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It’s Time to Teach

Become a fully-qualified teacher at a school near you. Applications now closed for this year.

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.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Time to Teach pilot programme.

The pilot was designed specifically for people looking to become a teacher following experience in another career. It was piloted this year in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire, for people eligible to teach the subjects our schools need the most. We have recruited our pilot cohort and are training and supporting them to transition into teaching.

We’re still learning from our pilot, and will soon announce our plans for the future of the programme. 

If you’re an experienced professional considering changing career to become a teacher, you can still apply for our Leadership Development Programme (LDP). Over 40% of last years’ LDP cohort were career changers, so you’ll be in the company of many others just like you.  

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 it your Time to Teach?

We’re sorry to say that applications are now closed for our 2019 Time to Teach programme.  

But don’t worry, if you feel like it’s about time you turned your hand to teaching, you can still apply for our award-winning Leadership Development Programme, which is open to applicants from all backgrounds. 

Would you be interested in Time to Teach?

While we evaluate the Time to Teach pilot, we’d love to know if you might interested in the programme, should we decide to run it again. Register your interest by emailing Dom, our Time to Teach recruiter.

About the programme

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April - September 2019
Finding your feet
More about April - September 2019
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September 2019 - July 2020
Teaching and growing
More about September 2019 - July 2020
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September 2020 - July 2021
Now you're qualified
More about September 2020 - July 2021

Do you represent a school?

If you'd like to explore recruiting teachers through our Time to Teach programme, our team would be happy to help.

“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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