Academic Mentors

Teach First Learning Mentor Programme

Schools need support, now more than ever. Become an academic mentor and help a generation of pupils bounce back from a national education crisis.

  • Part of the government's new National Tutoring Programme
  • Help the country bounce back from COVID-19
  • Salaried classroom experience, using your specialist subject
  • Full-time and part-time options available
  • Reduced application process for other Teach First programmes
  • Become a Teach First ambassador upon completion
2020/21 academic year (earliest start Oct 2020)
Salaried from £19,000 per annum (pro-rata)
Now open for applications

Help schools bounce back from COVID-19 and make a difference to children who need it most.


Our new Academic Mentoring Programme is part of the government-funded National Tutoring Programme: increasing access to high-quality tuition for disadvantaged and vulnerable children (in both primary and secondary).

Secure, fixed-term employment

You’ll earn from the moment you start your training, with a salary of £19,000 per year (pro-rata dependent on start date). Academic mentors will also be officially employed by their school, meaning you will receive all the staff benefits included.

Explore teaching as a career 

The Teach First Academic Mentoring programme is ideal for recent graduates or career changers. With us, you’ll be able to explore the world of teaching without committing to (or paying for) teacher training. It is an ideal opportunity to use your skills and experience to influence pupils positively. You may very well discover a newfound passion and wish to take your teaching aspirations further.

Flexible opportunities, tailored to you      

Full-time and part-time academic mentor opportunities are available. Detail of options will be shared once applications open. 

Join a community of people changing education for the better

Upon completion of the programme you will automatically become a Teach First ambassador. Our community consists of teachers, leaders, policymakers and beyond, bringing their expertise to help unlock the potential in all children. You'll also have access to our networks, where you can link up with other ambassadors, keep up to date with Teach First and look out for new opportunities.

Help our schools recover 

COVID-19 has shaken our country’s education system to its core. As an academic mentor, you will play a key role in helping children in the most disadvantaged areas access high-quality tuition - giving them the confidence to pursue success in academia and beyond.  

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Teach First trainee and pupils in class


Help our country recover from crisis 

While COVID-19 has affected all pupils, it’s had the biggest impact on those from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a result, the attainment gap between them and their peers has widened. Experts believe this crisis could undo ten years of progress in the education sector. We don’t want to let this happen. That’s why we’re seeking talented people to become academic mentors, helping pupils access vital tuition.

Why become a Teach First academic mentor? 

Our government-funded Academic Mentoring Programme aims to provide high-quality tuition to all pupils - especially those who need it most. There is extensive evidence showing the positive impact of tutoring on pupils. As an academic mentor you’ll be a vital part of our country's efforts to bounce back from COVID-19. Apply now and make a real difference from day one, helping children achieve a fair education.

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Teach First trainee and pupil


What does a Teach First academic mentor do? 

Academic mentors are hired to support very specific issues within schools. Exactly what your role entails depends on both the needs of your school and your individual skillset.  

However, most can expect to do the following type of work once in the classroom: 

  • Subject-specific work with small groups.
  • 1:1 subject-specific work.
  • Revision lessons. 
  • Additional support for those shielding or not in school.  

What subjects will you be supporting? 

Currently, we are recruiting academic mentors specialising in one of seven subject areas: 

  • English 
  • Humanities 
  • Maths 
  • Modern foreign languages 
  • Science 
  • Primary literacy
  • Primary numeracy


To help get you the best possible start on the programme, we will provide intensive training for successful applicants. This is split into two camps: 

  • One week of initial training for academic mentors who are already qualified teachers. 
  • Two weeks for those who hold a degree, but are not qualified teachers. 
Teach First trainee
Teach First trainee


The Teach First Academic Mentoring Programme will run for the 2020/21 academic year.

Is the programme right for you? 

Whether you are a recent graduate or are considering a career change, this programme is ideal for those wanting to dip their toes into the teaching profession. 

To be eligible, you must have the following: 

  • Either a completed university degree or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 
  • Grade C (Level 4) or above in GCSE maths and English.  

Other relevant qualifications and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Note that full-time and part-time options are available

How to apply 

Applications are now open for those who have completed any initial teacher training programme:

Apply now

Applications will open soon for those without an initial teacher training qualification. Register your interest and we'll be in touch once you can apply.

Please note that successful applicants will undergo an assessment process.

Your school and start date 

After receiving an offer, successful applicants will be matched with a school and receive a start date. The initial start date for the Academic Mentoring Programme is October. There will be opportunity to take part in start dates later in the year. 

Note that start dates are conditional on the needs of our partner schools – depending on your subject speciality and when you apply. We appreciate your flexibility during this time.

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Teach First trainee at whiteboard

Our country needs teachers, now more than ever. Join our most important cohort for a generation. Places for our 2021 Training Programme now open.

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Help us ensure the poorest children aren’t shut out of a fair education.

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