About our Taster programmes

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


Frequently Asked Questions

What are Teach First's Taster programmes?

We run Taster Programmes throughout the year for students in their first, second or penultimate year of university.

It’s a chance to try out teaching and gain skills to help you when you graduate.

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 do without some of them clashing with university term dates.

However, we run programmes across the whole year, so we hope you’ll be able to find a date that suits you.

Our recruiters will be on hand to support you with this once you open an application.

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

For the 2023/24 academic year, we’ll be running the most of our programmes in person, with an online option in the summer.

We believe that there’s still great value in delivering programmes online so that they’re accessible to everyone.

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 delivered in person and factor this in when you choose your preferences.

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

We’ll cover the cost of accommodation and food for the event.

If you get an offer, you’ll be able to let us know of your accommodation and any dietary requirements.

We'll also cover any travel costs up to £60.

Generally, we cannot reimburse any more than this. As a charity, we have a responsibility to keep costs down.

But we don’t want cost to stop people attending our programmes. Where needed, we may be able to support further with travel costs. You should speak to your recruiter about this when applying.

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

Before the programme, we’ll share some pre-reading, which will take no more than two hours. 

This contains important information about us, the programme timetable and the speakers you’ll hear from during the two days.

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 while you’re at university, you’ll probably 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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