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Our mission

Fighting to make our education system work for every child


The problem

Potential is equally spread across our country. But young people from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t start with the same chances and the inequality continues throughout childhood.
It’s not their fault and it isn’t fair.
That’s because our education system is failing disadvantaged children. Here's how:
Poorer kids are 18 months behind when they take their GCSEs
Statistic: the school achievement gap between rich and poor students hasn't narrowed in a century
Almost a third of British children currently live in poverty
Statistic: Children excluded from school are four times more likely to be from poorer backgrounds

The solution

Schools and teachers can make the biggest difference. But they need champions. And that’s why we’ve been providing lasting solutions to schools serving disadvantaged communities for nearly 20 years.
Working with schools, we support them to change the system by creating:

Great teachers

We help people develop into inspiring teachers. And we support them every step of the way as they discover their potential.

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Brilliant leaders

Behind every great school is a great leadership team. We support talented teachers to become inspiring and effective leaders at every level.

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Thriving schools

We connect schools to networks of support. And we work hard to create a positive policy environment. All so schools can make an even bigger difference.

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Get involved

Want to join our fight to put an end to wasted potential? Here's how you can make a difference:

Train to teach with us

Discover more about the difference you could make in the classroom through our Training Programme.

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Support us

Teach First is a registered charity and we rely on donations to develop ways to make our education system work for every child beyond hiring great teachers.

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No one gets a second chance at childhood. Let’s make sure everyone gets a first.

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