Requirements-Leadership-Development-Programme

What you need to join our programme

What you need to join our programme

We’re looking for talented individuals from all backgrounds. That’s why we’re committed to a fair and inclusive selection process.

We harness the different perspectives, experiences, and talents of our society in order to learn from each other and best serve our culturally rich and diverse communities. This strengthens the movement to ensure that no child is put at an educational disadvantage because of their socio-economic background.

To be eligible to apply for our Leadership Development Programme, you need:

  • A 2.1 degree or above

  • A degree or A-levels that satisfy the curriculum requirements listed below

  • Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE maths and English (Grade C in one science subject is also required for primary teaching)

In recognition of the fact that educational inequality can stop students from achieving their true potential, we do not have minimum grade requirements for A-levels (or the equivalent).

We cannot be flexible with our GCSE requirements, as these are required by the Department for Education.

Assuming the minimum criteria are met, selection is based on your ability to demonstrate our values and competencies, and prove relevant curriculum knowledge.

Our competencies

We are a values-driven organisation. Our values shape our culture and how we operate and we expect you to model them throughout the application process and during your time on the programme. These translate into our selection competencies, which we use to assess your potential to become an impactful leader.

Humility, respect and empathy

As a Teach First participant you will be working with a variety of stakeholders – from pupils to parents, teachers to peers. We look for those that can build relationships quickly, valuing and respecting others to get the best out of them.

Interaction

Communicating clearly whilst listening and responding appropriately is very important. As a participant you will need to adapt your style in different situations and contribute as a great team player.

Understanding and motivation

You will need to show passion for Teach First, our vision and mission, as well as understanding and enthusiasm for the Leadership Development Programme.

Leadership

You will need to be proactive and make decisions on a daily basis as you strive to achieve above and beyond expectations. Taking the lead will be crucial for success.

Planning and organising

As a Teach First participant you will need to manage daily responsibilities and juggle your priorities. You will need to work efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines and deliver successfully.

Problem solving

Every day you will face new challenges and will have to come up with considered, effective and appropriate solutions in response. Whilst drawing on resources and logic you will also need to use creativity and innovation to be successful.

Resilience

You will need to be hungry for a challenge, using patience and endless energy to persevere through the difficult times. When faced with obstacles you will need to be tenacious and versatile and maintain a positive mindset.

Self-evaluation

Personal development is vital for long-term success. You will need to be aware of your performance, your strengths and your weaknesses and will need to be realistic in what and how you can do better.

Curriculum areas

The curriculum area you teach will be based on the needs of our schools and your eligibility. If you’re unsure which curriculum area(s) you would be able to teach, please contact faq@teachfirst.org.uk for more information

Early Years teaching

For Early Years teaching, we require a degree (2.1 or above) in:

Early Years/Early Childhood Studies (or related degree)

Psychology

Or

one of the following primary national curriculum subjects:

Art and Design Design and Technology English Geography History Computer Science Maths Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish) Music Physical Education Religious Education Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or an A*, A or B A-level (or equivalent) in two of these primary national curriculum subjects.

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A-level requirements.  

Primary teaching

For primary teaching, we require a degree (2.1 or above) in one of the following primary national curriculum subjects:

- Art and Design*
- Design and Technology
- English
- Geography
- History
- Computer Science
- Maths
- Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)
- Music
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

or an A*, A or B A-level (or equivalent) in two of these subjects. If you have a Psychology degree (2.1 or above) you will also be eligible to teach in a primary school.

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A Level requirements.  

*doesn't include Drama, Dance or Theatrical degrees

Secondary teaching

For secondary teaching, we require a degree (2.1 or above) related to one of the following secondary national curriculum subjects:

- Business
- Design & Technology*
- English*
- Geography
- History
- Computer Science*
- Maths*
- Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)
- Music
- Religious Education
- Science*
- Welsh

(Eligibility: Grade B or above in English and Maths GCSE and a Welsh degree OR Grade B or above Welsh A-level) or an A*, A or B A-level (or equivalent) in any of the subjects asterisked above. Please note, to be eligible to teach science two relevant A-levels are required. If you studied in Scotland, Advanced Highers are equivalent to A-levels. Similarly, if you studied the International Baccalaureate, Higher level subjects are equivalent to A-levels.

Additionally, candidates with A*, A or B A-Level in Geography might be offered Geography and candidates with A*, A or B in French AND Spanish might be offered Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A Level requirements.

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