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Teach First 2017 Innovation Award

Applications now closed

Our hunt for the next big idea to ensure that no child's educational success is determined by their background has reached the next stage. Applications are now closed for this year's Innovation Award, and judging is underway to find out who will be joining previous winners of the Award. Our shortlising panel have narrowed the entrants down to the final ten ideas, which will be brought before our final judging panel to compete for this year's prize.

Vote for the idea you think most deserves the Community Choice Award!

It’s now up to you to decide who should win the Community Choice Award 2017! Find out who the ten Innovation Award Finalists are by watching their videos and voting for your favourite. The Finalist with the most votes will be crowned the Community Choice Award winner at the Innovation Award Final on Thursday 30 March, and will win £500 in prize money to develop their idea. Voting closes on Wednesday 29 March, so make sure you cast your vote before then.

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What winning has meant for me…

One of last year’s winners was Kate Shelley of Tales Toolkit. Find out what winning the award has meant for Kate:



The five winners will:

Be placed on our Innovation Incubator

Receive £15,000 for a six-month salary

Get desk space in our Innovation Hub

Get professional advice in many areas

Be endorsed by Teach First

Join our social enterprise networks

What winning has meant for me….   

Innovation Award winner

"Two things separate the Innovation Unit from other incubators. The first is the quality of the team who run it - they are the best at what they do, meaning that you get individual rather than 'one size fits all' support. The second is the quality of that support - Teach First's reputation means that you get support from experts. I've worked with leading public speaking trainers, senior Bloomberg sales executives, accountants and lawyers. Their support has been invaluable." Matt Hood – Institute for Advanced Teaching

The support you will receive

There is a huge amount of expert support available to our award winners. This document gives you more detail on the key dates of the Incubator sessions for the Award Winners. Mark your diaries!

Application timeline

3 October: Innovation Award applications open.
17 November: Innovation Award application launch - workshops and personalised support to help you develop your application and network with supporters.
8 January: Deadline for Innovation Award applications.
15 and 16 February: Up to 20 shortlisted ideas pitch to the Innovation shortlisting team; up to 10 finalists selected.
7 and 8 March: Up to 10 finalists pitch at the final judging panel.
7 March to 29 March: 60 second videos of finalists showcased on our website for the Community Choice Award.
30 March: Finalists attend the Innovation Award launch. Up to five Award winners announced at the event.
1 April: Award winners package of support begins.

Please read our terms and conditions.

The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by Bloomberg LP.

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