About the programmes

This section provides information about our Taster Programmes, including content and structure.

Browse below to find the information you need. We'll update this page throughout the year.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why have you chosen to run a BAME Talent Taster Programme?

We’re committed to ensuring that the trainee teachers we recruit represent the communities in which they work. Children should be able to relate to and feel inspired by the adults around them. Yet, almost half of schools in England don’t have any teachers from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Therefore, we’ve created the BAME Talent Taster Programme with the aim of reaching more students from a BAME background, to ensure that they’re aware of the opportunities available to them within Teach First and the role they could play on our programmes.   

Some of the programme dates clash with my university term dates. What should I do?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to run the volume of programmes we deliver without some of them clashing with university term dates. When applying, you will only be shown the next two or three available dates for each programme. However, we will be running more throughout the year. We’d recommend keeping an eye on the website for future dates throughout the academic year, or speaking to your recruiter once you open an application.  

Are the Taster Programmes taking in place in-person or online?

For the 2021/22 academic year, we’ll be taking a hybrid approach and delivering both online and in-person Taster Programmes. We believe that there is still great value in delivering these programmes online. However, from recent feedback, we also know that many of you would prefer to attend these programmes in-person. When applying, you’ll be able to see which dates are being delivered in-person and factor this in when confirming your availability.

Please note, the BAME Talent Taster Programme will be delivered in-person only.   

What will we do in the event of more COVID-19 restrictions?

In the event that more COVID-19 restrictions are introduced, we will act quickly and move our face-to-face events online.  

What is provided in terms of travel, accommodation, and subsistence for attending the face-to-face programmes?

Whilst the programmes are free to attend, we understand that you may need support funding travel, accommodation, and subsistence. We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to take part in our programmes and cost shouldn’t be a barrier. Where needed we may be able to provide travel, accommodation, and subsistence, you should speak to your recruiter about this when applying.  

Will there be any pre-work to do before the programme starts?

Yes, attendees will be expected to do some pre-work. This will be run on Brightspace and should take no longer than two and half hours. All pre-work will be sent out two weeks before the programme start date.  

I would like to do one of the Taster Programmes, but I’m not sure if I want to be a teacher when I graduate. Can I still apply? 

Yes, we would still encourage you to apply. We know that whilst you’re at university you’ll likely still be considering your long-term career options. 

With our Taster Programmes you’ll gain experience and skills for your future career, whether that’s in teaching or outside of education. You’ll also get a flavour of what it’s like to teach, so you can leave with a clearer idea of your next steps once you graduate.  

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