We cannot solve the problem of educational inequality alone.
There are currently 38 ambassador-led social enterprises focusing on a diverse range of areas including literacy provision, skills for working life, support for pupils at risk of exclusion, and the recruitment and training of children's social workers. But they all started with an idea that was developed in a school, by a teacher, based on their daily experience of working with young people.
Each year we work in partnership with a small number of these social enterprises which we believe will make the most difference to the lives of young people from low-income communities in the UK. Through a tailored package of support and advice, we work with them to help accelerate their growth and impact.
How you can get involved
Generate new ideas
You are the 'problem and idea' stage of innovation. Sign up to find out about Innovation Series events in your area, to help you focus on the problem, build a team, develop solutions and launch new projects to address educational inequality.
Help with your idea
You are at the ‘testing and establishing’ stage. View online resources and attend an Innovation Booster to help with the practicalities of setting up. Or apply for our Innovation Award to win funding and support.
Growing your social enterprise
You are at the ‘sustaining and scaling-up’ stage.We provide tailored support to social enterprises. See who our Innovation Partners are this year, and find out about the application process.
The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation and Bloomberg.