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Frustrated with educational inequality in the UK?


Innovation Series are for people who have identified a problem in education which they want to solve, but who do not yet have a fully developed solution.

You will be supported to learn more about the problem, generate new ideas to solve it and pilot the best idea to determine if it makes a difference. 

You can apply to take part in an Innovation Series as an individual or team. You don’t have to be a teacher, or a Teach First ambassador to apply. We are looking for people:

  • Who have identified a problem in education they are passionate about solving (you don’t need to have the solution yet!)
  • Who are committed to taking part in all five events which take place as part of the Series and working on their project in between over the academic year.
  • Who are either second-year participants on the Leadership Development Programme (LDP), Teach First ambassadors or people who haven’t done our programme but are passionate about developing new solutions to educational inequality (you can’t apply if you’re on your first year on the LDP)


The 8 stages of an Innovation Series

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APPLICATION Tell us about the problem you want to solve

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PROBLEM Understand the problem you are trying to solve

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IDEAS Generate solutions using innovation techniques

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DEVELOPMENT Create pilot and evaluation plans

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PITCH Present at Dragons' Den for the Innovation fund

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PILOT Deliver & measure the impact of your pilot with support from a mentor

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ANALYSIS & EVALUATION Reflect on pilot, analyse results, plan next steps

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APPLY TO AWARD Progress your idea by applying to our Innovation Award (optional)

Applications for Innovation Series in
2016 have now closed.

Applications for next year will open in summer 2017, with the Series starting in September 2017 running through to June 2018. To receive more information, please email us


Why apply for an Innovation Series near you?

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Win funding

Once you’ve developed a solid idea, you’ll get the chance to pitch in a friendly Dragons’ Den to win funding to help you to pilot your idea.

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Test an idea

Innovation Series are all about problem-solving through creating and doing, rather than simply discussing. We’ll help you analyse the problem, build your idea and test it over the year.

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It's free of charge

Not just that, if your application is successful we'll cover your costs for the training days including meals and some travel expenses.

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Anyone can apply

Educational inequality is complex, and needs people from different sectors and walks of life to collaborate on solutions. You can apply as an individual or a team and you don’t have to be a teacher to apply.

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Build networks

You’ll meet interesting, like-minded people from education, business and other backgrounds, who will share your journey and support you along the way.

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Receive mentoring

You’ll receive advice and mentoring about how to generate ideas, plan your pilot, evaluate your pilot and much more over the course of the Series.

What happens after an Innovation Series?

The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by Bloomberg LP.