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Get a taste of teaching

Applications are now open for Inspire internships.

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Get a taste of teaching

Our paid, one-week Inspire internship is your chance to get a head-start in your career while experiencing the unique buzz of teaching. You’ll explore how to make learning exciting, before heading into a school to lead a session in your subject.

Passion. It’s infectious. And whether it’s geography, English or languages you’re into, there’s no feeling like passing that passion on to someone else.  

This summer, why not share your enthusiasm for your subject with school children, many of whom might not know anyone who went to university. Your experience could truly inspire them. Along the way, you’ll develop some of the key skills we and other top employers look for when recruiting. And who knows, you might just spark a lightbulb moment… 

What you'll get from Inspire

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Gain hands-on experience
Run a session with a class of pupils.
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Boost your CV
By working with the #4 Time Top 100 Graduate Recruiter
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Get paid £250
Plus travel expenses.

What will I be doing?

The week starts with two days in our London office, where you’ll get to know Teach First and the work we do to end education inequality. You’ll also dive into what modern-day teaching is like, the theory that makes learning stick and how Teach First’s eight competencies help us spot teaching potential. 

For the next two days you’ll be in one of our London partner schools meeting teachers and observing lessons, before running a session of your own with pupils ready to learn.  

On the final day we’ll come back together to reflect on your experience and find out how you can get ahead with your application to our Leadership Development Programme.

When is it?

Inspire takes place from Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019

Applications are now open.

If your application is successful we’ll invite you to our Development Centre for the next stage of our selection process. If you’ve got any questions in the meantime, please email us.

Find out more

Who can apply?

To be eligible for our programme you should:

Be graduating in 2020.

Be studying towards, or already have, an undergraduate degree in English, geography or modern foreign languages (French or Spanish). Or have A-levels at grade B or above in English, geography, or French AND Spanish. 

Please note: English and geography applications are currently closed. Spaces for modern foreign language are filling up quickly and are expected to close shortly.

Application process: important dates

Applications are now open.

The Inspire Programme takes place from Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019.

Spaces on the programme will fill on a first-come-first-served basis so we encourage you to submit as soon as you can. If you are successful with your application we will invite you to our Assessment Centre. If you are currently studying abroad, there is an online assessment available. You will find out the outcome of your application within ten working days. Assessment centres will be running from March to April. Additional information about these will be provided at the point of invitation. 

Hints and tips

Don’t forget to do your research when writing about why you’d like to join our Inspire Programme and find out more about our graduate Leadership Development Programme. Our website has a wealth of information for you to use and it’s important for you to know what Teach First do and about our vision and mission. 

To help you structure your answers for the competency-based questions, we suggest you use the CAR framework: 

Context: Outline the context. What needed to be done? What was the objective? 

Action: Next, explain the action you took to try and meet the objective. Use the first-person pronoun (“I did” “I created”) here. We also advise taking a look at our values, and weaving these into your answer. 

Result: Finally, write about the result. This should be a positive one. If it’s negative, make it into a positive i.e. what did you learn from it? Where possible it’s good for us to see qualitative results to strengthen the assessor's understanding of the outcome.  

Please ensure that any examples you use in your answers are based on real-life situations rather than hypotheticals. Provide significant detail about any activities or events that you describe in your answer. 

Many candidates fall down on spelling and grammar so please check your application through thoroughly before submitting. One way of doing this is by copying and pasting your answer into a Word document. Please also note that our assessors do look at spelling and grammar errors, and it is possible to fail your application on account of them.  

Think about your writing style: this is a job application so do take a professional approach when answering questions.

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