Networks

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Join a growing number of networks tackling educational inequality. Get to work sharing your skills and knowledge with others to build a fair education for all.

  • Re-ignite your motivation
  • Get better at what you do
  • Work on new solutions with like-minded peers
  • Be the change you want to see in society
  • Get expert support to grow your network

Tackling educational inequality has to be a team effort. If you’re seeking ways to make education fair, join one of our networks or get our support to set up a new one.

About networks

Many who are involved in education already connect and achieve extraordinary things, but there’s always room for greater collaboration – so we support networks of ambassadors and others who want to work together. Because if we work together, we’ll create equality in education sooner.

Join thriving networks of:

  • teachers – working together to share knowledge, expertise and inspiration
  • school leaders – supporting and inspiring each other to lead in tough areas
  • the broader community working together in support of schools

How to join a network

Our networks unite anyone passionate about building a fair education, who are willing to lead the change they want to see in the world – whether you teach or work in other fields.

Contact a network directly via the tabs to join up. Please note that some are only open to Teach First Ambassadors.

How to start your own

If you have an idea for a new network, we can help you. Get in touch.

Our network

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Be Bold Careers Leaders Network

This network is to support any teacher nationally who is looking to make career education the best it can be for their pupils. This is a chance for you to meet other career leaders and share best practice and resources.

To join, visit their Facebook page.

Be Bold Computing Network 

The Be Bold Computing Network is a place to support current or soon-to-be computing teachers nationally. Members will find support with their planning, high-quality teaching resources and a place to share ideas and best practice.

This network is ideal for:

  • teachers who have found themselves teaching computing in their schools (and are non-specialists)
  • computing teachers looking to connect and develop with others in the community
  • any trainee computing teachers

Join the network on their Facebook page.

Be Bold History

The BeBold History teacher network runs webinars led by historians & teachers and aims to link academia & the classroom. Led by history teachers, for history teachers.

Follow them on Twitter or browse their free library of webinars.

Be Bold Maths

The Be Bold Maths network is a national network supporting maths teachers throughout England and Wales. Created by maths teachers excited by research-informed practice, the network supports each other to excel. They produce blogs and run webinars.

Follow them on Twitter and read their blog posts

Bradford Impact Group (B.I.G)

Bradford Impact Group offers support to Bradford teachers and trainees socially, professionally and in the early stages of their career. This network, set up by Bradford-based ambassadors, aims to welcome and unite teachers in our local community through events such as social events, Teach Meets and panel discussions.

Connect with them on Twitter.

Careers Network

Careers Network is run by and supports ambassadors of Teach First's Careers Leader Programme. The network organises live panel and discussion events for those interested in career education to connect and engage. Careers Leader Programme ambassadors work regionally to support those just finishing the programme to implement their careers strategy and build strong regional connections.

Connect with them on Twitter.

CHEERS Network

CHEERS (Community for Higher Education Educators Researchers and Supporters) is a supportive network of Teach First ambassadors working in the Higher Education (HE) sector, in whatever capacity.

To get involved:

  1. sign up to the mailing list to never miss a thing
  2. join the discussion in the LinkedIn Group
  3. Follow them Twitter for the latest updates.

For further information, please contact at teachfirstcheers@gmail.com.

ConnectEd Cymru

ConnectEd Cymru is a network of early career teachers in South Wales. Their mission is to empower teachers to bring evidence-informed practice into their classrooms via targeted CPD events and peer networking.

Reach out to them on Twitter.

EdConnect 

EdConnect is a grassroots network for Early Career Teachers, who believe that early career teachers should be able to thrive, not just survive. They provide you with support including membership into a local hub so that you can collaborate with other local early career teachers. EdConnect also gives you access to events to enhance your employability, the member’s area on their website, and much more!  

Connect with them on their Twitter, Instagram, Website and Facebook.  

Email them at: instaedconnect@gmail.com  

The English Network

The English Network (TEN) offers professional development, teacher resources, support and guidance to English teachers via podcasts and Twitter. The teacher network was set up by Teach First ambassadors in the North West in 2018 and its great podcast delves into poetry, plays and much more.

Follow them on Twitter or listen to their fantastic podcast series.

English IN Practice

This network was formed by English subject specialists, passionate about bringing the latest research to English teachers around the country. They're taking the best pedagogical research and translating it into practical strategies, which you can use in your classroom through virtual events.

If you want to get involved, follow them on Twitter.

Inspiration SEND

Inspiration SEND has the primary aim of improving outcomes for pupils with SEND. They recognise that those working with children and young people with SEND need the knowledge and expertise to be able to do this effectively. The network is designed to support the professional development of its members through a blended approach of events and e-communications.

Join their mailing list, or drop them a line at sendnetwork@inspirationtrust.org.

LGBTEd

LGBTed is a network of LGBT+ teachers and leaders, helping teachers to be authentic in schools, colleges and universities and working to increase LGBT+ visibility in our education system. Teach First is proudly partnering with them to support their work. They are national, but now have local hubs - some of which are led by Teach First ambassadors. Look out for their mentoring programmes, annual conferences and Pride events.

Sign up to be the first to hear about their activities, or follow them on Twitter.

Manchester Teacher Network

The Manchester Teacher Network is an online teacher-led group sharing best practice and signposting to networking opportunities for teachers from all training routes in the Greater Manchester area.

Connect with them on Twitter.

Maths PiONEERS - West Midlands

Maths network focused on Early Career teachers in the West Midlands, but open to all. They hold monthly network events with CPD, conversation and promoting new voices.

Follow them on Twitter or email them at mathspioneers@gmail.com.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) London Network

MFL London Network brings language teachers together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of language teaching in post-Brexit Britain, and to share best practice. Their reach on Twitter has seen them secure sponsorship from Amazon, the British Council and HarperCollins.

The teacher support network aims to go national, by making all events accessible online. It’s recruiting for a new committee to take them to this next stage, so it’s a great time to get involved.
 
Email to find out more or follow them on Twitter.

The Pastoral Network

A national network for people working in pastoral roles aiming to connect people and share great practice and CPD.

Join them on Twitter or get in touch by emailing thepastoralnetwork@gmail.com, if you'd like to join the committee.

Personal Development North West

A network for Personal Development Leads within the NW to come together and share resources, ideas and talk all things student personal development.

Join them on Twitter to get involved.

Primary Collective

A network for primary teachers.  A place to come together, collaborate and talk about great primary practice.  

Follow them on Twitter, join their Facebook group, or drop them an email at primarycollectiveuk@gmail.com.

Rural Teaching Network

A place for teachers in rural settings to connect and support each other, sharing ideas and insights in a positive space.

Join them on Twitter.

School Research Roundtable

An Educational Research Network, sharing great practice and bringing practitioner researchers together.  They hold regular roundtable discussions and connect school practitioners together.

Follow them on Twitter, or drop them an email at schoolrroundtable@gmail.com.

Science in Practice 

Science in Practice is a London-based network looking at how to promote expertise in science. It is space for science teachers to come together, practice lessons, experiments and ensure they are addressing misconceptions in the subject. It is an informal place for teachers to learn from each other, share resources, plan together and feel empowered.

Contact them to find out more or follow them on Twitter.

SEND: Inclusive Classrooms

A network for SENDCOs and those interested in SEND good practice. They host regular, research based, reading groups to discuss how to implement in schools.

Follow them on Twitter and send a DM, or drop them an email at sendinclusive@gmail.com, if you'd like to join the committee.

Spark Series

This network is all about bringing teachers together to learn from each other through 5-minute talks. Free and open to all teachers and educators - come and join to spark conversations and ideas.

Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date, or email at sparkseries@gmail.com.

Student <> Employer Network

The Student<>Employer network brings together schools and companies to share ideas and best practice in the provision of employability support for young people as they explore the world of work. All are welcome.

If you're interested, please contact Carol Newby at cnewby@teachfirst.org.uk

Teach First LGBTQI+

This is a place for trainees and ambassadors to come together on-line and connect. A casual space to chat about LGBT issues relating to Teach First or teaching in general - potentially with a mind to setting up a more formal network or organisation.

Everyone welcome - join the group on Facebook.

Watch me Thrive - Podcast

2017 ambassadors Anu and Etse are women of colour deconstructing the world of work.

Join them as they share their own reflections and interview other young professionals about workplace culture, self-development, and career dilemmas.

West Midlands Teacher Network

The West Midlands Teacher Network aims to facilitate CPD sessions for teachers at different stages of their careers, through online and in-person events. They also help teachers get to know each other better via local social events.

Connect with them on Twitter.

West Midlands Science Teacher Network

A network for science teachers in the West Midlands, connecting professionals across the region. Encouraging collaboration, conversation and peer support, this network is ideal for those seeking regular opportunities for chat and networking.

Follow them on Twitter and send them a DM if you would like to join the committee. Alternatively, email them at wmstnetwork@gmail.com.

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I almost decided to leave the profession, but being part of an Ambassador subject network and discovering a thriving online community of teachers on Twitter has re-energised me.
Verity,
completed the training programme in 2011

School leadership

Heads Forward Network

With over 60 ambassador Headteachers spread across the country, this network helps members connect, provide peer support and development, drive school improvement and make positive change in tackling educational inequality. Its members come together for residentials. Attend one and you’ll get high-quality professional development, support and challenge, as well as building strong relationships with your peers. Members also visit one another’s schools to see best practice in action and the network have an active whats app group designed to be a quick way of solving problems on the job.  
  
The network is led by established ambassador Chairs Dennis Simms and Alice Ward.

Email them to find out more.

The National School Forum

The National Schools Forum is a diverse group Headteachers of Teach First Partner Schools from across the UK. It brings together the expertise of school leaders across phases, geographies and governance structures to represent the voice of the school community and to make sure Teach First is led by the needs of schools.

It devises solutions to the key issues that affect our schools’ ability to improve. It enables school leaders from all regions to network and share good practice. The network was established in June 2016 by Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of Mulberry Schools Trust and meets twice a year. All members sit on their Local School Forums so what’s happening locally is connected to a national level – to galvanise action by schools, Teach First and others.

Membership is by invitation.

Email them to find out more.

Regional School Forums

Regional School Forums are regionally-run networks of local school leaders. They are an opportunity for headteachers of our partner schools to feedback on Teach First's work at a regional and national level, collectively working towards building a fair education for all children.

They're a great way for schools to network, share good practice and resources, and contribute to a self-improving system. The networks are managed by regional teams.  

Find out more by speaking to your school partnerships contact.

Shared Headship Network

The Shared Headship Network offers invaluable support to professionals looking to share a headship – with anything from networking opportunities, practical job application support and even coaching. It was formed by Teach First ambassadors in London as a reaction to the growing challenge of teacher recruitment, retention and lack of headteachers. It’s led by four Teach First ambassadors in senior leadership roles who all work three or four days a week.

There’s lots to get involved in. The Shared Headship Network aims include growing its membership, placing five to ten leadership job shares and developing a pilot training and matching program with up to two London boroughs.

Follow them on Twitter.

Senior Leadership Teacher (SLT) Network

The SLT Network supports the development of aspiring and current senior leaders in schools. Formed in 2018 by Teach First ambassadors in London, it hosts school visit events and practical continued professional development. The network is run by assistant and deputy headteachers from different training routes, including Teach First.

Find out more by signing up for their newsletter or follow them on Twitter.

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Having a network of Teach First headteachers has been a fantastic opportunity to learn about all the brilliant things leaders are doing in their schools.
Chris Fairbairn,
2006 ambassador and headteacher
Totteridge Academy

Broader community

Ambassadors in Business network

This network is united by its goal to help the business community have a positive impact on education across the UK. It’s open to any Teach First ambassador working in business, and will inspire and support you to set up new networks within your company. This network is led by Freddie Thomlinson (Accenture) and Leo Sutton (Deloitte).

Join the group on LinkedIn.

Association of Calderdale Teachers (ACT)

ACT's aim is to create an engaged, social, and supportive teacher community in Calderdale. Set up by ambassadors in Calderdale, this network fulfills this aim through social media content, Teach Meets, and relevant CPD.

Connect with them on Twitter or email to get involved. 

Barnsley Rotherham Doncaster Independent Group of Educators (BRDIGE)

Barnsley Rotherham Doncaster Independent Group of Educators (BRDIGE) is a Yorkshire-based Meet-Up. They aim to connect and support teachers and trainees in the area, offering a space for them to come together to share their experiences. If you're a trainee or ambassador in the area, the network would love to hear from you!

Connect with them on Twitter.

Bedford Association of Teach Firsters (B.A.T)

This meet-up group is open to all ambassadors and trainees in the area.

Reach out to the leads via BAT.meetups@gmail.com.

Blackpool Educators Active Community Hub (BEACH)

BEACH aims to gather teachers in and around Blackpool to learn from the wider community. The group is geared towards making a positive impact in their local area, supporting both new and current practitioners alongside the odd social event! Follow them on Twitter for more.

Bradford Impact Group (B.I.G)

Bradford Impact Group offers support to Bradford teachers and trainees socially, professionally and in the early stages of their career. This network, set up by Bradford-based ambassadors, aims to welcome and unite teachers in our local community through events such as social events, Teach Meets and panel discussions.

Connect with them on Twitter.

Deloitte Ambassadors

Ambassadors within Deloitte come together to take action on educational inequality. New ambassadors are welcomed, and they support networking for ambassadors across the organisation.

The network is led by Leo Sutton, Freddie Frieman and Kitty Benzecry.

East Midlands Impact Circle

The East Midlands Impact Circle is the trainee and ambassador network for educational impact in the East Midlands. The network focuses on cross-subject CPD, peer-support and community projects.

Connect with them on Twitter

Headstart NE

HeadStart NE is an ambassador-led Summer School, which supports disadvantaged pupils through tackling summer learning loss and holiday hunger. This targeted, week-long programme of intensive academic tuition gives local pupils a head start to their crucial GCSE year, as well as providing them with a breakfast and hot lunch.

The summer school relies on the support of volunteer teachers – if you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch on Twitter.

Innovation Community

This community offers great support from a motivated peer network. Its members are charities and social enterprises (whether well-established, growing or emerging) that are founded or led by Teach First ambassadors.

It includes some of the most innovative and impactful interventions tackling educational inequality today, including: 

The community encourages collaboration and shares best practice.

To find out more, contact their team.

International Ambassador Network

This is a community-led network, enabling ambassadors to share international experiences and perspectives. They exist to support each other with challenges, help each other progress and inspire each other to have an impact around the world. United by the Teach First mission, the network is open to all ambassadors, wherever you’re based.

Click here to learn more, join the LinkedIn group and attend their termly webinars.

Merseyside Teacher Network

The Merseyside Teacher Network is the local Meet-Up for all those from the Teach First community based in and around Merseyside.

Contact them via email for the latest news at merseysideteachernetwork@gmail.com, or give them a follow on Twitter.

Network ED East Midlands

NetworkED East Midlands organises networking, CPD, and collaboration opportunities for those involved in education across the region.

Follow them on Twitter to find out more.

North East Community Projects

North East Community Projects is a network of teachers aiming to implement education projects across the North East. We also promote existing projects and support collaboration between schools, for the benefit of our local communities.

Follow them on Twitter to find out more.

North East Policy Network

The North East Policy Network aims to bring together like-minded people to discuss, debate and share best practice around key issues faced in their region. Join them and their guest speakers, to discuss how to build a fair education for all pupils in the North East. F

or more information, contact them on Twitter.

PwC Ambassadors

This community of ambassadors and friends from PwC aims to addresses social mobility issues where business and education meet. They welcome new ambassadors and support networking for ambassadors across the organisation.

This network is led by Ruth Khaw.

Scunthorpe, Immingham and Grimsby Network (SIGNet)

SIGNET is the Scunthorpe, Immingham and Grimbsy Network. This ambassador-led meet-up is open to all those from the Teach First community based in the area. Check out their Facebook group for the latest information.

Teach First Accenture Community

Ambassadors working at Accenture come together to raise awareness of inequality in education. As Teach First ambassadors, they’re passionate about working with staff and students from Teach First schools – and giving them valuable experiences that will help them develop.

They meet regularly, issue a monthly newsletter to around 200 ambassadors and ‘friends’ at Accenture, and hold an annual fundraising event. There’s lots to get involved in.

This network is open to employees of Accenture, contact Josh Rodgers for more information.

Teach First BAME Network

This Facebook group is a place for Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.

Join the group here.

Teach First Civil Service Network

The Teach First Civil Service Network is passionate about influencing the education system. It raises awareness of social mobility within government departments, supports consistency and quality of schools’ outreach work, and helps ambassadors in the Civil Service to become school governors.

With support from the Cabinet Office school’s outreach team, they are aligning activity across departments. This has huge potential for connecting policy decision-makers, advisors and party members with teachers, schools and pupils. And it brings great opportunities for discussion, debate, collaboration and changes in the system!

They host quarterly speaking events (a great way to showcase your work) and have a fortnightly newsletter.

This network is only open to Teach First ambassadors.

To find out more, email them or join the Civil Service Facebook Group.

SE Asia e-Meet

The SE Asia e-meet is an informal online meet-up for ambassadors to network and swap experiences of living and teaching in Southeast Asia.

Contact Clare at cfray@teachfirst.org.uk to find out more.

Sheffield Education Forum (ShEF)

Sheffield Education Forum (ShEF) is a Meet-Up group for teachers offering social and professional support to educators at all points of their career, based in the city. The group aims to connect teachers across all Key Stages and provide a platform to share research-informed practice.

Connect on Twitter or contact via email.

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