Teach First

Why partner with us?

Our participants join a Leadership Development Programme which involves achievement of a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Qualified Teacher Status in year one, and access to a range of training and development across the two years to help them become excellent teachers.

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that teachers who train on our programme are seven times more likely to attain leadership positions.

Our training was graded ‘outstanding’ in 41 out of 48 categories assessed in our last Ofsted inspection.

We have placed over 10,000 teachers into schools serving low-income communities, and together they have reached over a million pupils.

“We’ve been working with Teach First for seven years. We know the quality of the participants and the difference that they make is huge! They arrive with the expectation that every child has the right to a good education, no matter their background.”

Rose Hughes, Headteacher, Yardleys School, Birmingham

By partnering with us you can
  • Recruit talented members of staff, who are committed to achieving impact for your pupils, to fill a teacher vacancy in your school for at least two years; 
  • Use your experience to contribute to their training - focusing on the outcomes you want for your pupils;  
  • Work with a national network of people and organisations dedicated to achieving lasting change in education.


Our 3,500 ambassadors are leading change in and out of the classroom. This community includes 14 headteachers and 550 middle and senior school leaders.

58% of those who have completed our programme since 2003 have remained in teaching, with two-thirds in schools serving low-income communities.

There are currently 38 ambassador-led social enterprises focusing on a range of areas including literacy provision and support for pupils at risk of exclusion.

Read more about our impact

Which schools do we work with?
Eligibility is determined by a points system that combines not only economic deprivation amongst pupils but also the local achievement gap between poorer children and their wealthier peers. The criteria means 32% of English primary schools and 36% of English secondary schools are eligible to work with Teach First.
Teach First Cymru works with schools in areas where pupil deprivation has an acute impact on outcomes. Please contact the Teach First Cymru office for further details regarding school eligibility.
How much does it cost?
Contact one of our teams for full details.
What happens after the two years?
More than half of our participants remain in teaching when they have completed the programme. Find out more about what happens after the programme.
Need more information?

If you would like to find out more about how we can support your school, please submit your contact information below and we’ll be in touch. Or you can contact one of our local teams