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Join our fully funded teacher training programme

Be a paid teacher from day one, and help more children reach their potential.

Apply by 17 July for 2024 autumn intake

Teach in the schools that need you the most

An outstanding two-year programme

  • Start in the classroom next autumn. Not just observing lessons. Actually teaching them. From the start you’ll be a paid teacher, employed by the school.
  • Help pupils from the poorest backgrounds reach their full potential.
  • Get all the support you need – you’ll be supported, trained and assessed by a Teach First expert, a mentor at your school and a university tutor.
  • Ofsted recently rated our teacher training programme as outstanding.

What happens on the Training Programme.

Earn a competitive salary

Your training is fully funded and you'll earn a salary from the outset.

From day one in the classroom, you’ll be a paid teacher employed directly by the school.

Once you finish our Training Programme, you’ll be a qualified teacher. You could earn up to £56,959 (inner London) or £46,525 (rest of England).

Find out what you could earn.


You’ll need:

  • a 2.1 degree or above (we'll consider a 2.2 for secondary teaching) 
  • grade C/4 or equivalent in GCSE maths and English  
  • for primary, a grade C/4 in one GCSE science subject as well 
  • the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme

Eligibility requirements.

Teach in schools that need you the most

Our purpose is to give children facing the biggest barriers the chance to fulfil their potential.

We find and train teachers to work in the schools that need them most.

That means you might need to relocate when you join our Training Programme.

Where you could teach.

Grow your career quickly

You’ll finish our Training Programme with qualified teacher status. It's a teaching standard respected across the world and means you can teach in any state school in the country.

When you’re ready, we’ll help you step up and lead change at school.

How our trainees become leaders.

Why train to teach with Teach First?

Since 2003, we’ve improved the life chances and choices of over two million pupils.

Independent research shows our approach makes a significant difference to children’s attainment.

Read more about our impact.

Join our teacher training programme

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Want to know more?

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Not for you?

If our Training Programme isn’t for you, you can also train to teach in a school near you on our one-year unsalaried teacher training. Compare our teacher training options.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2023
Ofsted outstanding provider
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Making that real palpable change is why I love being a teacher.
Andrew Campbell,
2015 ambassador and primary teacher
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Earn, learn and make a difference from day one

Ruth Muleya
A child’s experience is only the teacher in front of them, and I want to be that teacher.
Ruth Muleya,
Teach First trainee
Hathaway Academy

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