Academic Mentoring Programme: School eligibility

Information for schools on eligibility and mentor numbers for the Academic Mentoring Programme.

If you're a candidate and want to find out more about eligibility, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my school eligible?

At Teach First we prioritise working with schools serving disadvantaged communities throughout England. Our criteria for partner schools are agreed with the Department for Education (DfE). They are used to identify schools that will benefit most from working with us. We use the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and Achieving Excellence Areas (AEA); a measure that recognises parts of the country where children consistently underperform.

This focuses on schools that have either:

  • an IDACI of 40 or greater (40% of pupils live in the three most deprived deciles)
  • an IDACI of 35 to 40 and an AEA score of 4 to 6
  • an IDACI of 30 to 35 and an AEA score of 5 or 6
  • an IDACI of 25 to 30 and an AEA score of 6

If you do not meet the criteria above, but your school has an above average pupil premium, we may be able to place an academic mentor at your school if there is availability in your area.

If you’re not sure whether your school qualifies, get in touch and we’ll be able to help.

How many mentors can I have in my school?

Each eligible school can request up to two mentors. Even if your school has two phases (e.g. primary and secondary), the maximum number of mentors your school can request is two.

You can request academic mentors in the following subject areas:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Primary - numeracy
  • Primary - literacy
If my school is eligible, am I guaranteed to get an academic mentor?

We are working hard to match as many mentors to schools as possible; however, we are experiencing very high demand for mentors so we cannot guarantee this. We encourage schools to contact us as soon as possible if they’re interested in hiring a mentor.

Can my school have two academic mentors and one tutor at the same time?

Yes, your school would be welcome to access support from the National Tutoring Programme’s Tuition Partners pillar alongside our Academic Mentoring Programme. Find out more on the Tuition Partners pillar’s webpage

Hire a mentor

For more information on the Academic Mentoring Programme, return to the directory.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact academicmentoring@teachfirst.org.uk.

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