Frustrated with educational inequality in the UK?
The Innovation Series is 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 in a 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
- Who are participants on our Leadership Development Programme (second-years only), our ambassadors, or who are completely new to our work – we're looking for a wide range of perspectives and ideas.
Applications for this year's Innovation Series are open now! Please apply here
Deadline: 28 July
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Why apply for an Innovation Series near you?
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.
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.
It's free of charge
Not just that, if your application is successful we'll cover most of your costs for the training days including meals and some of your travel expenses.
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 in a team and you don’t have to be a teacher to apply.
You’ll meet interesting, like-minded people from education, business and other backgrounds, who will share your journey and support you along the way.
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 the Innovation Series?
Martha took part in the Innovation Series in the South East in 2015. She was frustrated by observing low levels of self-control affecting her pupils' wellbeing and academic attainment. Through the Innovation Series, she was supported to pilot a solution, Mindful Music, which teaches children self-control to develop behaviour for learning that leads to improved academic attainment and wellbeing. After evaluating her pilot at the end of the Innovation Series, she was supported to enter the 2015 Teach First Innovation Award. Mindful Music won the Award in September 2015.
Thanks to the intense Award support programme and the £15,000 grant, Martha has been able to establish Mindful Music as a social enterprise and impact hundreds of young people.
The Teach First Innovation Unit is supported by Bloomberg LP.