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Your career – Their future

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Your career – Their future

Education in the UK isn't fair - children from the poorest backgrounds are being left behind. Join our graduate programme and apply your talent and ambition to change lives through teaching. Along the way, we'll provide you with a competitive salary and world-class training that develops you into a leader.

Our graduate scheme

What is the programme?
The Leadership Development Programme places you in the classroom - training you to teach and lead from the front. Unlike most graduate schemes, you’ll be making a difference from day one.

How long does it take?
The programme lasts for two years, and the benefits last your whole career. The skills you pick up in the classroom put you ahead for any career you might choose.

What will it give me?
You’ll get a full salary for the two years, plus you’ll gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) – real evidence of your talent and skillset.

What are the benefits?


13 weeks' holiday
Earn from £18k - £25k
Fully paid over summer break


Qualified teacher status
Fully funded PGDE
Part-funded master's

Support and networking

Dedicated mentor
Professional and social networks
All-inclusive residential training

Career development

Corporate internships
Swift career progression
Increased employability


Where will you teach?

This map shows you where we place trainees. Our partner schools are located across England and Wales, and are concentrated in areas of economic deprivation. While we will take your location preferences into account, our goal is to address inequality in education, which means we ultimately need to place teachers where the need is greatest.

Map of where Teach First trainees are placed



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We partner with the biggest employers in the UK to offer exclusive internships and career opportunities.


It's not just for recent graduates – if you're considering changing jobs to teach, we can support you.



Make the most of your potential and change young people's lives



Your application journey

You check your eligibility
You complete an online application
You receive tailored application support
You come to a development centre
You receive your offer
You start on the programme

What to expect on our graduate programme

First day

You’ll arrive at our Summer Institute to meet other graduates and the Teach First team, who will support and train you through your graduate programme. 

First month

In your first month you’ll receive training and classroom experience, developing your skills in leading and teaching children. This culminates in an exciting week where 2000+ trainees like you congregate to build social networks and learn more about their future career.

First year

Through your first year you will teach part time, and continue to hone your skills in planning, presenting, and working with children and other adults. At the end of the year you will receive a QTS qualification.

Second year

After your long summer holiday, and as your confidence grows you will build up your teaching hours to full time, demonstrating your skills and confidence as a teacher and leader. You will receive your Post Graduate Diploma as you complete the programme.

Beyond the second year

This will be your opportunity to start taking the next steps in your career either in your school or wider in whatever direction you wish to take.

Questions and answers

Do I need any specific experience before applying to the programme?

You don't need to have any specific teaching experience before applying to the programme. Selection is based on your academic qualifications as well as the ability to demonstrate our competencies and values.

Do you accept CVs?

To ensure all applicants are treated equally, we are not able to accept CVs – our application process is a standardised online process. 
If you’re unable to complete your form online because of a disability, please contact a member of our recruitment team at

Can you give me feedback on my application/development centre?

Each year we receive thousands of applications for the Leadership Development Programme. Unfortunately this means we can’t reply to feedback requests at the application stage. We really appreciate the time you have taken to submit your application, which is why every application is assessed for consistency and fairness. 
However, we can offer feedback to candidates who attended a development centre. When you receive your results by email, you’ll be offered the option to request feedback.

Can I choose where I will work?

Our goal is to tackle educational inequality, which means we have to place teachers where there is the greatest need for them. This flexibility is crucial. So we recommend that you be open-minded about location. During the application you will be able to state your preferences; we will take these and any other extenuating circumstances into account but we can't guarantee where you will be placed. We must prioritise the needs of schools and children.

Can I apply with non-UK qualifications?

Yes, it is possible to apply with non-UK qualifications. In the application form you'll have the option to tick a non-UK qualifications box, then you can fill in details of any qualifications you have. 

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