Hire trainee teachers

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Hire trainees we’ve recruited to meet your school’s needs. Together we’ll develop leaders who can unlock every pupil’s potential. Book a callback or call us on 020 3862 8994.

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

Find new teaching talent and inspire your pupils.


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 recruitment process isn’t just about formal qualifications, it’s about finding those with the enthusiasm, resilience and resourcefulness to help young people from low income backgrounds succeed.

We recruit, you save time and money

Hiring teachers with us means you won’t have to deal with job ads or recruitment agencies. This’ll save you money and time, which you can spend on your pupils. 

What’s more, we’ll always make sure trainees are in place at the beginning of the school year. That means you won’t have to bring in supply teachers and your pupils can start building relationships with new staff straight away.

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 more than 15 years. We combine that 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) and 99% of our trainees achieve this with the top two grades. By the end of year two they’ll have earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) tailored to the needs of disadvantaged young people.

Comprehensive support for your trainee and school

This is a team effort. We’ll support your school every step of the way and each trainee has several people to lean on for their academic, practical and emotional needs. This includes a mentor within your school, a Teach First expert and a tutor from a leading university. 

Diverse talent from diverse backgrounds

Our trainees come from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds. 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 – 83% in 2019 – 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, they’re 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 more than 12,000 former trainees. 

For more information

Download our primary schools flyer

Download our secondary schools flyer

Or call us on 0203 862 8994.

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of headteachers would recommend Teach First to other schools.

One of the Times top 100 graduate employers in 2019
Through Teach First, we got the sort of people we’d been looking for: passionate, committed, hard-working and who challenged our thinking.
Andrew Rushton,
Netherton CofE Primary School


The issue

More than anyone, you’ll know that too many young people from poor backgrounds aren’t fulfilling their potential at school. 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 be familiar with the sobering stats: 

  • Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are more than 18 months behind when they leave secondary school. 
  • 28.5% of pupils eligible for free school meals achieved five good GCSEs including English or Welsh and maths in 2017, compared to 60.8% of those who aren’t.
  • The poorest pupils are half as likely to go to university as 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 rigorously recruiting trainee teachers capable of 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 12,000 teachers, supporting more than one million pupils.
  • Independent research shows that hiring our trainees improves the GCSE results of pupils by one grade overall.
  • GCSE data shows one in four schools we work with improves 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.
  • 99% of our trainees gain the two highest QTS grades.

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.
  • More than 70 former trainees are headteachers and over 2,100 are in middle or senior leadership.

But don’t just take it from us: recent research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found 90% of headteachers would recommend Teach First to other schools.

For more information

Download our primary schools flyer

Download our secondary schools flyer

Or call us on 0203 862 8994.

Creating a lasting impact for pupils with Chaucer School

We've recruited more than

12,000 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.

Successful applicants need to have a 2:1 degree. But, more than that, they must 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 face-to-face assessments. By the time they reach your school successful applicants will have: 

  • been evaluated at our development centre through interviews, mock lessons and role plays
  • completed a subject knowledge test, 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:

  • 50% were the first in their family to go to university.
  • Almost a third 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:

  • 25% have studied maths, science and engineering
  • 25% English and languages
  • 41% humanities and law
  • 5% art and music
  • 4% business and economics
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. In a nutshell it quickly equips new trainees to help their pupils learn as effectively as possible. This includes:

School-based training – trainees spend time in schools during our Summer Institute and start teaching their own classes from September, developing their teaching skills on the job.

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 university tutors.

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

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.

We give trainees broad experience

All trainees
  • Must spend five days teaching in a contrasting school.
  • Must attend training days to develop subject knowledge, teaching methodology and the academic side of their PGDE. This requires trainees to be released for up to nine days in year one and up to four in year two.
Early years trainees
  • Must spend 20 days working with children in a different key stage usually in the same school.
  • Must spend their first five-day placement with children aged up to three years old to increase their understanding of early child development. This is fully funded at £200 per day and should be completed before the end of the third term of a trainee’s first year.
Primary school trainees
  • Must spend at least 20 days working with young people aged five to 11 in a different key stage to the one they’re teaching in.
Secondary school trainees in England:
  • Must spend one day in a primary school to increase their understanding of teaching in this setting.
Secondary school trainees in Wales:
  • Must go to professional development sessions once a fortnight from 2:00-5:30pm.
  • Must attend four training days, two during school, two on Saturdays.

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 development lead

An experienced teacher recruited by us to oversee all their training. Nurturing and challenging them in equal measure. 

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 too.

A university tutor

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

Our programme’s structure

It takes two years to complete and involves several elements.  

Summer Institute

An immersive five-week introduction to the theory and practice of teaching, we’ve developed the Summer Institute with the UK’s leading teacher training universities. Attended by trainees the summer before they start at your school, it gives them the skills they need to hit the ground running when they enter the classroom.

Among other things, they’ll spend this time learning how to manage a classroom, plan lessons and assess pupils. They’ll also boost their curriculum knowledge and meet other trainees. 

This is when you’ll start getting to know them too. They’ll spend a minimum of 11 days in schools, including several in yours. Trainees will observe lessons and start building relationships with the teachers and pupils they’ll be working with in September.

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 half-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 run by us and our partner universities, building their knowledge of teaching theory and getting more practical training. 

The second year

Now a newly qualified teacher (NQT), 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. 

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 disadvantage pupils, and give them greater insights into your school.

For more information

Download our primary schools flyer

Download our secondary schools flyer

Or call us on 0203 862 8994.

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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. In year two this rises to the salary for a newly qualified teacher (NQT), 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 £2,600 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
  • Primaries in London: £4,100 per year
  • Primaries outside London: £3,900 per year
Secondary schools
Outside London
  • Non-shortage subjects (not listed below): £5,420
  • English: £5,920
  • Modern foreign languages and geography: £6,400
  • Science, design, technology and mathematics: £6,700
In London

Non-shortage subjects (not listed below): £5,620 

English: £6,120

Modern foreign languages and geography: £6,600

Science, design, technology and mathematics: £6,900

These costs for schools are updated annually and have been agreed for trainees starting in schools in 2020/21. Costs for 2021/22 entry will be added here once finalised.

For more information

Download our primary schools flyer

Download our secondary schools flyer

Or call us on 0203 862 8994.

Science teacher Lizzie Pocklington in class with students
Portrait of Jake Howarth-Brown
Teach First is a very different and exciting programme, and their vision is truly aligned with that of our school’s.
Jake Howarth-Brown,
Little Mead Primary School, Bristol

Hiring process

Qualifying schools

We only recruit trainees for schools in England and Wales 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 Achieving Excellence Areas (AEA), a measure that recognises parts of the country where children consistently underperform.

This focuses on schools that have either:

  • an IDACI of 40 or greater (40% of pupils live in the three most deprived deciles)
  • an IDACI of 35 to 40 and an AEA score of 4 to 6
  • an IDACI of 30 to 35 and an AEA score of 5 or 6
  • an IDACI of 25 to 30 and an AEA score of 6

We’re flexible, so if you think your school would benefit from our support but isn’t eligible, 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 move into leadership positions. 

How to start hiring

You can apply to partner with us at any time of year, but new trainees will only be placed in school in September. Simply fill in our online formbook a call back from us or call us now on 0203 862 8994 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.

Download our primary schools flyer

Download our secondary schools flyer

Teaching Assistant Fast Track

Many teaching assistants and classroom support staff have the potential to be great teachers. If someone in your school is ready to make that leap you can nominate them for our Teaching Assistant Fast Track programme. 

They’ll skip several steps in the application process for our Training Programme and be able to gain their QTS at your school. Their career progresses and your school holds on to a valuable member of staff.

Teacher sitting between two pupils
Girl at STEM fair wearing goggles
Teacher sitting on desk and smiling
Portrait of Jake Howarth-Brown
Teach First is a very different and exciting programme, and their vision is truly aligned with that of our school’s.
Jake Howarth-Brown,
Little Mead Primary School, Bristol

Great leaders drive successful schools. Our world-class training gives those eager to step up and build a fairer education system, the tools and networks to do it.  

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