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)