Boost your career and help fight educational inequality
In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer, we’re offering you the opportunity to earn a salary while you train to be a computing teacher on our Training Programme. You’ll also gain valuable experience that will serve you well in the tech and education sectors.
Most importantly, you’ll help ensure that children who face the biggest life challenges can learn crucial computer science skills.
The UK needs more computing teachers
In 2017, a Royal Society report found that 54% of secondary schools in England didn’t offer GCSE computer science and that this was largely due to a lack of skilled teachers.
Be part of the solution and help us change that.
Our Training Programme
Unlock your talents and help secure the future of the next generation by joining our Training Programme. You’ll get:
a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE), worth double the credits of a PGCE
a salary while you train
the chance to help the children who need you most
your own Amazon Echo to help you in your classroom teaching
one-to-one support from an Amazon Techspert
the opportunity to apply for an exclusive Amazon Insight scheme
Rachel on teaching computing
Students that say they’re going off now to study computer science because they’ve enjoyed my lessons so much is something that’s massively inspirational.
Teach First x Amazon
Teach First and Amazon have worked together for two years to support children across the country get access to the technology and teachers they need to thrive in computing. We’re excited to be working with Amazon for the next two years to recruit more teachers and help inspire the computer scientists of the future.
During your time on our Training Programme, and once you become an ambassador, Amazon will provide additional support for your training and development. This includes an ‘Amazon Techspert’ (a mentor who will be on hand to provide industry advice and support), an Amazon gift box including an Echo, and the opportunity to apply for an exclusive Amazon Insight scheme.
Teach First’s partnership with Amazon Future Engineer supports students at secondary school level, where we are already seeing increased interest in computer science teaching. The programme has activities that span a student’s education journey including robotics workshops, Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, coding competitions and bursaries. Initial feedback from teachers has been incredibly positive and we look forward to welcoming more teachers on to the scheme.
Rachel found her calling teaching computer science
Rachel was working in cybersecurity, where she had, “what seemed like a really glamorous lifestyle.” But despite her apparent success, she was looking for a change of direction.
“At first I was wowed, but I missed working with young people and it felt like there was something missing.”
“Lots of my friends saw me as someone who was doing really well and jet setting, and obviously the salary [in cybersecurity] was a big draw… but actually the joy I get from being in a classroom is ten times better than that.”
Rachel on teaching computing
Our visit was incredible. It ignited our pupils' interest in STEM and the innovative, hands-on, coding tasks enabled the children to solve problems and develop their logical thinking.
Why teach computing?
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