Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: Careers Leader programme members

Schools need great leadership more than ever. Working with us will give you the tools and networks to build a fairer education system. 

Last updated 9 March 2021


Following the government road map to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions we’ve updated our plans for school support from Teach First staff. For programme which require face to face support in schools we will commence this from 8 March. For the Careers Leadership programme will we continue our support online though for other programmes we will be commencing school visits. Any further updates will be added to these web pages. 

Read the updated guidance

New applicants

Following the successful launch of our 2020-21 programme, we're now accepting new applications for the next cohort of our Careers Leader programme starting in summer 2021.

Current programme members

If you are currently on the programme with us, you will know we’ve made some changes to stay in line with the latest advice and keep you supported through this challenging time. We’ve redesigned our Careers Leader Programme so you can complete the programme flexibly around your schedule within government guidelines.

Each module is now a blend of online learning and a live seminar to facilitate group discussion and collaboration. One-to-one support from your Development Lead will be delivered via five video calls over the course of the programme. Your Development Lead will contact you to arrange these calls at a time and location that works for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We know it’s an uncertain time. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to provide more guidance. As circumstances change, we'll keep these updated with the latest information as soon as we’re able to provide it.

How will the programme be different due to COVID-19?

We recognise COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented uncertainty for schools. Our programme is designed to support schools to develop a strategy and implementation plan that reflects individual school context which will be even more important in the 20-21 academic year. We’ve also taken a number of steps to respond to COVID-19 in terms of our practical delivery of the programme and reviewing our curriculum, ensuring that content is supporting schools during this challenging time and maximising virtual delivery.

How will the programme respond to changes in careers education due to COVID-19?

We’re working with a range of partners to reflect the changing labour market and prepare you to lead careers at this critical time. We’re developing our curriculum to reflect changes in the economy and the skills young people need to successfully make their next steps. You'll also receive more support on virtual solutions and best practice in a world where face-to-face careers activity is likely to be restricted.

How will I connect with other careers leaders regionally and nationally?

We work with careers leaders across England and provide opportunities to connect with careers leaders at a national and regional level. At online seminars you will get to know careers leaders who are working in schools in your region. Through events, online seminars and (when appropriate) visits to other contexts, you will share ideas, collaborate and problem-solve with schools local to you and schools working on similar priorities.

We encourage careers leaders to get involved with our regional and national networks. You’ll hear more about this over the programme. A great place to start making the most of this community is by following @TFCareersNetwork and @TF_Ambassadors on Twitter. 

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