Teach First

Seven universities to deliver innovative teacher training and leadership development with us

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with seven universities to deliver our enhanced Leadership Development Programme (LDP) this year.

The goal of our programme, as always, is to build participants’ leadership skills and develop them as research-informed teachers so they can tackle educational inequality in low-income schools and across society. From July, participants starting the new LDP will complete a significantly revised programme. Participants will now study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), which for the first time fully integrates teacher training with leadership development.

The seven leading university partners are:

  • Bath Spa University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Northumbria University at Newcastle
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • University of Manchester

The PGDE will be worth twice the Masters’ credit of the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) offered by the previous LDP, reflecting the value of university accreditation and the role of higher education providers in delivering training.

This will be the first PGDE in the UK to run over two years, with university involvement across both years. This rigour will help participants develop as research-informed professionals. We will continue to place participants in schools in every region of England.

Reuben Moore, our Director of Leadership, said:

“I’m delighted to confirm our partnerships with some of the country’s top and most innovative universities for developing teachers. We have been closely working with them to jointly develop a cutting edge Leadership Development Programme focused on supporting schools serving low-income communities. Without the expertise of all the universities we have worked with over the years, we simply would not be able to deliver our vision of ending educational inequality.

“Last year Ofsted rated our existing training as ‘outstanding’, which in large part was down to the hard work of our partner universities. The new programme builds on that, taking in evidence from the best education systems around the world – as well as feedback from participants and schools - to deliver increased support, training and expertise.

“Together with our university partners, we believe teaching should have the same expert status as other top professions, and this new model will help encourage that.”

The new LDP will also enhance and simplify the vital support provided to participants in schools. Each participant will now receive support from an in-school mentor, a university tutor and a Teach First Participant Development Lead for the full two years, meaning participants can draw on their expertise and better support their pupils’ progress.