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Work with us to hire trainees who’ll make the biggest impact on your school and pupils – and a lasting difference in education. Together we’ll develop leaders who can unlock every pupil’s potential.

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  • Trainees selected through our rigorous recruitment process.
  • We recruit, you save time.
  • Outstanding training that shapes outstanding teachers.
  • Comprehensive support for your trainee and school.
  • Diverse talent from diverse backgrounds.
  • Dedicated staff committed to equality.
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Trainees who are right for your school 

The context of your school, the difficulties your pupils face and the gaps in your team are all factors we take into account when recruiting trainees for you. We know what makes a good teacher and we’ll work with you to make sure your trainee has the strengths and subject expertise your school needs. 

Our trainees have the enthusiasm, resilience and resourcefulness to succeed in schools serving disadvantaged communities. They work as a teacher in your school for two years whilst honing their craft and gaining a teaching and leadership qualification.

We recruit, you save time 

Hiring teachers with us means you won’t have to deal with job ads or recruitment agencies. Our rigorous selection process ensures we find teachers who are the right fit for your school. This will save you time and money, that you can spend on your pupils. 

What’s more, we’ll always make sure trainees well prepared and in place at the beginning of the school year. You won’t have to bring in supply teachers and your pupils can start building relationships with new staff straight away. We’re experts at discovering potential and developing great teachers through our two-year Training Programme – rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
New national availability: we’re now recruiting trainees for all subjects to employ teachers where they’re needed most.

Outstanding training that shapes outstanding teachers

You’ll be bringing world-class training into your school. We’ve been developing teachers with the attributes to help young people from low-income backgrounds for nearly 20 years. We incorporate our own research and experience with evidence from across the globe about how pupils and teachers learn best. It’s why our Training Programme is rated outstanding by Ofsted. 

By the end of year one, your trainee will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). At the end of year two, they’ll have earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) tailored to the needs of disadvantaged young people. And when they're a qualified teacher, we offer career-long support.  

Comprehensive support for your trainee and school

This is a team effort. We’ll support your school every step of the way and ensure that each trainee has several people to call upon for their academic, practical and emotional needs. This includes a mentor within your school, a Teach First expert academic support and development from a leading university. Because when your teachers thrive, so do your pupils.

Diverse talent from diverse backgrounds

We select trainees from all kinds of backgrounds, each with the skills and spark that make a brilliant teacher. Many are the first in their families to go to university – they’ve overcome similar barriers to those your pupils face. Others are experienced professionals starting a second career. 

They all bring a range of different skills into your school, but what they have in common is the talent and motivation to make a difference. It’s tough to get on our Training Programme, so you know they’ll be academically capable, but more importantly they’ll have the potential to be great teachers.

Dedicated staff committed to equality

The vast majority of our trainees – 82% in 2020 – remain in teaching after their two years on our Training Programme. You’re free to offer them a permanent contract and many stay where they trained. In fact, after three years our trainees are twice as likely to be teaching in low-income areas as those from other training routes. 

Not only are they committed to helping disadvantaged young people, but they’re also able to fulfil leadership ambitions quickly through our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. Our ambassador network also gives them and your school access to the support and resources of over 11,000 former trainees. 

Rural Teaching Partnership

Many young people in rural and coastal schools face real challenges of isolation and deprivation. Teachers in these schools have an important role to play in instilling hope and aspiration amongst young people in these communities. Learn more about how we work with schools from rural communities and provide support where it’s needed most.

Innovative online delivery

We strive to make all our programmes as accessible as possible through our suite of digital learning and online support tools. Working within this blended approach, utilising both digital and in-person elements, means we can reach even more schools facing the toughest challenges. For our work in blended learning, we won gold in ‘Best Digital Learning Transformation Programme Implemented in Response to COVID-19' and silver in "Best Use of Blended Learning" at the Learning Technologies Awards 2021. 

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94% of headteachers

were satisfied with their school's partnership with Teach First.

Teach First’s streamlined recruitment process and the excellent calibre of trainees has brought a whole new dynamic to our school. As a result, we've seen great impact.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson,
Anderton Park Primary School


The issue

You already know that society is failing too many children from disadvantaged backgrounds. They don't start with the same chances and the inequality continues throughout childhood. It’s not their fault and it isn’t fair. 

Together we can change that.

They’re less likely to succeed in the classroom and less likely to go on to university or well-paid jobs. The cycle continues from generation to generation, widening social inequality. It’s a cycle we’re determined to break. 

You’ll also be familiar with the sobering stats: 

  • Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are more than 18 months behind when they leave secondary school. 
  • 30% of disadvantaged pupils achieved grades 5 or above in English and mathematics GCSEs compared to 57% of non-disadvantaged pupils.
  • The poorest pupils are half as likely to go to university compared to their wealthier peers. 

Behind those stats are young people you see in your corridors and classrooms every day. Young people you know have the potential to succeed. 

Unlocking potential

Your school’s staff are doing a tough job brilliantly. We know resources are squeezed and time is tight. That’s why we want to support you by recruiting trainee teachers who are committed to helping young people from poorer families thrive. It’s also why we place them in schools in low-income areas where they can make the biggest difference.  

Our goal is to create an education system that’s fair for everyone. We’ve been working towards this since 2003 and have made some impressive strides:

  • We’ve recruited more than 16,000 teachers, supporting more than 1.5 million pupils.
  • Independent research shows that hiring our trainees improves the GCSE results of pupils by one grade.
  • One in four schools we work have improved GCSE results by more than 10%. 
  • Within two years of partnering with us, underperforming school departments improve their GCSE results from 9% lower than others in the same school to 16% higher.

Creating lasting impact

We’re not about quick fixes. Building a fairer system takes time. That means we’re with you for the long haul. We’ll recruit and develop trainees for as long as you need us to and they’ll often continue making a difference for years to come. 

  • After three years our trainees are twice as likely to be teaching in low-income areas as those from other training routes.
  • Our trainees are around seven times more likely to progress to senior leadership positions early in their career than those from other routes.
  • Now 97 former trainees are headteachers and over 2,250 are in middle or senior leadership.

Don’t just take it from us: 94% of headteachers are satisfied with their school's partnership with Teach First.

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Creating a lasting impact for pupils with Chaucer School

We've recruited more than

16,000 teachers

for schools serving poorer communities.

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More than


of our trainees are in leadership roles.

The [trainees'] passion is infectious. They are willing to listen, take on board ideas and contribute to the school as a whole.
Lynda Foxall,
Deputy Headteacher
Netherton CofE Primary School


Our Training Programme is different 

Everything we do is designed to help disadvantaged pupils fulfil their potential. 

What we look for in a trainee

In short: we’re picky. Only a small fraction of people who apply get on our Training Programme. Which means you can be confident you’re getting the best person for the job.

The majority of our successful applicants will have a 2:1 degree. But, more than that, they'll have a passion for our mission and demonstrate some of the attributes that make a great teacher: 

  • Humility, respect and empathy
  • An ability to interact
  • Leadership
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Self-evaluation
  • Knowledge of their academic subjects  
  • Knowledge of our mission
How we select our trainees

The process starts with a detailed online application form before moving on to comprehensive assessments. By the time they reach your school successful applicants will have: 

  • completed suitability to teach checks
  • been evaluated at our development centre through interviews, mock lessons and role plays
  • completed a subject knowledge assessment, to discover how ready they are to teach a subject or phase
  • identify areas of curriculum knowledge they need to improve
Our trainees are diverse

And we’re proud of that. Here’s a quick snapshot.

They have varied backgrounds:

  • 47% were the first in their family to go to university.
  • 28% went to schools in low-income areas.

They bring varied experience:

  • 43% are new graduates.
  • 26% graduated less than two years ago.
  • 31% are experienced professionals, changing careers three or more years after graduating.

They’ve studied a range of subjects at university:

  • 31% maths, science and engineering.
  • 29% English and languages.
  • 16% humanities.
  • 3% art and music.

In secondary schools, 40% of trainees are teaching a STEM subject.

Our training covers every base

We work with leading universities and educational experts, using the latest research to make sure our training is world class. Our curriculum addresses all elements of the core content framework and builds beyond this to develop trainees. 

Our training quickly equips new trainees to help their pupils learn as effectively as possible. This includes:

School-based training – during Summer Institute, trainees will spend two days in their employment school, and will spend five days in school based learning, observing great practice and developing their teaching skills.

Wellbeing – they all have access to an employee assistance programme, an online wellbeing course and their own dedicated Teach First contact.

Subject knowledge – trainees build theirs by working with expert teacher educators.

Classroom practice – this develops teaching strategies including for guided reading and teaching reading across the curriculum.

Training based on research – we're informed by research across the wider sector along with our own evaluations that we conduct with schools from disadvantaged areas, so trainees are supported and understand how to address the challenges that these schools face.

Behaviour management – trainees learn how to encourage better behaviour and look out for the emotional wellbeing of young people.

Qualifications – Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is gained in year one followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in year two.

Accessible and innovative training - Our award-winning blended-learning approach includes IRIS Connect Technology, a video reflection tool used for teacher development which is used by all schools and trainees.

We give trainees broad experience

All trainees
  • must spend five days teaching in a contrasting school
  • must attend training days or equivalent to develop subject knowledge, teaching methodology and the academic side of their PGDE. This requires trainees to be released for up to eleven days during term time
Early years trainees
  • must spend 20 days working with children in Key stage 1, usually in the same school
  • must spend 1 day with children aged up to three years to increase their understanding of early childhood development. This day must include teaching experience
Primary school trainees
  • must spend at least 20 days working with young people aged 5-11 in a different key stage to the one they’re teaching in
  • must spend one day in a secondary school to increase their understanding of teaching in this setting
  • must spend a minimum of four days in a contrasting primary school during spring term
Secondary school trainees:
  • must spend one day in a primary school to increase their understanding of teaching in this setting
  • must spend a minimum of five days in a contrasting secondary school during spring term  

A comprehensive range of support

We know our programme is tough which is why we make sure trainees get all the support they need. They’ll always have several people to turn to:

A Practice Development Lead

An experienced teacher recruited by us to oversee all their training. The Development Lead will work with the trainee over the two years, nurturing and challenging them in equal measure and helping them progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  

A school-based mentor

An experienced leader at your school who works in the same key stage or subject as the trainee and is nominated to support them. We provide training so this is a good opportunity for them to develop leadership skills in your school too.

A Subject Development lead

An experienced teacher recruited by us to develop their subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy. The Subject Development Lead will work with the trainee over the two years, helping them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and their PGDE. 

A university tutor

We work with some of the best teacher training universities in the UK. A tutor will support your trainee academically, assessing their PGDE assignments.

Our programme’s structure

It takes two years to complete and involves several elements.  

Summer Institute

This is the initial teacher training which equips trainees with the core skills to hit the ground running in September.

During this time, trainees will learn how to manage a classroom, plan lessons, assess pupils and spend five days in school centred learning. They’ll also boost their curriculum knowledge and meet other trainees.

This is when you’ll start getting to know them too. During Summer Institute, they’ll spend two days at your school. Trainees will observe lessons and start building relationships with the teachers and pupils they’ll be working with in September.

In the past, Summer Institute has been delivered as an intensive five-week block. For 2022, we’re offering a more flexible approach to accommodate trainees who have other commitments e.g. a full-time job.

Trainees will have the opportunity to choose from a part-time (9 weeks) or full-time (5 weeks) route, making Summer Institute more accessible to trainees with other commitments. Both routes will contain the same curriculum content and opportunities for school-based experience.  

The first year

Your trainee will be in the classroom at the start of the school year – nothing sharpens their skills like teaching for real. What they’ll be doing varies in each school phase:

Early years and primary school trainees
  • Early years trainees become the lead class teacher of a nursery or reception class.
  • Primary school trainees become the lead class teacher of a Key Stage 1 or 2 class.
  • Initially they’ll teach a 60% timetable of lessons before moving up to 80% once they’re more established (usually after the first term).
  • Trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of their first year.
Secondary school trainees
  • Secondary school trainees cover Key Stages 3 and 4 (Key Stages 4 and 5 in business studies only).
  • They’ll teach up to an 80% timetable of lessons from the start.
  • Trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of their first year.

Alongside working in school they’ll attend training days, building their knowledge of teaching theory and getting more practical training. 

The second year

Now an Early Career Teacher (ECT), they’ll teach a timetable that reflects this and start building leadership credentials by taking on more responsibilities.

Trainees complete their Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at the end of their second year. Our programme complements the statutory Early Career Framework that our trainees will also complete.

After the Training Programme

We’ll continue supporting them. They’ll have access to all our programmes that help teachers progress into leadership roles, not to mention our huge network of former trainees

It’s one reason why more than 60% of all trainees who have completed the programme since 2003 are still in teaching. Increasingly former trainees are returning to the profession after gaining knowledge and skills in other areas too.

They’ll also be part-way to a master’s degree which they can choose to continue studying towards in a third year. It’ll develop their teaching and leadership abilities, particularly around disadvantaged pupils, and give them greater insights into your school.

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There are so many skills I developed on the programme.
Zara Khokhar,
2009 ambassador and Head of History
St Albans Academy

Over 60%

of our qualified teachers since 2003 still teach today.

Applicants are really put through their paces to ensure that they have the commitment, skills and mindset required to succeed in their roles.
Jo Jones,
Story Wood School, Birmingham


Your trainee’s salary

Your school pays their teaching salary for a minimum of two years. In year one, they’re paid within the unqualified teacher pay range of the pay salary scale: 

  • A minimum of point 1 (early years and primary school trainees)
  • A minimum of point 2 (secondary school trainees).

In year two this rises to the salary for an Early Career Teacher (ECT), which varies depending on location.  

Mentoring grant for year one

To fund the work of a mentor for each trainee in your school, we pay your school a grant of £2,400 per trainee.

Teach First’s school fees

The government funds most of our recruitment and training costs. But we ask your school to contribute as well. This varies for different school phases and locations:

Early years and primary schools
  • Fees for all primary schools: £3,400 (including £800 retainer) in year one, £900 in year two.
Secondary schools
  • Non-shortage subjects (not listed below): £5,490 (including £1,000 retainer) in year one, £5,490 in year two.
  • Modern foreign languages: £6,270 (including £1,000 retainer) in year one, £6,270 in year two.
  • Science, design, technology, computing and mathematics: £6,770 (including £1,000 retainer) in year one, £6,770 in year two. 

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Teach First’s streamlined recruitment process and the excellent calibre of trainees has brought a whole new dynamic to our school. As a result, we've seen great impact.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson,
Anderton Park Primary School


Qualifying schools (Eligibility)

We prioritise recruiting trainee teachers for schools in England that teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds.

Our criteria are agreed with the Department for Education (DfE) and used to identify schools that will benefit most from working with us. We use the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and Pupil Premium (PP) information for each school to guide us.

This focuses on schools that are ranked in the top 70% most deprived areas (based on IDACI) and where the proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is in the top 50% of all state-funded schools. 

We understand that no set of criteria is ever going to perfectly capture the many forms that deprivation can take, so if you think your school would benefit from our support but doesn’t match the standard eligibility criteria above, get in touch for a chat about your situation. You may also be able to access our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes to help teachers develop in their roles.

How to start hiring

You can apply to partner with us at any time of year, but new trainees will only be placed in a school for a September start. Log in to the Teach First Portal and fill in our online form:

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Alternatively, book a call back, or get in touch now to get the ball rolling.

Once we know your school’s needs we’ll start matching applicants with the skills to make the biggest difference.

Training Programme Nomination

We also provide a dedicated route onto our Training Programme for talented support staff and talented individuals known to your school. If you know someone who would like to develop into a teacher at your school, you can nominate them for our Training Programme. They’ll accelerate their application through several steps of our Training Programme and be able to gain their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at your school. Their career progresses and your school holds on to a valuable member of staff.

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Teach First’s streamlined recruitment process and the excellent calibre of trainees has brought a whole new dynamic to our school. As a result, we've seen great impact.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson,
Anderton Park Primary School

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