Where you could teach

We put you in schools across England where you can make the biggest difference to disadvantaged pupils. Take a look at the regions we work in.

Where will I be placed?

You can tell us where you’d like to work and what you want to teach on your application form. We’ll take this into account, but we’ll always prioritise the needs of the schools and their pupils over your preferences, so it’s good to keep an open mind.

If you have extenuating circumstances that mean you need to stay in a certain location, please speak to us as soon as you open your application.

You’ll be placed in one school for the whole two year programme. Because we know how important consistency is to you, your school and your pupils. 

Wherever you’re teaching, you’ll find that Teach First trainees form close-knit, supportive groups. Many choose to live together. You'll be given advice on finding affordable housing and how to connect with other trainees looking for accommodation in the same area.

To be considered for our Primary/Early years places, you will need to be completely flexible on location and willing to relocate (within England) to where our schools and students need you the most.

These are the regions we work in:

East Midlands

A huge area full of history and legends old and new – think Lincoln Cathedral, Robin Hood and 2015/16 Premier League Champions Leicester City. Its cities of all shapes and sizes, and the stunning scenery of the Peak District, make it an exciting region to explore.

It’s full of young people with loads of potential too. Some of them need your help to reach it, such as those in Derby, one of the government’s opportunity areas. Northamptonshire is also a big area of growth for the region with demand from schools increasing significantly over the last few years.

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East of England

The East of England is an incredibly diverse area with cities, towns, rural countryside and, perhaps most surprisingly, around 500 miles of coastline to explore! With several universities in the region, including the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia, there’s also plenty of educational aspiration on the doorstep.

But lofty academic reputations and natural beauty means the less affluent places where we work are often overlooked. These include parts of Ipswich, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, all of which have been identified as opportunity areas by the government.

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London

You may know London for its world-class museums, theatres and nightlife. What you might not know about are its world-class schools. Educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in the capital have gone from being the worst in the country to the best.

But there’s still so much more to do. Pupils from lower-income backgrounds continue to get a raw deal. For example, just under 50% of pupils on free school meals at Teach First-eligible primary schools in London reached expected levels of attainment in reading, writing and maths, compared to a national average of 62%. In order to work in the schools where you are needed the most, our geography spans into the outer and fringe areas of Greater London.

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North East

The North East team spans from the Scottish border, all the way down to North Yorkshire. It is an eclectic combination of beautiful beaches, historic former industrial towns and remote countryside.

The vast majority of our partner schools are based in the central, coastal part of the region: think East Durham, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool. We also have strong presence in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees. Great teachers and leaders are needed throughout the area though, and we are hoping to expand our impact in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, Darlington and North Tyneside year on year. 

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North West

Arguably one of the most influential regions in the country, in terms of sport, the arts and technology. Its music scene regularly conquers the globe and it’s the birthplace of the modern computer. And if the pace of innovation gets a bit much, you can go and relax in Lake District.

Why not help disadvantaged young people in opportunity areas, such as Blackpool and Oldham so they can follow in some inspiring footsteps? We’re also looking to expand our impact in places like Cumbria.

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South East and South Coast

The South East and South Coast is an expansive area covering, coast and countryside, as well as some of the UKs major towns and cities. Your weekends could be spent hitting the shops in Southampton, visiting the dockside at Portsmouth, or strolling along the beach in Hastings or Margate, to name just a few.

But despite the opportunities and relative affluence in the region, there is a real issue with rural, urban and coastal poverty and deprivation.

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South West

Home to some of the UK’s best beaches, national parks and culture-rich cities such as Bath and Bristol, not to mention one of the world’s largest music festivals – Glastonbury (but you knew that). The South West of England is a popular place to live and visit. Our schools stretch from Plymouth in the south, to Minehead in the west, Gloucester in the north and Reading in the east.

The South West has many pockets of deprivation where educational inequality is damaging the chances of disadvantaged young people. One of those is West Somerset, which has been identified as one of the government’s opportunity areas. Plymouth and West Somerset are areas of the country where there is a real focus on improving educational outcomes and social mobility.

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West Midlands

Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city, towers over the West Midlands and gives you access to all the entertainment, shopping and restaurants you’d expect from a cosmopolitan hub. There’s plenty to do beyond the city too. The teacher in you will have already spotted Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-upon-Avon aren’t far away. Think of all the learning opportunities!

As with many large urban regions there are several places which lag behind educationally where great teachers are needed, such as the government opportunity area Stoke-on-Trent.

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Hull - the region’s famous cities need no introduction, neither do its national parks, such as the Yorkshire Dales. Not to mention the joys of ambling around its country villages or eating fish and chips on Whitby Harbour.

The region is a powerhouse in everything it turns its hands to – on its own the county would have finished 14th in the 2016 Olympics medal table. We want its schools to be powerhouses too, especially in the opportunity areas of Bradford, Doncaster and Scarborough.

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