Teach First

Meet and recruit our ambassadors

As the UK’s largest graduate recruiter we support some of the country’s top graduates and career-changers to train and teach in schools in low-income communities across England and Wales.

Olivia Turner, 2007 Ambassador

Studied: Geography and Education, University of Cambridge
Taught: Geography in London
Now: Management Consultant, Accenture

“I have always had a passion for education and when I came across Teach First I knew it was the route for me. It had an edge that set it apart from other graduate schemes; a unique challenge combining responsibility from day one with addressing a fundamental issue of our time - educational disadvantage. 

“My experience with Teach First has provided me with a variety of transferable skills that I’m able to apply in my current career in management consultancy, such as dealing with challenging clients or intimidating settings confidently. Accenture currently employs more than 50 Teach First ambassadors who form a strong community. We are passionate about continuing to address educational disadvantage, for example by forming links with schools and inviting students into the office for employability skills sessions. Teach First inspired me and gave me the skills to continue to make a difference beyond the classroom.”

Since placing our first cohort in London in 2003, we have recruited nearly 7,000 teachers and now partner with schools serving low-income communities in every region of England and in Wales. Beyond the completion of our two-year Leadership Development programme, around 40% of ambassadors (alumni) continue to tackle educational disadvantage from a variety of different sectors. With continued support, we hope this will grow to a community of over 10,000 people by 2018, and 17,000 by 2022.

Around two-thirds of our ambassadors in business work for organisations that support Teach First. A partnership with us offers businesses the opportunity to engage with top talent through Careers Fairs, internships and advertising roles.  

Be part of a powerful movement for change in education. 

Employ a teacher on a Summer Project

Our Partners are invited to offer Summer Projects to our participants and ambassadors. Created as a ‘mini internship’, they give highly motivated participants and ambassadors the opportunity to get to know your organisation, whilst helping you to implement short-term projects. After the project, your business would have the opportunity to recruit these outstanding individuals to the organisation.

Summer Projects take place across the country, during August, and projects are advertised in January - March.  

Contact Karen Arkell to find out more about Summer Projects.

Promote your business on our Community Website

Our secure microsite for participants and ambassadors has more than 5,000 users logging in to the site regularly and a dedicated Careers Section which receives the highest level of traffic.

Supporters are invited to post vacancies on this site, along with an organisational profile, and other relevant resources such as CV writing guides, case studies of ambassadors working at your business, or information on progression routes and career pathways to leadership positions.  

Email Jessica Johnson or call 020 3117 2463. to find out about our Community Website.

Attend our Leaders in All Fields Fair

Our Partners are able to take a free stand at the Annual Teach First (Leaders in All Fields) Careers Fair at which over 2,000 current and former teachers attend to find out about careers opportunities available to them beyond the Teach First programme.  

Contact Karen Arkell to hear more about our Leaders in All Fields Fair.