Winners of the Teach First Innovation Award 2017 stand together

Teach First Innovation Award 2018

The countdown to awards night is on. This year's award winners will be announced on 22 March 2018.

Teach First Innovation Award 2018

Our annual hunt for the big ideas that can help ensure that no child's educational success is limited by their background is nearing its conclusion. The final of this year's Teach First Innovation Award takes place at the head office of Bloomberg LLP on 22 March. The ten finalists will make their final pitches to our judging panel and up to five winners will be announced. 

Innovation areas

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

It enables up to five winners to turn their ideas into a reality. Each Award Winner will receive six months’ full-time salary and a place on our Innovation Incubator, an intensive programme of technical training, supportive mentoring and expert advice to help them develop, pilot and scale their idea.

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

For this year's Innovation Award, we're seeking applications from individuals who have game-changing ideas in the two innovation areas set out below. We believe that supporting and developing innovations to address these areas will make the biggest difference in closing the gap for young people from low-income communities.

The two innovation areas are:

  1. Raising the attainment of the lowest-performing pupils
  2. Supporting pupil progression into employability in a variety of sectors.

What the winners will recieve

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Innovation Incubator
A place on our Incubator, with access to expert support.
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Salary
Six months’ full-time salary of £15,000.
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Desk space
Office resources in our Innovation Hub.
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Professional advice
Covering legal, finance, comms, HR and fundraising.
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Official endorsement
Innovation Award Winner logo and Teach First endorsement.
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Membership
Access to our Innovation Hub and Entrepreneur Network.

The support our winners 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!

April 2018 to August 2018 September 2018 to March 2019
Research Design Implement Evaluate Iterate
Preparing to pilot through researching and design an innovative programme underpinned by impact measurement. Establishing business foundations to prepare for sustainability and growth.
Monthly workshops: A series of monthly workshops support you to develop a theory of change, financial management tools and effective governance. Fortnightly workshops: During the piloting phase fortnightly workshops support you to lead the organisation to establish an effective route to market, strong operations and a strategic plan.
Salary to go full-time with your idea (£2,500 per month)
Endorsement from Teach First, desk space in the Innovation Hub, one-to-one business and financial mentoring, membership in the Entrepreneur Network and support from industry experts and education specialists.

Please read our terms and conditions.

“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. The second is the quality of that support – Teach First's reputation means that you get support from experts.” 

Matt Hood – Institute for Advanced Teaching 

How else we can support you

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Identified a problem? Develop the answer
Spend ten months developing and testing solutions.
Apply for the Series
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Already have an idea? Take it further
Spend a day analysing your plans and thinking about next steps.
Attend a Booster

The final of this year's Teach First Innovation award will take place at the head office of Bloomberg LLP on 22 March. The ten finalists will make their final pitches and up to five winners will be announced.

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