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Eligibility criteria for our school programmes

Eligibility criteria for our school programmes

Working with schools and pupils in the areas of greatest need

Teach First follows specific eligibility criteria to determine which schools we work with. This allows Teach First to ensure that we make the most effective use of our resources for the communities we support and target schools and pupils in areas of socio-economic and educational deprivation. These criteria are reviewed annually using the most recent available government data, where relevant.

Please note that we cannot always partner with all eligible schools. For further information about whether your school is eligible to partner with Teach First, please contact your local Teach First team.

Leadership Development Programme (LDP) eligibility

Our criteria for providing trainee teachers through our Leadership Development Programme is agreed in direct consultation with the National College of Teachers and Leaders (NCTL) as part of our government contract and is used to identify schools that will benefit most from partnering with us.

School eligibility is calculated using the recognised Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index’ (IDACI) and ‘Achieving Excellence Areas’ (AEA) as indicated in the table below:

LDP eligible schools (both primary and secondary):

  • IDACI 40 or greater
  • IDACI between 35-40 and AEA score = 4, 5 or 6
  • IDACI between 30-35 and AEA score = 5 or 6
  • IDACI between 25-30 and AEA score = 6

(IDACI = 40 means 40% of pupils living in the 3 most deprived deciles)

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Leading Together programme eligibility

The Leading Together programme is focused on making a real and sustained difference to the lives of young people who need it the most. We will be predominantly working with schools that have been graded 3 or 4 by Ofsted. All schools we work with will serve low-income communities.

We determine low-income communities by using criteria that considers the population of the school, the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI), and the score of the Achieving Excellence Area (AEA) the school is in.

With the delivery of Leading Together starting in Spring 2018, we will initially pilot it in schools meeting this criteria in the North West and in Yorkshire and Humberside, with plans to expand to other geographical areas in the future.

Futures and Careers and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP) eligibility

Both our Futures programme and our Careers and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP) are aimed at schools who have a gap in the progression to higher education data for their pupils.

Eligible schools must be able to demonstrate that pupils who are in receipt of free school meals have lower progression rates to higher education than other pupils who are not in receipt of free school meals.

To be selected for the Futures programme, pupils must be in Year 12 and:

  • have an average Attainment 8 GCSE grade of 5.5,
  • have no parental history of university attendance, and/or
  • have been in receipt of free school meals during their time at school.
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