Our competencies

Characteristics, skills and attributes at the heart of Teach First that we aim to develop in everyone who trains and works with us.


We look for certain attributes in everyone we work with, which in turn shapes our culture across the organisation. We think these attributes also make great teachers and leaders, which is why they’re an important part of our application process. 

Candidates that demonstrate them, or the potential to develop them, on their application form and during our selection day have a great chance of getting a place on our Training Programme. 

Humility, respect and empathy

Teach First trainees work with lots of different people including pupils, parents, teachers and other trainees. These attributes will help you quickly build relationships that get the best out of everyone involved.


Communicating clearly, listening carefully and responding appropriately make great teachers and great team players who can adapt their style depending on the situation.

Understanding and motivation

Show passion for our mission to end educational inequality and understand and be enthusiastic about our Training Programme.


Be proactive every day, making decisions that help you exceed expectations. Taking the lead plays a big part in our Training Programme.

Planning and organising

Trainees manage daily responsibilities and juggle lots of priorities. That makes working efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines a key part of success.

Problem solving

Come up with considered, effective and appropriate solutions to the challenges trainees face. This takes logic, creativity and innovation, as well as the confidence to use all the resources you have to hand. 


Our Training Programme isn’t easy. You’ll need patience, energy and a positive mindset to persevere through the difficult times. Not to mention tenacity and versatility to overcome the obstacles you’ll face.


Personal development is vital for long-term success. Being able to honestly assess your performance, strengths and weaknesses will help you develop quickly.

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