Emmanuel, pupil at The Business Academy Bexley
How much you achieve in life should not be determined by how much your parents earn. Yet in the UK, it too often is.
We train and support people with leadership potential to become inspirational teachers in schools in low income communities across the UK. These teachers change lives. They help young people believe in themselves, and empower them to build a future they may not have believed possible.
Each year, a new group of trainees join us and our university partners for six weeks of intensive training before teaching in one of our partner schools for at least two years, where they achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Their training and passion for educational equality means that they are dedicated to raising the aspirations of the young people in their classrooms.
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.
In the past ten years more than 400,000 young people have been taught by Teach First teachers. Working in partnership with schools, we've seen better GCSE results and more positive outcomes for the young people living in these communities. But there is still so much more to do.
We are committed to working likeminded individuals and organisations to improve the lives of young people. We have set out our 2022 Impact Goals to show what we are going to focus on in the next ten years. They are:
• Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school.
• Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school.
• Ensure pupils develop key strengths, including resilience and wellbeing, to support high aspirations.
• Narrow the gap in the proportion of pupils in education, employment or training one year after compulsory
• Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25 per cent most selective universities.
By working together we will ensure that every young person can be given the same chances in life, regardless of their background.
View the reports below to find out more about our work and impact.