Training Programme Nomination

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A dedicated route onto our Training Programme for support staff and talented individuals. Nominees remain in their current school, get paid to train and take their career to the next level.

  • Develop your support staff into teachers.
  • Retain staff who know your school.
  • Outstanding training that shapes outstanding teachers.
  • Comprehensive support for your trainee and school.
  • Nominate support staff who will thrive in the classroom.
  • Achieve QTS while training on the job.
Two years (optional third to complete a masters) 

Nominate your support staff and talented individuals to become a qualified teacher in your school.

School benefits

Nominate talented individuals to become teachers 

Whether it’s a member of support staff, a school governor, mentor or a former member of staff, schools can nominate brilliant individuals known to the school for our Training Programme. This means the nominee will train as a teacher at your school for two years. 

Retain talented colleagues

This gives your school the opportunity to retain current of former members of staff. Your school won’t lose a valued team member. Your staff member will train on the job, in your school. They'll develop leadership skills that will make your team even stronger.

Stay on top of recruitment

You know best who is the right fit for your school. Nothing proves ability more than day-to-day performance, so a headteacher can always spot a staff member with high potential. That’s why we leave it up to you to nominate staff who have what it takes for our Training Programme.

New teachers who hit the ground running

The individual will know your school well. Your school’s policies, pupils and local community are already second nature. And on-the-job training means that your nominated trainee will achieve Qualified Teacher Status on our Training Programme after just one year, and will then need to complete a second year to achieve their PGDE.

Top-class teacher education

We studied the best teacher education practices from across the globe when designing our Training Programme – Ofsted rates it "Outstanding" in 41 out of 48 categories. Our Training Programme Nomination route doesn’t just make it possible for individuals to qualify as a teacher – it allows them to qualify with world-class teacher training and support.

Good for your budget and your staff

Schools only pay a small portion of the training costs for our Training Programme for their support staff or nominated trainees. You’ll pay a salary to the trainee who’ll earn from day one so that they can focus fully on the training.

New for 2022 entry 

If there are talented individuals known to your school that meet our eligibility criteria (e.g. school governor, mentor, former member of staff) that you would like to consider for the Training Programme Nomination route, please complete an enquiry form and we will follow up with you.

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Trainee benefits

High-quality on-the-job training in the school you know

You’ll be staying in the school you know, but your career will be going places. Our Training Programme offers world-class teacher training and leadership development, and when your headteacher nominates you through us, it means you can undertake it at your own school. You’ll spend some time at conferences, on training days and experiencing other schools, but your training will be in a familiar setting.

Receive an offer for our Training Programme

Your headteacher's confidence in your ability means you'll accelerate through our application process. Once your nomination has been accepted, we'll be in touch to register you and give you access to a Subject Knowledge Assessment. Once you've passed it, we'll sort the rest with your school. You’ll then have a dedicated recruiter to support you getting ready for your training.

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Training Programme Nomination is a route onto our Training Programme that gives talented support staff and individuals known to the school an offer to begin the programme, subject to meeting our requirements. Once they've been nominated by their headteacher, and they’ve registered their information, the individual joins the next Teach First cohort. They’ll then complete training in the school they currently work in.

Here’s an overview of how our Training Programme works:

Autumn Institute

For the first time ever, we'll be recruiting an autumn cohort to make sure that schools and pupils are receiving the excellent teaching staff that they deserve. These trainees will receive the same high-quality training as our summer trainees, but will be completing this in September, ready to start in teaching by the end of October.

Autumn Institute is the initial teacher training that prepares our trainees to start leading a class full of expectant pupils. At Autumn Institute they’ll:

  • Learn the theory and practice of education and how to manage a classroom.
  • Beef up their knowledge of the curriculum.
  • Build relationships with leaders across your school.
  • Get to know other trainees.

Nominated trainees will complete Autumn Institute between 12 September to 7 October, ready to begin teaching in your school from 10 October.

The first year

From day one in the classroom, trainees start with a reduced timetable (60% for Primary and Early Years, 80% for Secondary). Plus, they’ll earn at least the basic salary for an unqualified teacher.

Alongside working in school they’ll attend teacher training days and conferences run by us and our partner universities. They’ll build knowledge of teaching theory, get more practical training and, no doubt, swap lots of stories with other trainees. Throughout the programme they’ll be supported, trained and assessed by a Teach First expert, a mentor at their school and a university tutor.

All being well, by the end of the year they’ll achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and be part-way to a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), which is worth double the credits of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Teach First’s Training Programme Nomination was the perfect route as it meant I didn’t have to leave my school and colleagues, and I’d also have a salary as I trained.

-Zara Kirkpatrick, Teach First trainee teacher, Carlton Bolling College, Bradford.

The summer holidays

During the Summer Holidays they have the option of taking a work placement with a supporter organisation such as Google, PwC, British Film Institute and many, many more. Such placements can help them broaden their experience and develop skills that will prove useful in the classroom.

The second year

Now a newly qualified teacher (NQT), salaries go up to between £23,720 and £29,664 depending where their school is. They’ll also be teaching a full timetable and starting to build leadership credentials by taking on responsibilities such as:

  • Becoming a subject or year leader.
  • Mentoring pupils as they think about what to do after school.
  • Running a club that helps pupils aim higher and achieve more.

During the year they’ll complete the final two modules of their PGDE. And we’ll still be there supporting them alongside their school and university, through training days, conferences and one-to-one support.

After the training programme

Having a PGDE means they’ll be part-way to a master's degree, which they can choose to complete in an additional third year of training. It’ll develop their teaching and leadership abilities, particularly around disadvantaged pupils, and give them greater insights into your school.

On top of that, they’ll be a Teach First ambassador and part of our ambassador network. That means they’ll be connected to thousands of others who’ve been through the programme and are trying to create a fairer education system. They’re a close-knit, supportive bunch and they’re always happy to help.

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Portrait of Teach First ambassador Zara Khokhar.
There are so many skills I developed on the programme. Communication, relationship building and leadership are absolutely key.
Zara Khokhar,
2009 ambassador and Head of History
St Albans Academy


Before a headteacher makes a nomination, there are a few things to bear in mind.
Firstly, your school must be:

  • committed to offering the staff member employment as a teacher for two years
  • prepared to give occasional days off for training.

Secondly, the nominee must:

  • be a current or former teaching assistant, higher-level teaching assistant, cover supervisor, lab technician or unqualified teacher or
  • be an individual known to the school (governor or mentor)
  • have a 2.2 degree or above
  • usually have a degree or an A-level (at grade B or higher) in the subject they’ll be teaching
  • have GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English. Grade C in one science subject is also required for primary teaching. Please check our eligibility page for more information about your chosen subject.
  • not have completed a teacher training programme before. Get all the details on eligibility for our Training Programme.

New for 2022 entry: headteachers can now nominate individuals well known to the school to train as teachers. This includes current or former staff members with high potential (e.g. mentors or governors) who are keen to progress in the classroom and will benefit from our high-quality teacher training and support.

Get all the details on eligibility for our Training Programme.

Qualifying schools

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

Our criteria is 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.

What next?

If you think this sounds like just the opportunity you’ve been looking for, send this webpage on to your headteacher so they can put you forward for it.

If you’re a headteacher, take a look at our 'Nominate' tab to see how you can nominate your member of support staff or a talented individual.

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Nomination process

If you have any questions about nominating a staff member for the Training Programme, please get in touch below: 


Are you a member of staff interested in applying? Enquire now.

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Your journey on the Training Programme Nomination

Summer Institute
Your journey towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leaderships (PGDE) begins with the Summer Institute – a flexible way to undergo your initial teacher training so you’re classroom-ready for September.

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After Summer Institute

You’ll have a short break to prepare for your first classroom lessons in September.   

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Start of year one

From your first day you’ll be in the classroom, teaching a partial timetable. This is also when you’ll start earning a salary. 

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End of year one

By the end of your first year you’ll have Qualified Teacher Status and be part-way towards your full PGDE.

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Summer holidays

You can spend your summer break taking on a work placement or internship opportunities at one of our partners.

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Start of year two

Now a Newly Qualified Teacher, you’ll earn a higher salary and teach a full timetable.

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End of year two

You’ll complete the Training Programme having earned your PGDE. You’ll also become a Teach First ambassador.

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Year three

You can choose to transfer your PGDE credits towards a Master’s degree, which you can complete part-time.

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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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Training Programme Nomination

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