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Our work with secondary schools

Ensuring all young people get a great education that prepares them for life.

Our work with secondary schools

For more than 15 years we’ve been helping young people from low-income communities in England and Wales get what they need from school to prepare them for adult life.

We train and support people with leadership potential to become inspirational teachers in schools facing the greatest challenges. Through our Leadership Development Programme (LDP) you can recruit driven, passionate people to train and teach in your school. And by giving our secondary participants bespoke training we enable them to have the greatest impact on your pupils.
Meet Tom Campbell, headteacher at Fullhurst Community College, and see what a difference our participants can make:

“We actively recruit from Teach First if we can, because they’re a different calibre of teachers than you get through recruitment ads. We know the quality of the trainees and the difference that they make is huge.

Rose Hughes, Headteacher, Yardleys School, Birmingham

What does our training include?

A PGDE and QTS – tailored to the needs of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Classroom practice
Bespoke practice sessions – including training in guided reading and teaching reading across the curriculum.
Support of Participant Development Leads
Trained teachers specially recruited for their skills in mentoring trainees through challenging circumstances.
Support from a leading university
We work with some of the best teacher training institutions to provide personalised, subject-specific support.

Frequently asked questions

Which schools do we work with?

In England 
Eligibility is determined by a points system that combines the economic deprivation of pupils and the achievement gap between poorer children and their wealthier peers in the area. We are currently working with more than 500 secondary schools in England. To find out if your school is eligible, contact your local Teach First team, or read more here.

In Wales 
Teach First Cymru works with schools in areas where pupil deprivation has an acute impact on outcomes. Please contact the Teach First Cymru office for further details regarding school eligibility. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Our dedicated School Partnerships teams are based in each of the local areas we operate in and are responsible for managing our relationships with schools. Find the contact for your area.

How much does it cost to take on a Teach First participant?

The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) fees contribute to the costs of recruiting, placing, training and supporting participants to teach in your school for two years. The fees charged to your school cover a percentage of the total cost, while most of the funding comes from the government. For a full breakdown of the fees per participant, please speak to your local Teach First team.

What happens after the two years?

More than half of our participants remain in teaching when they have completed the programme. Participants and ambassadors also have the option to work towards a Masters qualification designed to further their leadership and teaching abilities, and develop greater insights into your school. Once they’ve completed the LDP they join our ambassador community and are offered specialist professional development if they choose to remain in teaching. Learn more about the opportunities we offer them.

What other commitments do secondary school participants have? 

- They attend nine conference days developing knowledge of their subject and teaching methods. 
- They spend five days widening their experience by teaching in a contrasting secondary school.
- They spend one day in a primary school to increase their understanding of teaching and progress in this setting.

How much does it cost to run a programme at your school?

Some of our extra programmes charge a fee due to the cost of delivering them, others are available free of charge to schools. For information about the costs of each programme, please look at our What we offer schools page or speak to your local Teach First team.

What else can we do for your school?
Discover all the services we offer to support your pupils and teachers.
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