Executive Director Sam Freedman is to leave Teach First after five years to take up an exciting new post as Chief Executive of Ark’s Education Partnerships Group. Ark EPG is a charity that works with Governments in the developing world to improve their education systems.
Sam Freedman said:
“I’ve been at Teach First for five and a half years and it’s been by far the most enjoyable period of my career. The work Teach First do is so important and rewarding, and I’ve had a brilliant time working with amazing colleagues and overhauling our approach to teacher training.
“Education has changed a great deal over the last five years, there are more young people than ever going on to further and higher education, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, and schools are making ever greater use of research and professional development to drive up standards.
“None of these improvements could have happened without the commitment and work of teachers. I’ve had the opportunity to meet countless inspiring teachers and I’ve never failed to be impressed by their energy and passion.”
“I also know that I’m leaving Teach First in great shape. I’m excited about the direction of the charity and it’s growing our impact. I have absolutely no doubt that under Russell’s leadership Teach First is going to become an even more integral part of the English and Welsh education infrastructure.
“I have always wanted to move into the international education space at some point in my career and the opportunity to do so in a way that allows me to focus on education policy and system reform was just too good to turn down.”
Russell Hobby, Chief Executive of Teach First, said:
“We will miss Sam at Teach First, but this is clearly a rare and exciting opportunity for him to make a difference beyond our shores.
“You can see the mark of Sam’s impact across the whole organisation . Sam joined us in 2013, and continued our journey as one of the largest and most prestigious graduate recruitment schemes in the country. Since then we have developed a leading post graduate diploma for our participants and our recruitment numbers have been sustained in the face of challenging conditions.
“In addition, Sam has been a kind and supportive colleague, always willing to share his knowledge and help others inside and outside Teach First. I’ve been personally grateful for Sam’s insights as we develop our new strategy.”
Sam will continue to work at Teach First until mid-June.