Frustrated with educational inequality in the UK?
Innovation Series are for people who have identified a problem in education which they want to solve, but who do not yet have a fully developed solution.
You will be supported to learn more about the problem, generate new ideas to solve it and pilot the best idea to determine if it makes a difference.
You can apply to take part in an Innovation Series as an individual or team. You don’t have to be a teacher, or a Teach First ambassador to apply. We are looking for people:
- Who have identified a problem in education they are passionate about solving (you don’t need to have the solution yet!)
- Who are committed to taking part in all five events which take place as part of the Series and working on their project in between over the academic year.
- Who are either second-year participants on the Leadership Development Programme (LDP), Teach First ambassadors or people who haven’t done our programme but are passionate about developing new solutions to educational inequality (you can’t apply if you’re on your first year on the LDP)
The 8 stages of an Innovation Series
APPLICATION Tell us about the problem you want to solve
PROBLEM Understand the problem you are trying to solve
IDEAS Generate solutions using innovation techniques
DEVELOPMENT Create pilot and evaluation plans
PITCH Present at Dragons' Den for the Innovation fund
PILOT Deliver & measure the impact of your pilot with support from a mentor
ANALYSIS & EVALUATION Reflect on pilot, analyse results, plan next steps
APPLY TO AWARD Progress your idea by applying to our Innovation Award (optional)
Applications for Innovation Series in
2016 have now closed.
Applications for next year will open in summer 2017, with the Series starting in September 2017 running through to June 2018. To receive more information, please email us.
Why apply for an Innovation Series near you?
Once you’ve developed a solid idea, you’ll get the chance to pitch in a friendly Dragons’ Den to win funding to help you to pilot your idea.
Test an idea
Innovation Series are all about problem-solving through creating and doing, rather than simply discussing. We’ll help you analyse the problem, build your idea and test it over the year.
It's free of charge
Not just that, if your application is successful we'll cover your costs for the training days including meals and some travel expenses.
Anyone can apply
Educational inequality is complex, and needs people from different sectors and walks of life to collaborate on solutions. You can apply as an individual or a team and you don’t have to be a teacher to apply.
You’ll meet interesting, like-minded people from education, business and other backgrounds, who will share your journey and support you along the way.
You’ll receive advice and mentoring about how to generate ideas, plan your pilot, evaluate your pilot and much more over the course of the Series.
What happens after an Innovation Series?
Martha took part in the Innovation Series in the South East in 2015. She was frustrated by observing low levels of self-control affecting her pupils wellbeing and academic attainment. Through the Innovation Series she was supported to pilot a solution; Mindful Music, which teaches children self-control to develop behaviour for learning that leads to improved academic attainment and wellbeing. After evaluating her pilot at the end of the Innovation Series she was supported to enter the 2015 Teach First Innovation Award. Mindful Music won the Award in September 2015.
Through the Award programme, the £15,000 grant to pay her salary and the intense mentoring support, she has been able to establish Mindful Music as a social organisation with Teach First’s endorsement to help promote the organisation.
The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by Bloomberg LP.