Teach First

Our impact

Our impact

In the UK, the street you grow up on can determine your whole future. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. We believe that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have the right to an equal chance in life. Over the past decade we have been working to close the gap, helping to ensure no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background.

There is more to do but we’ve contributed towards significant progress.

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Schools in London, where we’ve placed 3,000 teachers since 2003, have moved from being the lowest performing in England, to the highest performing. 

Independent studies from the University of Manchester and the Institute of Education show that our teachers are improving GCSE results of pupils across the UK. 

80% of pupils on our Futures programme progress to Higher Education – compared to 17% of students from low-income backgrounds nationally.

Since placing our first cohort in London in 2003, we have recruited nearly 7,000 teachers and now partner with schools serving low-income communities in every region of England and in Wales. These teachers have now taught more than 1 million pupils in low income communities across the breadth of England and Wales.  

Teaching in low-income communities is now the second most prestigious career choice for the country’s top graduates.

Last year 99% of our teachers completing their first year achieved 'outstanding' or 'good' in their qualified teacher status grade.

Our training was graded ‘outstanding’ in every one of the 44 categories assessed in our last Ofsted inspection. 

One of [Teach First’s] biggest contributions has been to detoxify teaching for Britain’s most talented graduates… Ten years ago relatively few high-achieving graduates sought out careers in teaching. Now they are fighting to get onto Teach First and other routes.”

(Professor Chris Husbands, Institute of Education)


Our 3,500 ambassadors are leading change in and out of the classroom. This community includes 14 headteachers and 550 middle and senior school leaders.

58% of those who have completed our programme since 2003 have remained in teaching, with two-thirds in schools serving low-income communities.

There are currently 38 ambassador-led social enterprises focusing on a range of areas including literacy provision and support for pupils at risk of exclusion.