Child astronaut in a space suit within a space station

Challenge the Impossible

Join our campaign to call for a fair education for all.

Inspire in the classroom

Challenge the Impossible

For young people born into poorer families, success can seem like an impossible challenge.

Hurdles appear before them that don’t exist for those from wealthier families, making it virtually impossible to break through the ‘class ceiling’.

No child’s dreams should be written off because of their background.

We’re calling on teachers, parents, businesses and government to back our campaign and remove barriers to social mobility, so that all children can fulfil their potential.

Will it be a challenge? Yes. Impossible? No.

How bad is the problem?

Lass than half the chance
The odds that a poorer child will go to a school rated as Outstanding compared to their wealthier peers.
10% lower pay
Even with a degree, young people who start poorer are paid less than colleagues with the same qualifications.
Fewer apprenticeships
In every part of England, poorer young people are less likely to gain placements than their better-off peers.
Pupils in a school science lab led by a Teach First teacher

Get involved in the Big Class Challenge

Teach a lesson or volunteer in a classroom and inspire children of all ages to consider their options and goals after school.

Members of the Teach First Community at Impact Conference 2017

A unique event for equality in education

Impact Conference

Took place on 24 October 2017 – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Member of the Teach First community on campus

Careers education is not good enough for young people from poorer backgrounds

  • Only 32% of the most disadvantaged pupils say they found the advice given by careers advisors helpful
  • More than twice as many wealthy pupils (27%) undertake work experience in professional services, compared to the least advantaged young people (12%)
  • Nearly half (44%) of the most-advantaged young people found work experience through family and friends, compared to less than 1 in 5 (18%) of the least-advantaged
  • It would cost less than £13 per child, the cost of a trip to the cinema, for every school to have a trained careers leader
Young girl standing outside 10 Downing Street

What we expect of the government

In the run-up to the general election, we shared a manifesto for education and social mobility with all candidates across the political spectrum. Hundreds of people sent it on to candidates standing in their constituency. We will continue to push for government to commit to it.

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