs at GCSE compared to 60.5% of all other pupils. On top of that, If you are on free school meals, you are 5 times less likely to attend to university, compared to those who attend independent schools. Now of course, only wealthy parents can afford to send their kids to schools that charge, on average, £13,000 a year. The vast bulk of the population cannot afford that. But even within the state school sector, there is a big divide between schools that do well, and have high numbers of pupils that attend Russel group universities and Oxbridge, and those that don’t. Such disadvantage at a young age can hamper a child’s development throughout their life and is a major cause of wider social inequality in our society.

Teach First therefore focus its resources on those schools that are located in high areas of deprivation and underperforming schools. Our trainee teachers are given the time commitment and resources necessary to become leaders for life and inspire those kids that they can break the cycle of deprivation and go onto to enter higher education.

Since its founding, Teach First has had a proven track record of success. We have recruited close to 10,000 teachers and our partner schools serving low income communities across the U.K have now taught over 1 million pupils. 80% of pupils on our Futures programme progress to Higher Education – compared to 17% of students from low-income backgrounds nationally. Over 3000 teach first teachers in schools all across London have helped turn dozens of schools from failing to excellent or outstanding  and over 63 per cent of A Level pupils eligible for free school meals in inner London, are now progressing onto higher education. These are great steps, but there is much, much more work that needs to be done. And that’s where you come in.

Teach First is constantly looking for the next generation of committed leaders for life to help build on our work. We recruit graduates in all subject areas. If you join our two year full time leadership development programme (LDP) you will be on a paid programme that will give you a teaching qualification, a potential Master’s degree in leadership development as well as a PGDE which you will have with you for the rest of your life, enabling you to teach anywhere. Above all, however, you can make a difference to children’s lives by becoming a leader for life.

Teach first’s Brand Managers are always active on or around campus. If you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of us, like our Facebook page, and sign up to our events which are held regularly. Take control of your career today, and apply for Teach First.



Michael Oatway

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