Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for applicants and incoming trainees

Applications for our 2020 Training Programme are closed. We are now accepting applications for 2021.

Last updated: 20 May 2020

We're excited about you joining us and the difference you’ll make to young people and your own career. 

We’re all experiencing things changing rapidly, but we’re prepared. We’ve been pre-emptive in planning to deliver our work in different ways and we’ll have various options available depending on how and when things unfold in the months ahead.

You will be supported

We will keep this page updated as our plans develop. Whatever happens, we will make sure you are prepared and supported, and ready to build a fair education for all.

Recent weeks have been a challenge for all of us. But we’ve also been inspired by the work teachers and schools are doing to protect and support some of the most vulnerable young people in the country and I am sure you are proud to be joining their ranks.

Thank you for your patience. Below are some more detailed FAQs – which we’ll keep adding to in the coming weeks. If you have a more urgent question contact your recruiter, or email


FAQs (we’ll keep updating these, so check regularly)

Will Teach First be able offer the same level of support as normal during the application process? 

We have a dedicated recruitment team to support you to do the best you can in your application for our Training Programme. As we, and you, are all over the country, a lot of our support during the recruitment process was already virtual (e.g. phone calls and emails), so there will be no change there. Where we would normally meet you in person – for example at events – we’re set up to offer similar experiences in different ways (e.g. webinars).

We’re also adjusting to some of the same challenges you might be – e.g. working from home, caring for children/ those more vulnerable – and are doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t affect our work. We have robust plans in place to account for some members of the Teach First team adopting different working patterns, and these have been decided with supporting you in mind. 

How will the assessment process work?

The application process for our Training Programme has two stages: an online application form and a Development Centre. You are able to fill the application form out as normal, but we are running Development Centres virtually whilst the current contact restrictions are in place. Our aim in moving to a virtual Development Centre is to limit the disruption to your Teach First Training Programme journey, while continuing to find the best trainee teachers. Full details of the virtual assessment centre will be sent to you, if your initial application is successful.

Our schools are going to need more teachers, no matter what happens over the next few months. Now, more than ever, schools are relying on us.  

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