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It’s Time to Teach

Become a fully-qualified teacher at a school near you, salaried from day one. 

It’s Time to Teach

Teaching is not just for recent graduates. In fact, the experience gained in another role can be hugely beneficial to becoming a successful teacher and changing the lives of your pupils.

Our new Time to Teach programme is designed specifically for people looking to become a teacher following experience in another career. It will be piloted this year in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. We are looking for talented individuals to become teachers. We will give you the training and support you need to become an inspirational teacher, working with students who need one most. Applications are now open.

Subject availability

Positions are filling fast so please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

  Maths English Science
Greater Manchester Places available Full Places available
South Yorkshire Places available Places available Places available


Application deadline

Submit your application by Wednesday 19 December to guarantee attendance at our final selection day in February. Applications submitted after this date may not be able to be considered for a 2019 start.

How it works

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Fully salaried
Earn a full salary from day one and throughout your training, including the school holidays.
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Straight to the class
Starting in April you will work in the classroom from day one, and teach an 80% timetable from September.
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Fully supported
The full support of your placement school and Teach First will ensure a successful transition to teaching.
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Close to home
We're looking for teachers in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.
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Supported progression
Receive the support you need to reach your long-term target role.
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Tackling educational inequality
Join the Teach First community helping children from the poorest backgrounds realise their potential.

Is Time to Teach the right choice for you?

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

To be eligible to apply for our Time to Teach programme you need to be willing and able to work in the Greater Manchester or South Yorkshire areas from April 2019, have a suitable degree and grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English.

Find out more

If you have any questions about the programme please contact dwilson@teachfirst.org.uk.

You can also book to attend an informal drop in event in Manchester or Sheffield where you will meet with one of our recruitment experts.

About the programme

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April - September 2019
Finding your feet
More about April - September 2019
A student helps her classmate with a problem
September 2019 - July 2020
Teaching and growing
More about September 2019 - July 2020
A student smiles to camera
September 2020 - July 2021
Now you're qualified
More about September 2020 - July 2021

“I’ve been able to use my experience to inspire young people in the classroom. Every day is varied, the work I am doing has a purpose.” 

Carly was a broadcast journalist before joining Teach First in 2015.

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