His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales has visited Fitzalan High School in Leckwith, Cardiff, to celebrate the work and achievements of Teach First Cymru since its inception in 2013.
During the visit His Royal Highness – who is Teach First's Patron - visited two lessons taught by the charity's participants Harry Morgan, who teaches Maths, and Sam Strickland, who teaches Science. Both participants started at the school in 2015. After visiting the lessons, His Royal Highness then attended a school assembly where he listened to the pupils perform on steel drums and watched a performance of the Sound of Music, which included a dance.
Teach First Cymru aims to narrow the education gap between children from low-income families and their wealthier peers. They do that by recruiting and developing great teachers and leaders to work in schools facing the greatest challenges. Since launching in Wales in 2013 they have placed over 150 teachers and reached an estimated 9,000 pupils.
Teach First have placed more participants at Fitzalan High School than any other Welsh school, with 18 Teach First teachers being placed there since 2013. The school performs well and is rated by the Welsh Government as one of the top 25% of schools in its category.
Jennifer Owen-Adams, director of Teach First Cymru, said:
“We are enormously privileged to have His Royal Highness as our Patron and to visit Fitzalan High School today to support our work in Wales. There is really positive movement happening across the education community in Wales to drive up standards - and we’re proud to be playing a role in that with the support of students, teachers, the wider community and businesses. We were immensely proud to have shared all this work with His Royal Highness today”.
At the event, Teach First’s CEO and founder, Brett Wigdortz, also announced a new partnership between the Teach First and the Central South Wales Consortium: Joint Education Service on behalf of the local authorities and the schools they serve. Following a successful first four years in Wales, predominately funded by the Welsh Government, Mr Wigdortz announced that the charity has agreed a future funding partnership with the Central South Consortium.
This funding will be in addition to Teach First’s valued supporters in Wales – including the Queens Trust, the Moondance Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation – who will continue to support the charity with significant contributions.
Brett Wigdortz OBE, CEO and Founder of Teach First said:
“We are delighted to announce a new partnership between ourselves and the Central South Consortium, on behalf of the local authorities and schools they serve, as part of our commitment to working in Wales.
“This will allow us to continue supporting schools serving low income communities in Wales and helping to tackle education inequality. We look forward to working with the Consortium and benefiting from the significant expertise they bring.”
Cllr Huw David, Chair of the Central South Consortium Joint Committee said:
"We are very pleased that in response to demand from schools, we will continue to be able to place Teach First participants in schools in the Central South region. We will be working with Teach First on the model for delivery of professional learning embedding it within schools in the region as part of our school led improvement strategy."
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About Teach First
Teach First is a charity with the vision that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. It believes that the scale of change needed is so great it requires a movement of leaders to make a difference at a pupil, school and system level.
Working with universities, schools and businesses, Teach First is working towards achieving its vision by enabling its participants and ambassadors in the classroom to raise the achievement, aspiration, and access to opportunity of children from low socio-economic backgrounds, whilst developing a network of leaders with a life-long commitment to ending inequality in education from both inside and outside the classroom.
Teach First currently operates in Wales and in all regions across England.
About Fitzalan High School
Fitzalan High School is a large, co-educational, community comprehensive secondary school, located in the Leckwith area of Canton, inner city Cardiff. Over forty languages are spoken within the school. The school performs well and is rated by the Welsh Government as one of the top 25% of schools in its category. The school has been on a real improvement journey and results have improved year on year. There are 1,710 pupils on roll including 330in the sixth form.