The power of networks

Connections make us stronger. Together, your community drives positive change in education.

The power of networks

We know that people power change. Networks increase that power by joining us together into a community and a movement. This movement of leaders has a real impact on educational inequality, whether they work inside or outside of the classroom. Join an existing network, or start your own, to create a space for ideas, debate, and connections to flow.  

Check out the range of networks

Action networks

Action networks are made of a mixture of participants and/or ambassador representatives, Teach First employees from regional teams and university partners. The make-up of your network will depend on your region and will adapted to the needs of your community.


These networks meet regularly in-region, to provide community representation through feedback to Teach First. Action networks identify and take action towards addressing specific local needs, both within and outside of Teach First.


Action networks meet at regional offices, conference days or use video conferencing depending on the region. Use the contact details below to find out more and how you can get involved.


- Cymru Action Network (CAN) - Facebook group Cymru Action Network

- East Midlands Action Network (EMAN) - @EastMidsAction

- London East Action Network (LEAN) - @LDNEastAction

North East Action Network (NEAN) - @jackalexandermc (Jack McGuire - participant chair) and @RosannaHume (ambassador chair)

- North West Action Network (NWAN)@NWActionNetwork

- West London Action Network (WLAN) - @TFWLAN

- West Midlands Action Network (WMAN) - @WMActionNetwork

- Yorkshire and the Humber Action Network (YHAN) - @YHActionNetwork and @TeachFirstY

Language networks

London MFL Network - this network aims to bring language teachers together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of language teaching in post-Brexit Britain, and to share best practice around the new specification.  Follow the network on Twitter @MFLLondon or email mfllondonnetwork@gmail.com.

Leadership networks

 - The Professional Services Network: A network for ambassadors working outside of the classroom, but who want to stay connected to and working towards ending educational disadvantage. This network incorporates ambassador sub-networks in businesses such as Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte. But the network also includes individuals who want to get involved in school outreach work, volunteering and fundraising. Join the Ambassadors in Business group on LinkedIn to get involved in the conversation, and for updates on activity and events.   

 - The Headteacher Network: a network for current headteachers, who meet up around three times each year to share experience and knowledge.

 - The Shared Headship Network comprises of SLT ambassadors dedicated to help solve the headship and teacher recruitment crisis via job-sharing. They offer a range of support from networking opportunities to practical job application support and even coaching. They are dedicated to change the culture and conversation around teacher recruitment too and are working across all stakeholders from governors to current headteachers to make that happen. Check out their website, follow them on Twitter, and register your interest to join the network.

- The SLT Network is a network run by Assistant and Deputy Head Teachers from a variety of training routs including Teach First and beyond.  The network is designed to support the development of their SLT peers across schools in London.  The network hosts events, CPD, and rely on the people who join to attend, volunteer their expertise, and share their resources.  Sign up, or follow the network on Twitter.  

Teach First Civil Service Ambassadors - this network aims to bring together ambassadors across the civil service, as well as other civil servants interested in tackling educational disadvantage. Contact the group on TFCivilServiceAmbassadors@gmail.com and sign up for email updates.

Policy networks

- North East Network - this network meets every term in Newcastle to discuss all things policy related.  Non-Teach First guests are invited, and guest speakers / themes are communicated in advance.  For more information contact Clare.  

- North East Research Network - a home for teachers to explore evidence-informed practice and connect practitioners with similar interests.  Follow this network on Twitter @N_E_RN.  

Yorkshire & Humber Policy Network - now in its fourth year, this network brings together educational leaders to debate and discuss key issues and changes in education. The network meet a handful of times across the year, and in the past, have hosted pizza & policy nights around the general election and Brexit, forums on cultural capital, and most recently an evening with the DfE. If you're interested in getting involved, join and post in the TF YH Policy Network Facebook group. 

Regional networks

Liverpool Network - a network for ambassadors living and working in Liverpool.  Join their Facebook Group for updates.  

 - London Primary Network - this network offers a fantastic selection of high quality CPD events each term, engaging speaker panels linked to the current climate of primary education, and networking opportunities to enhance the impact made on children in the primary school setting.  The network collaborates and shares ideas across schools, phases, and areas through events and virtual networking with the aim of building a strong community where everyone feels empowered.  This network is open to everyone, regardless of whether you are a primary teacher or not.  Join the Facebook Group for updates.  

North West English Network - led by three North West 2015 ambassadors, aims to offer CPD, support, and guidance to the growing number of English participants and ambassadors in the region.  They are currently focusing on a podcast series.  Follow this network on Twitter @TheEnglishNetw1.

Norwich Ambassador Network - open to all ambassadors based in and around Norwich.  The network has informal meetings roughly every two months where ambassadors can socialise, network, and share ideas.  

West Midlands Leaders' Network - recently set up in the West Midlands by three ambassador senior leaders.  The launch event will be held on 18 January 2019 - invites to come!


Want to get involved?  

We're happy to introduce you to the network organisers, support you to form a new network, and answer any questions you may have.

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