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Teach First 2017 Innovation Award

Applications now closed

We are working to ensure that all children, no matter where they come from, have an excellent education. 

We are on the hunt for big ideas that will help ensure that, one day, no child’s educational success is limited by their background.  Currently, the single biggest factor affecting a child’s performance at school and life opportunities is their family’s income. 

The Teach First Innovation Award exists to empower individuals with game-changing ideas that will fulfil our goal of ending educational inequality in the UK.

Our Innovation Award will enable up to five social entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a reality. Each Award Winner will receive 6 months full-time salary and a place on our Innovation Accelerator, an intensive programme of technical training, supportive mentoring and expert advice to help you develop, pilot and scale your idea. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to leverage Teach First’s unique education expertise, to access our pioneering and personalised curriculum, and to be part of the Teach First community with desk space and membership of the Innovation Hub and Entrepreneur Network. 

The award is open to anyone with an idea that could help end educational inequality in the UK. Applications have now closed for 2017 – we're shortlisting the entries now, and will soon be back with details of the exciting ideas that are in the running this year. Watch this space, and follow us on social media for updates.

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What winning has meant for me…

One of last year’s winners was Kate Shelley of Tales Toolkit. Find out what winning the award has meant for Kate:



The five winners will:

Be placed on our Innovation Incubator

Receive £15,000 for a six-month salary

Get desk space in our Innovation Hub

Get professional advice in many areas

Be endorsed by Teach First

Join our social enterprise networks

What winning has meant for me….   

Innovation Award winner

"Two things separate the Innovation Unit from other incubators. The first is the quality of the team who run it - they are the best at what they do, meaning that you get individual rather than 'one size fits all' support. The second is the quality of that support - Teach First's reputation means that you get support from experts. I've worked with leading public speaking trainers, senior Bloomberg sales executives, accountants and lawyers. Their support has been invaluable." Matt Hood – Institute for Advanced Teaching

The support you will receive

There is a huge amount of expert support available to our award winners. This document gives you more detail on the key dates of the Incubator sessions for the Award Winners. Mark your diaries!

Application timeline

3 October: Innovation Award applications open.
17 November: Innovation Award application launch - workshops and personalised support to help you develop your application and network with supporters.
8 January: Deadline for Innovation Award applications.
15 and 16 February: Up to 20 shortlisted ideas pitch to the Innovation shortlisting team; up to 10 finalists selected.
7 and 8 March: Up to 10 finalists pitch at the final judging panel.
7 March to 29 March: 60 second videos of finalists showcased on our website for the Community Choice Award.
30 March: Finalists attend the Innovation Award launch. Up to five Award winners announced at the event.
1 April: Award winners package of support begins.

Please read our terms and conditions.

The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by Bloomberg LP.

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