We put you in schools across England and Wales 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.
These are the regions we work in:
Home to some of the UK’s best surf 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.
It’s also home to 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. These are parts of the country where there is a particular focus on improving educational outcomes and social mobility.
In 2019 we recruited for early years, primary, English, maths, modern foreign languages and science teachers here.
South East and South Coast
London’s within easy reach in one direction, France is a train or ferry ride in the other. But despite the opportunities all around, only one in four pupils on free school meals in this area will make it to university. Compared to one in two nationally. Hastings is particularly badly affected and has been designated as an opportunity area by the government.
In 2019 we recruited for early years, primary, English, geography, history, maths, religious education and science teachers here.
You may know London for its world class museums, theatres and night life. 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 2019 we recruited for early years, primary, business, computing, design and technology, English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages, music, religious education and science teachers here.
Currently there are very limited spaces available in London.
East of England
With several universities in the region, including the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia, there’s plenty of educational aspiration on the doorstep. On top of that there’s around 500 miles of coastline to explore, including several beaches that might make you think you’ve stumbled onto the Mediterranean.
But lofty academic reputations and natural beauty means the less affluent places where we work are often overlooked, including parts of Fenland, Ipswich and Norwich identified as opportunity areas by the government.
In 2019 we recruited for primary, English, history, maths and science teachers here.
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 already have spotted Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-upon-Avon aren’t far away. Think of 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.
In 2019 we recruited for early years, primary, English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages, primary, religious education and science teachers here.
A huge area full of history and legends old and new – think Lincoln Cathedral, Robin Hood and 2015/16 Premier League Champions Leicester City. What’s more, cities of all shapes and sizes, and the dramatic 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, another of the government’s opportunity areas.
In 2019 we recruited for early years, primary, English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages and science teachers here.
Yorkshire and the Humber
Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Hull, you won’t need an introduction to the region’s famous cities nor 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.
In 2019 we recruited for primary, English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages and science teachers here.
Arguably one of the most influential regions in the country, if not the world, in terms of sport, the arts and technology. Its football teams win everything, 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 the Lake District.
Why not help disadvantaged young people in opportunity areas such as Blackpool and Oldham follow in some inspiring footsteps?
In 2019 we recruited for English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages, primary and science teachers here.
A region of contrasts, from the bright lights of Newcastle to the medieval charms of Durham and the wild Northumberland coast. The area’s education system follows this theme of extremes too. It has the best outcomes for disadvantaged five-year-olds, but the lowest proportion of disadvantaged pupils gaining a place at a top university.
We want to make sure those pupils from low income backgrounds achieve what their potential deserves.
In 2019 we recruited for primary, English, geography, history, maths, modern foreign languages, primary and science teachers here.