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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.
A computing teacher points something out to one of their pupils during a lesson.
A pupil in a computing class looking out of the window.

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
  • The opportunity to undertake a two-week paid placement at Amazon (exclusive to trainees teaching computing)
Teach First trainees sharing a laugh at a teacher training conference.

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.
Rachel Arthur,
Assistant Headteacher
Oldham Academy North

In partnership with Amazon

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career programme aimed at inspiring young people from lower-income communities to study computer science.
Through this partnership, we're offering our computing trainees an exclusive two-week paid summer placement at Amazon. There you’ll upskill and gain valuable tech experience that will bolster both your career and your teaching.
In addition to partnering with us to recruit and train 50 computing teachers, Amazon is supporting Teach First’s Careers Leader programme which develops leaders in schools who can create long-term careers strategies to improve students’ opportunities after school. Careers Leader programme members will also have the opportunity to take students from their schools to visit Amazon on work insight days. Amazon Future Engineer will also deliver free robotics workshops for 10,000 primary school pupils and offer apprenticeships and bursaries in the computer science field. Over the next two years, the programme aims to reach over a million children in the UK.
 
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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

Give teaching a try

If you're studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) subject at university, get in front of a class and skill-up on our award-winning paid STEM internship.
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