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How we help children now will define all our futures

We need your help

COVID-19 is hitting the country's most vulnerable children the hardest. The gap between rich and poor students will widen even more, risking their futures and ours. But it doesn’t have to.
Schools have acted. They are teaching children of key workers, supporting pupils at home, and feeding those on free school meals. But back to school won't be back to normal, and they cannot bear this burden alone. We must be there to help them rebound.
We urgently need to raise at least £5 million over the next 3 years to support teachers and school leaders in the most challenging circumstances. Your donations will help them get their schools back on their feet.
We may be shut in, but together we can ensure children from disadvantaged communities aren’t shut out from a fair education.
Donate now, or speak to us about how you can help.
We're so grateful for the organisations that are working with us to make sure that no child is shut out. Take a look at who's supported our campaign so far.

The difference you’ll make:

  • Help the poorest children keep learning.
  • Support schools facing the biggest challenges brought by COVID-19.
  • Enhance provision for teachers and leaders to help their schools out of this setback.
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What we’re doing right now:

  • Pushing for action from government and business. We’re standing with schools to call on internet providers to give the poorest families internet access. We’re also urging technology companies to donate devices so children have the best chance to continue their learning at home.
  • We’ve gone digital. We’ve updated all our programmes so we can continue to train and support teachers during this challenging time.
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Come September, while we can hope the rest of the country will be trying to get back to normal, schools – especially schools like mine serving disadvantaged communities – will need support to do the same.
Dawn Ferdinand,
Headteacher at The Willow Primary School and member of Teach First’s National Schools Forum

What we’re working towards:

We’ll be working with schools hit hardest by COVID-19's impact on learning. We’ll continue to train school leaders to solve the complex problems vital to recovery, helping them support their pupils to catch up.
We’re adapting the provision we offer across all of our programmes: be that for teachers stepping into classrooms for the first time this September, those responsible for whole year or subjects groups, and those in leadership roles.
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Our package of support could include:

  • setting up the senior leadership team for success with the support of dedicated former headteachers
  • strategies to support schools to reopen successfully
  • mental health and wellbeing support for pupils and teachers
  • expert advice and support via our extensive networks of teachers and schools, to help pupils catch up on vital learning
Donate now to help us get this vital support to schools.
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Sadly, many of my pupils simply don't have access to the internet or devices to help them study at home. I'm worried they're going to fall behind other children.
Lizzie Pocklington,
Science teacher at Nottingham Academy
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