Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: Leading Together programme members

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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. During Step 1A of the lifting of restrictions we will commence essential school visits with an intent to increase this in Step B onwards. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your Achievement Partner. 

Read the updated guidance

Current programme members

If you’re enrolled on our Leading Together programme, rest assured that the programme will continue. But we’re making some changes to stay in line with the latest advice and keep you supported through this challenging time.

In line with government guidelines, we are delivering module content online. Our immediate priority is to work with you and your team in a bespoke way that supports you with the current challenges and the priorities your school now faces. We can hold online one-to-one coaching sessions, work with you or small groups on key areas, and/or hold team coaching sessions.

We will begin to visit schools again for essential visits during ‘Step 1A’ between 8 and 29 March; from 29 March we hope to expand this to all schools. Where staff work with you one-to-one, they will continue to do so – but these meetings will be conducted via phone or video link in most cases. Although we may not be with you in person, we’re here to help and are (digitally speaking) right behind you every step of the way. 

Face-to-face visits in schools 

From 8 March to 29 March (Step 1A to Step 1B) we will only be able to provide essential face-to-face support. This covers support that can’t be done online and without which a trainee or school is at risk of withdrawing from their programme(s). This could be an observation of a trainee for whom progress is ‘a cause for concern’; or a group coaching session, which is considered essential support.

From 29 March or Step 1B to the end of restrictions we will be intending to arrange a visit to all trainees where a school allows. However, it’s possible that the person visiting each school would not be the typical Development Lead. School visits regarding fundraising and videography activity might also take place in these areas.

We will continue to provide most of our school support online where it is sensible to do so. To minimise risk and to reduce the likelihood of Teach First spreading COVID-19 between schools, our employees will only be permitted to make one school visit per day.

Our university partners are determining next steps regarding their tutor visits for the Training Programme and are continuing to work closely in partnership with Development Leads and our  support teams.

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. 

Are the Leading Together programme start and end dates changing?

There are no changes to the programme start and end dates for any of the Leading Together cohorts: 

  • Cohort 2 continues until April 2021.
  • Cohort 3 starts on 30 March 2020 and runs until April 2022.
  • Applications are now open for cohort 4 starting in spring 2021. 
What about Leading Together residentials, Kick Off Day and Twilights?

Module content usually covered at the Summer residentials for Cohort 2 and in-person twilights are being delivered online throughout the Autumn term. Cohort 3 content is now being delivered online throughout the autumn term. Contact your Achievement Partner for information about dates for your regional cluster.

Will support for Leading Together schools continue?

Yes. Bespoke support from the Achievement Partner is continuing virtually. This might include one-to-one coaching sessions or group sessions.

What about working with other schools? Can you help me with what other schools are doing to react to COVID-19?

Given current restrictions, we're sorry that cluster Twilights and visits to other schools aren't possible right now. Twilights are delivered online this term with other schools so you still have opportunities to collaborate. Your Achievement Partner will continue to support you to access other school’s expertise.

What happens if my Achievement Partner falls ill / is unable to work?

If your Achievement Partner is absent for any reason we will be in touch to let you know and to identify what support you need in their absence. All our Achievement Partners are trained to the same high level of skill and competence for the role. Our priority is the continuity of your programme so we will work closely with you to identify the most important areas for immediate focus.

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