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Teach First responds to Save the Children's Early Years campaign

In response to Save the Children’s Early Years campaign, James Westhead, Executive Director of Teach First said:

“High quality Early Years education is absolutely vital to close the attainment gap for the poorest children. As it stands, far too many children start school over a year behind academically. This is why we fully support the call for an Early Years teacher in every nursery. This will help to ensure all children, whatever their background, have the same chance to succeed”
 

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Social mobility charity targets ‘cold spots’ for investment during Education Secretary visit to Derby

Secretary of State for Education visits Teach First partner school in Derby

Social mobility charity Teach First has used the visit of the Education Secretary to a Derby school today to announce it will increase the number of its participants teaching in the areas identified as social mobility cold spots, including the area’s schools.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has visited Teach First partner school, Derby Moor Community Sports College, to show her support for the charity’s work in Derby and the East Midlands.

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Teach First Founder announces he is stepping down as Chief Executive

The founder of the education charity, Teach First, announced today he will be moving on from his role as chief executive later this year which marks the charity’s fifteenth anniversary. Brett Wigdortz OBE will remain as CEO until the end of October 2017, when he will hand over to his successor.

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Teach First wins London First's 25th Anniversary School Leadership Award

Brett Wigdortz, CEO and Founder of Teach First said:

“All of us at Teach First are immensely proud to have won this award and have our participants' and alumni's leadership recognised in this way. Education in London has been transformed over the last 15 years and more children than ever before are getting the education they deserve, whatever their background. We didn’t achieve this alone - but alongside many committed others - working in collaborating to unlock the life chances of pupils across London.”

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UK ‘must try harder’ – Teach First response to PISA rankings

Education charity Teach First have responded to the OECD’s publication of the PISA international ranking of education systems. Brett Wigdortz, founder and chief executive of Teach First, said: 

“It’s very much a ‘must try harder’ for the UK. We’re doing slightly better than the average, but our score has hardly moved compared to three years ago.
 

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