20 years of Teach First: our impact 2003–23

This report examines the impact of our work on young people, the people we train and the wider community.


  • In 20 years, we’ve supported more than two million pupils to fulfil their potential.
  • We’ve recruited and developed 16,000 new teachers working in schools serving low-income communities.
  • Half the people who’ve completed our Training Programme are in middle leadership positions after four years of teaching.
  • Beyond the classroom, 280 people who’ve completed our Training Programme are working in government and policy positions. And 200 work in senior positions in the charity sector.

Impact on young people

Better GCSE results

GCSE attainment increases in departments with Teach First trainees compared to similar departments or schools without Teach First trainees.

More attend university

Schools with Teach First trainees subsequently see a rise in the proportion of students who go on to attend university – an increase not seen in comparable schools.

More reach top universities

Employing Teach First trainees is also associated with a greater increase in the proportion of pupils who go on to attend a Russell Group university than comparable schools without Teach First trainees.

Better opportunities after school

Young people who attended a school with a Teach First trained Careers Leader are long-term more likely to be in education, work or training.

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