Training Programme

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

  • Earn a salary and pay no fees.
  • Gain internationally recognised teacher training qualifications.
  • Make a difference in the classroom from day one.
  • Expert support from your school and from us.
  • Develop skills all employers are looking for.
  • Join a community of recent graduates and career changers.
Two years (Optional third year to complete Masters)
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Make a difference every day on the largest teacher training and leadership programme in the UK.

Autumn Institute

Don't wait another year to change your life: apply now for our Training Programme and start in the classroom this October. You’ll train at our brand new Autumn Institute and start making a difference from day one.

What exactly is Autumn Institute?

Autumn Institute is an exciting, new alternative to our Summer Institute (the initial training all Teach First trainees must complete before starting in school). It’s a chance to get in the classroom quickly, kickstarting your career this year.

You’ll complete five weeks of training from 12 September, then start teaching in a real classroom by the end of October.

During Autumn Institute you’ll:

  • receive high quality training that provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to set you up for success
  • meet your Teach First Development Lead who will support with your training on the programme
  • receive subject specific training.

After completing Autumn Institute, you’ll start in the classroom as part of our 2022 cohort of brilliant teachers and leaders.

You’ll earn a salary from your first day in the classroom and receive ongoing support from your school, Teach First and your university as you work your way towards gaining an internationally recognised teacher qualification.

What you could teach

Right now, our country has a critical shortage of teachers particularly in secondary schools. To make sure all schools and pupils have access to the fantastic teaching staff they deserve, we’re re-opening applications for our 2022 Training Programme.

Our current vacancies for Autumn Institute are only in secondary schools across England, we are not currently recruiting for primary or early years teachers.

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How to apply

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Frequently Asked Questions

A different perspective: Miss Wariraye's story

This is a new approach for us and we’re delighted to support even more brilliant new teachers into the classroom. And to make sure all schools and pupils have access to the fantastic teaching staff they deserve.
Faye Craster,
Director of Teacher Development at Teach First


Earn a competitive salary from day one

You’ll earn from the outset – no fees, no debt. During their first year of the Training Programme, Teach First trainees will be at point two on the unqualified teacher scale if teaching secondary, and point one if teaching primary/ early years. This will then rise in year two to a minimum of point one on the classroom teacher scale. You’ll also receive corporate coaching worth an estimated £900 and a fully-funded teaching qualification.

From September this year starting salaries for teachers will increase by 8.9 per cent.

Gain internationally recognised qualifications

Completing our programme will earn you a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE), worth double the credits of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 99% of people who qualify as teachers with us achieve the top two grades (good or outstanding). You’ll also have the option of completing a master’s degree part-time over a third year.

Because they’re recognised across the world, your qualifications will allow you to teach abroad, too.

Make a difference in the classroom from day one

As soon as the school year kicks off in September you’ll be in the classroom. Not just observing lessons. Actually teaching them. You’ll be helping pupils from the poorest backgrounds reach their full potential. It’s far from your average day job – expect surprises, challenges and an unmatched sense of fulfilment.

Access to rapid career progression opportunities

After completing the Training Programme (and when you’re ready), we’ll help you to step up and lead change at school. This support makes our teachers over seven times more likely to progress to senior leadership roles early in their career than those who train through Higher Education Institution routes. With career progression comes salary progression: middle leaders working outside London can earn up to £40,500 per year, and headteachers can earn upwards of £100,000.

During your training you’ll get the chance to take on work placements with businesses and organisations that support us, opening the door to even more opportunities. You'll also build a solid list of skills in the classroom, setting you up to impress any employer.

Close support from your school and from us

You’ll have a mentor in school you can turn to whenever you need. You'll also have a university tutor to assess your progress. A dedicated Teach First expert will oversee all your training and help with any issues inside or outside the classroom. We’re with you every step of the way.

Join a growing community of graduates and career changers

Join a network of like-minded individuals who understand the potential in all young people, and the challenges that affect their education. At every stage of your career, this community will be on hand to share ideas, offer support or simply have a chat.

Our community is made up of people from many different backgrounds. In 2020, 31% of new trainees joined us from another career, 26% had graduated in the past two years, and 43% came straight from university. Your diversity is your strength: wherever you're coming from, you've got a set of unique skills to bring to the classroom - enabling you to develop as a fantastic teacher.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Portrait of 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
teacher and students outside in the school garden in summertime

Alter the Outcome

I'm really proud of my job, I'm really proud of what I do every day and I'm really glad that I made the decision.
Rachel Arthur,
Assistant Headteacher
Oldham Academy North


Let’s make education fairer

Too many young people aren’t fulfilling their potential at school. We should, and can, do better.

Pupils from poor backgrounds are 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 help break.

The stats are sobering

  • 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.

Unlocking potential

Our challenge is to build an education system in which all young people thrive, regardless of their background. Schools in low income areas are already doing a brilliant job in tough circumstances. We want to support them to keep improving and overcome the barriers they face.

There’s no quick fix. We work with schools for the long term, developing inspiring teachers and effective leaders, and connecting them to networks of support. We started in 2003 and some impressive strides have already been made:

  • We’ve placed more than 10,000 teachers in low income areas positively impacting over 1 million children.
  • Pupils in our partner schools improve their GCSE results by one grade overall.
  • Within two years of partnering with us underperforming school departments improve GCSE results from 9% lower than others in the same school to 16% higher, on average.
  • Our teachers are over seven times more likely to progress to senior leadership positions early in their career than those from other courses.
  • 63% of our former trainees who are still teaching work in schools in low-income areas

Behind every stat are thousands of lives

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers. They’re important and one way we can measure success. But teachers work with people. Every positive statistic represents young lives changed for the better. That’s where the real satisfaction is, giving pupils the chance to fulfil their potential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A different perspective: Izzy's story

Making that real palpable change is why I love being a teacher.
Andrew Campbell,
2015 ambassador and primary teacher

Class of 2020: Ep.1 "Rebuilding"

Alter the Outcome

One thing that really resonated about Teach First was this idea of – ‘let's give opportunities to kids who wouldn't normally have those opportunities’.
Frida Arthur,
Teach First Trainee
Towers School and Sixth Form Centre


Before applying

Please note, if you apply now you will be joining our brand-new Autumn Institute instead of our Summer Institute. But please read on to find out more about your two years on the programme with Teach First.

Make sure you meet our eligibility requirements.  

For help with your application, we recommend you browse our guidance and refer to it throughout the process.  

Frequently Asked Questions

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Summer Institute

Summer Institute is your initial training before you start in the classroom in September - delivered as a combination of in-person and online content. It is designed to equip you with the core skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a teacher.

You’ll be able to complete Summer Institute full-time over five weeks, or part-time over nine weeks to work around your existing commitments.

During Summer Institute you’ll:

  • receive high quality training that provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to set you up for success
  • meet your Teach First Development Lead who will support with your training on the programme
  • receive subject specific training
  • spend time in school practicing lesson planning and teaching pupils

and lots more.

Your first year

From day one you'll be in classroom, starting with 80% of a fully qualified teacher's timetable (60% for Primary and Early Years). Plus, you’ll earn at least the basic salary for an unqualified teacher.

You’ll spend most of your time in school but also attend training days and conferences. You’ll build your knowledge of teaching theory, get more practical training and, no doubt, swap a load of stories with other trainees. Throughout the programme you’ll be supported, trained and assessed by a Teach First expert, a mentor at your school and a university tutor.   

Once you complete your first year on the programme, you’ll have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be part-way to your Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE).

The summer holidays

Take a work placement with one of our supporter organisations such as Accenture, The Bright Ideas Challenge, The Lord Mayor's Appeal and Citi. It’s optional, but there’s lots in it for you.

  • Experience a different sector to help you clarify your career goals.
  • See how leadership skills you’re building in school are valued in other workplaces.
  • Hone those skills so you go back to class an even better teacher.

Your second year

Now an Early Career Teacher (ECT), your salary will go up to at least £25,900. You’ll be teaching a full timetable and may have the opportunity to further build your leadership credentials with 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 you’ll continue towards the successful completion of your PGDE. We’ll still be there supporting you alongside your school and university, through training days, conferences and one-to-one support.

After the Training Programme

Continue progressing at your school, apply for jobs in other schools or explore completely different sectors.

With your PGDE you can work anywhere, at home or abroad, as a teacher. You’ll also be part-way to a master’s degree which you can complete part-time should you choose to over your third year in the classroom.

On top of that, you’ll be a Teach First ambassador and part of our 10,000-strong ambassador network. That means there are thousands of people just like you who’ve been through the programme and are working to create a fairer education system. They’re a close-knit, supportive bunch who are always happy to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A day in the life of a Teach First Trainee

I think a great teacher is someone who really cares about your future. Someone who makes you believe that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Teach First partner school
It's a challenge that I enjoy, because it’s so rewarding to see children starting to believe in the subject, and in themselves again.
Lizzie Pocklington,
Science Teacher, Nottingham Academy

Alter the Outcome

In terms of the career progression I've had, and the experience I've had, it's a superb choice.
David Crosby,
Principal Designate
King's Leadership Academy Bolton


Our trainees teach various subjects in schools throughout England. But schools are in the greatest need of science, maths and computing trainees.

Why you’re needed 
  • At present, 24% of science teachers in the poorest areas don’t have a relevant qualification. 
  • A Royal Society report found that 54% of secondary schools in England don’t offer GCSE Computer Science, largely due to a lack of qualified teachers. 
  • Since 2016, there has been a severe shortage of maths teachers in the UK. 

There’s a critical shortage of STEM teachers in the UK, especially in disadvantaged communities. This means thousands of children are being held back from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.  

You could be at the forefront of change.  

On our Training Programme, you’ll be using your STEM knowledge every day to transform countless lives. You’ll gain skills and connections that last a lifetime. And you’ll have a direct impact on some of the brightest minds of the future who might otherwise be left behind.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher and pupils in a science lesson
Being a computing teacher is such a privilege. It’s a subject that’s progressing so fast, and my students are always eager to embrace the latest possibilities. They’re hungry to take the tools I’ve given them and create something incredible.
William Lau,
2006 Training Programme ambassador

Alter the Outcome

I was looking for two key elements - one was challenge, and one was opportunities, and Teach First provided both of them.
Raza Ali,
Leytonstone School


On our Training Programme, you don’t just train to teach. You train to lead.

Experience world-class leadership development

  • Gain leadership skills as you complete a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE).
  • We have been ranked in the Times Top 100 top 10 graduate employers for more than 10 years.
  • Receive high quality training and support your two years on the programme.
  • Our trainees are more than seven times more likely to progress senior leadership early in their career – many do this with the support of our suite of in-school leadership programmes.
  • Earn a salary as you train, with real responsibility from day one.
  • Join a network of 15,000 trainees, teachers, leaders and ambassadors committed to supporting disadvantaged pupils.

We partner with a range of organisations that are as committed to supporting all pupils to get the education they deserve. Many of our partners give our trainees the opportunity to hone their leadership skills with them during the summer holidays.

Our ambassadors go on to do big things

Over 60% of our ambassadors still work in school, 83 of whom are now headteachers and 416 are in senior leadership roles. Many have also gone on to leave the classroom but continue to support the Teach First mission from a range of different positions. We have ambassadors in business, government and working in other non-profit organisations as well as many who have started their own social enterprises.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I like to see kids achieving something and inspiring them, showing them it can be done.
David Akata,
Maths teacher
A university undergraduate at a Teach First event.

Your journey on our Training Programme

Summer Institute

Your journey towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) begins with some preparation tasks.

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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 opportunity 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.

More about our ambassadors

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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.

More about the Master's

A Teach First teacher.
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Beyond the Training Programme

You’ll have developed skills, earned a world-class qualification (or two) and given pupils the high standard of teaching they deserve.

Homework club

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