Ambassador volunteering

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If you’re a Teach First Ambassador, share your expertise, time and enthusiasm while developing new skills, and helping to unlock the potential in all children.

  • Stay connected to the wider Teach First network.
  • Develop new skills.
  • Build key relationships for your school and career.
  • Share your skills and knowledge.
  • Gain valuable experience by helping others to develop professionally.

If you’re a Teach First Ambassador then there are lots of volunteer opportunities for you to contribute time and expertise towards building a fair education for all. How will you get involved?

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteer with us, our schools and our partners. Your expertise, time and commitment will help us to grow, develop talented teachers and leaders, and improve the lives of thousands of children.  

There are lots of great ways for you to get involved:

Volunteer with a school in your community

Even if you don’t teach any more, give some of your time and volunteer with a school. It’s a great way to stay connected with education. And you’ll be helping to unlock the potential in young people 

Help us to fundraise so that we can continue our work

There are countless ways you can fundraise for us. And any contribution you can make will help transform the lives of the UK’s poorest children.  

Offer one-to-one support

Your support can be crucial in helping our trainees and others on our programmes develop into talented teachers and leaders. It’s a great way to share your expertise and help others to grow professionally. Register your interest using the forms below. 

Share your story and inspire others 

Tell others about your experience in education and your words will inspire. Speak at Teach First events. Write a story for the website or talk to young people. 

Hosting a school visit

Invite pupils to your workplace and open their eyes to careers they may have never considered before. It’s a great opportunity to give them a new perspective and inspire them to aim high.

Ready to jump in? 

Complete our form if you’re an: 

Once you're signed up as an ambassador volunteer we’ll keep you posted of voluntary opportunities that match your skills and interests.  

Remember to keep your personal and career details up-to-date in your Directory Profile so that we can match you with the most appropriate opportunities.

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School governorship

Volunteer as a governor and you’ll help to improve education for hundreds of children in your community.  

School governors play a vital role in schools. The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability. It offers support and advice to headteachers making tough decisions about balancing resources, holds responsibility for finance, and has a strategic view on school progress.

Volunteering as a school governor is a fantastic way to:  

  • develop leadership skills 
  • gain greater insight into school management  
  • network with leaders within the field  
  • re-engage with the educational landscape if you no longer work in the classroom 
  • share your expertise  

It’s a great chance to share your skills in project management, influencing and negotiation, decision-making, problem-solving, budget control, recruitment, admin and marketing.   

Interested in becoming a school governor?

  • Contact your local school and check out local authority pages for vacancies. 
  • Get support to become a governor through Governors for Schools. We’ve worked with them since 2005 and they’ve supported hundreds of ambassadors to become school governors. Get in touch with Abigail Bush, Partnership Manager at GfS. Or apply now by completing this application form.  
  • Connect with schools and trustees in England. Inspiring Governance offers a free service supported by the DfE. It provides expert support and training for volunteers and governing bodies.

Develop your skills as a governor using our free online training module

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I'm really enjoying being a governor. It's a great way to put my educational knowledge to good use, allows me to stay connected to schools and is allowing me to develop skills that will be useful later on.
Aidan Hempson-Jones,
2012 Ambassador

Ambassador-led social enterprises

Volunteer with an ambassador-led social enterprise and get involved in some of the most exciting initiatives working towards a fair education system in the UK. You’ll develop your own skills while networking with like-minded people. You’ll share your expertise and knowledge. And above all, you’ll know you’re having a positive effect on the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Future Frontiers 
Become a volunteer career coach and work with secondary age pupils.   

Hackney Pirates  
Use your expertise and passion to support 9-12 year-olds with literacy, confidence, and perseverance. 

Jamie's Farm 
Volunteer to work alongside staff at residential or at half-day sessions and help young people to thrive.  

Get Further 
Volunteer as a tutor to transform life chances for students in further education. 

The Access Project  
Volunteer as a tutor with The Access Project work and help students to raise their grades. 

Prospela 
Become an E-mentor and share your career and work-life insights with under-served students.

Orchestras for All
Unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives.

Don’t forget to sign up either as a Teach First Ambassador in teaching or as an Ambassador no longer in teaching if you want to keep up to date with volunteer opportunities.   

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Sign up for an epic hike. Host a pub quiz. From charity runs to spelling bees, there are so many ways you can fundraise and help to build a fair education for all.

Fundraise for us

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Join a growing number of networks tackling educational inequality. Get to work sharing your skills and knowledge with others to build a fair education for all.

Networks

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Join a growing community of over 10,000 Teach First Ambassadors, united towards unlocking the potential in all children and building a fair education for all.

Ambassadors

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