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Our high-calibre teacher training

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Our high-calibre teacher training

Teaching is a career like no other. And Teach First is a teaching training programme like no other. Your talent and our expertise will come together as we support you to become a teacher. You will help ensure children from the poorest backgrounds are not left behind by our education system – because every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential.

You’ll earn a starting salary while you train as a teacher, and the experience you gain will help you progress quickly up the career ladder.

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Our teaching programme

How our teacher training works
The Leadership Development Programme is one of the most prestigious graduate schemes, ranked 4th in The Times Top 100 graduate employers. You train to teach in the classrooms where you are needed most. Unlike most graduate schemes, you make a real difference from day one. 

What will I achieve?
The programme lasts two years. You gain Qualified Teacher Status in your first year and complete your Newly Qualified Teacher placement in year two. You develop considerable teaching and leadership skills – our alumni are seven times more likely to be promoted to school leadership roles. They're also highly attractive to leading employers in a wide range of sectors.

Why choose Teach First?
You earn a salary while you train, and gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE, worth double the credits of a PGCE). You also join a unique network of 8,000+ teachers and former teachers who share a commitment to creating lasting change in education. It’s an inspiring community that lets you join forces - online and in person - to share ideas. Together you can help every young person get the education they deserve.

Here's how our teacher training programme works. 


Salary from day one in the classroom
Earn a salary from your first day in September and throughout your training, including school holidays.
Qualified Teacher Status
Become a fully-qualified teacher - 99% of our trainees get a grade 1 or 2 QTS ranking.
No fees to pay
Unlike some other routes, you pay no fees for your training and receive a salary.
Personalised professional support
Support from a subject expert and an in-school mentor, plus the outstanding Teach First community.
Accelerate your career
Continued support after you qualify, either in the classroom, or progressing towards a leadership role.
Gain a Master’s in just one year
Our PGDE takes you part-way to a Master’s, which you can complete with one of our university partners.

“We actively recruit from Teach First if we can, because they’re a different calibre of teachers. We know the quality of the trainees and the difference that they make is huge!” 

Rose Hughes, Headteacher, Yardleys School, Birmingham

Rated one of the top five graduate employers for the seventh year running.

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By joining Teach First you're not just accelerating your teaching career – you'll be making a difference to the children who need it most.

“At the beginning you know how I wasn’t really the greatest student, but because of you I achieved so much. You helped my confidence, it came out of me and I would like to thank you for that.

Cecil, pupil at a Teach First partner school    

If you think you have what it takes to be a Teach First teacher, find out if you’re eligible.  

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