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Teach First statement on Social Mobility Commission state of the nation report

Commenting on the Social Mobility Commission’s annual state of the nation report, Brett Wigdortz OBE, Founder and CEO of Teach First said: 

“The report highlights the worrying divide between communities succeeding and those ‘left behind’. But we know what is possible. In the last 15 years, educational outcomes in London have been radically transformed, driving forward social mobility. We know this potential lies in every part of the country.”


Teach First calls for more men to take up the challenge of teaching as gender imbalance grows

Education charity Teach First is marking World Teachers' Day today (Wednesday 5 October) with a call for more men to become teachers, as the latest figures show a stubborn gender gap in the profession. At a time of continued recruitment challenges, the latest Government statistics reveal that just 26% of teachers in England are men - accounting for 38% of secondary teachers and only 15% of primary school teachers. The share of male teachers has declined since 2010.


Teach First statement on grammar schools

Responding to stories about expanding grammar schools Sam Freedman, Executive Director of Programmes at Teach First commented:

“The Prime Minister has said that she wants to create a country that works for all, but education experts are united that the evidence shows grammar schools harm social mobility.


Teach First statement on Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategy

Responding to the release of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategy today, Brett Wigdortz OBE, founder and CEO of Teach First says:

"The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s anti-poverty strategy is a serious and ambitious attempt to grapple with the enormous range of issues that influence poverty. It is clear we need sustained action from charities, business and government on this agenda.