What you could teach

What subjects are available to teach on our Training Programme across England right now, and how we match you up.

We have already had very high levels of interest and volumes of applications for our 2021 programme and we do not at this point have more vacancies in Primary/Early Years. As we work to understand school demand, more places may become available, and there may be an opportunity to apply for these subjects later in the year. However, we cannot guarantee when this will happen as it depends on the needs of our schools.

If you are eligible for other subjects, particularly Computing, Maths or Science, we’d encourage you to apply to teach one of these subjects – this is where our schools currently have greatest need.

Our trainees teach numerous curriculum areas in primary and secondary schools across England. We fill our vacancies as soon as we find candidates who meet our requirements. To improve your chances of getting a place teaching your chosen subject we recommend applying as soon as possible.

The table below shows which curriculum areas are currently available nationally – bear in mind you may be asked to teach more than one in your school. Keep an eye on this page for the most up-to-date information. 

Places often fill at different rates across regions. That means subject availability can differ from the table below in certain locations. Find out what subjects are available in different regions.

Teach First subject availability October 2020

If you get a place on our Training Programme, we’ll match you to a subject. This will be based on the needs of our schools and your eligibility to teach it. You can rank your subject preferences in your application, but we’ll only take into account your preferences for subjects you’re eligible to teach.

The need for teachers is particularly great in science, maths, computing and modern foreign languages, so if you are eligible to teach one of these subjects it is unlikely that you will be considered for other subjects.

I’d like to teach science. How can I boost my subject knowledge?

If you have A-levels at grade B or above in biology, chemistry or physics, or have studied a science degree, you can still be a physics or chemistry specialist in school.

Teach First will help you access a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme to develop your knowledge. The SKE course will be free to eligible candidates.

What if there’s no availability in the subject I want to teach?

If there are no more places left for your chosen subject in the current intake you won’t be able to apply for it in that recruitment year. You can apply for vacancies in the following year when they open. 

We sometimes change our requirements for a new recruitment year so keep checking our website when we reopen applications to make sure you’re still eligible to apply.

Does Teach First offer a reserve system if what I want to teach is full?

We review availability by subject and region throughout the year; if there are no places left in a particular subject/region we will make you an offer to teach an alternative so long as you are eligible and there is availability. If this is not possible, we may be able to consider a reserve list place.

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