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Our Taster Programme

Designed for undergraduates, our two-day programme develops your skills. Applications close 23 June

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Our Taster Programme

Right now, children from poorer backgrounds aren’t getting a fair chance to achieve at school. Through our inspirational Taster Programme, you can find out how we’re changing that – and what you can do to help.

Over the course of two days, you'll attend interactive, skills-based workshops and network with our partners and recruitment team. So that you get a taste of what it’s like to be in the classroom, you’ll plan and teach a mini-lesson for visiting pupils from the partner schools we work with. 

It's also an excellent opportunity to develop your employability and learn more about our Leadership Development Programme. Our two-year graduate programme gives participants the skills and confidence to become inspirational leaders inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition, if criteria are met, Taster Programme participants get a guaranteed place at our assessment centre for our Insight and Brand Manager programmes.

Applications are now open for our Summer Taster Programme, running from 4 – 5 July, 2019.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 23 June.


  • Professional skills training that will enhance your employability.
  • Improve your presentation, self-evaluation and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of how you can help us achieve our vision to end educational inequality in the UK.
  • Find out what it's like to join a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer.
  • A guaranteed place at our assessment centre for our Insight and Brand Manager programmes (provided you meet the criteria).

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Who can apply?

To be eligible for our programme you should: 

Be in your first year of study, or your first or second year of study if you are on a four-year course. 

Studying a degree or have A-levels that align with our Leadership Development Programme criteria

Have 300 UCAS points or equivalent (if you have 240 – 300 UCAS points you may still receive an offer for the programme if your application is particularly strong).

Hints and tips for your application

In the first section of your online application, you will need to answer a few registration and academic questions and then a series of competency based questions. In the second section you’ll need to create a video application. 

To give you the best chance of making a successful application, read on for our top tips:

- Take your time over each question and if necessary, pause and come back to your application with fresh eyes. 

- Check how many parts there are to a single question and ensure that you answer each part carefully. For example, question two is divided into two sections; please answer both. 

- Don’t forget to do your research when writing about why you’d like to join our Taster Programme. Our website has a wealth of information for you to use and it’s important for you to know what the Teach First vision is. 

- 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 checking is by copying and pasting your answer into a Word document. 

- The video application is also competency-focused; the competencies we’re assessing are knowledge and interaction so the video is a great opportunity to let your enthusiasm for Teach First really come through. 

- We aren’t looking for a professional video; we just need to see you clearly and hear what you have to say. All you need to do is film yourself on your phone or a webcam. 

- Make sure you look at the camera, speak clearly and don’t forget to smile. Try to avoid reading from a script and let your personality shine.

Important dates

Spring Taster Programme: 25 - 26 April, 2019

Summer Taster Programme: 4 - 5 July, 2019

Other ways to get involved

Apply for our 2019 cohort
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Become a Brand Manager
Get paid to champion our mission at your university
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Apply for our Insight programme
Attend training on leadership and teaching theory, and step into the classroom to deliver your own lesson.
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