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Hope for a breakthrough

Help them break through

Applications for our Training Programme are currently closed.

Inspire the scientists of the future

Scientists are essential to the UK's future – an estimated 40,000 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates are needed every year to meet demand.
Currently though, too few newly qualified science teachers are entering schools to educate the next generation. For example, 2018 UCAS figures showed that fewer than 600 new physics teachers were expected to reach the classroom - significantly below the 1,000 needed.
Without enough teachers to educate and inspire, tomorrow's scientific accomplishments may never move beyond science fiction.
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Our Training Programme

Train to teach science and earn a salary from the start. You'll be placed in a school where your knowledge can have the biggest impact, and you'll help provide a high-quality education for children from the poorest backgrounds.
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 opportunity to inspire the scientific minds of tomorrow
  • support from our network of 10,000+ teachers and former teachers.

Working with kids every day is probably the most rewarding job you could ever get. When I'm teaching, seeing the light bulb moments that happen around the classroom is just absolutely fantastic.
James Hulse,
Assistant Associate Headteacher
St. Wilfrid's RC College

Why you're needed

  • At present, 24% of science teachers in the poorest areas don't have a relevant qualification.
  • 50% of mixed-gender state schools don't have a single girl studying A-level physics.
  • By 2025 there will be 15% more secondary school pupils than in 2018.
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"The Training Programme is different"

After studying science at university, Ellie found that many of her friends were going on to do PhDs. Having previously volunteered with children, though, she realised that her calling lay in teaching. Our Training Programme offered an appealing route into the profession.
"The Training Programme is different because it does feel like although within those first few weeks you're very much a trainee, after that you are far more like a Newly Qualified Teacher."


We're one of the UK's top graduate employers

We're a step ahead of most other graduate employers. Teach First has been in the top ten of the prestigious Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for the past nine years.
We're proud to have made that list once again in 2020.


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Want to give teaching science a try?

If you're currently in your penultimate year, studying a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subject at university then you can apply for our award-winning paid STEM Internship.

Our country needs Black STEM teachers

Taster Programmes

Boost your CV and develop leadership skills with one of our two-day undergraduate Taster Programmes.

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Training Programme

Our country needs teachers, now more than ever. Join our most important cohort for a generation.

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