Teach First

About us

About

Our mission is to end inequality in education by building a community of exceptional leaders who create change within classrooms, schools and across society. 

Everyone can remember one incredible teacher that made a real difference to their life. We train and support committed individuals to become inspirational classroom leaders in low-income communities across England and Wales. These classroom leaders 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 participants joins us and our university partners for six weeks of intensive training before teaching in one of our partner schools for at least two years while completing our Leadership Development Programme. Their training and their 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. Some set up social enterprises, some become school governors and others champion the importance of education within policy or business. But, no matter where they end up, they are all dedicated to supporting young people achieve, not just in the classroom, but in life.

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Our vision, mission and values

What we're working towards and why

Our strategy

Working in partnership

Who we work with and how you can partner with us

Tough Young Teachers

The BBC Three documentary about our work

Our people

Our people

Our trustee board and senior team 

Our history

Our history

What we've achieved since our launch in 2002

Our annual review

Our work towards the vision in 2012/13