Teach First

How we support young people

Our Futures programme supports and inspires sixth-form pupils from low-income communities to make informed decisions about studying at university. We focus on helping them understand which university is right for them, how they will get there, and give them the confidence to make the most ambitious choices about their future.

Become a Futures mentor

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We’re currently looking for enthusiastic, caring individuals with a genuine interest in supporting young people to become Futures Mentors. You will guide and support two sixth-form pupils to make choices about their future so they can make high-quality, well-informed university applications.

Futures mentors must currently be from the Teach First community – ambassadors, participants, partners or employees.

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Read mentors' experiences – Andreas | Daniel | Jim | Sarah

We’re recruiting mentors until 24 April 2017.

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As a mentor you will:
  • Spend time working with two inspirational young people from your area.
  • Develop your own coaching, communication and organisation skills.
  • Have a rewarding experience helping to address inequality in education.
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Working with schools

The Futures programme is for young people from groups traditionally under-represented at university. This includes pupils with parents who have not attended university, or those who have claimed Free School Meals. These young people have the academic potential to go to university but may lack the confidence, knowledge or support to get there.

Teach First gives young people access to opportunities that will help inform their decisions, including university day trips and a four day residential Easter School at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. We also match them with a mentor who will guide them through the process of making a well-informed and high-quality university application. For more information or to find out if your school is eligible, please email the team.

The Futures programme's Principal Partner is the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation. The programme is also supported by Prudential, Barclays, City of London Corporation, University of Cambridge, Mishcon de Reya and the AKO Foundation.

Oxbridge Support

For students on Futures that are considering applying to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, we offer an additional programme of support which includes a trip to the University of Oxford, workshops and e-mentoring support to help them through admissions tests and interviews.

We run this programme in partnership with Enjoy Education, Oxbridge Interviews and The Access Project.