Our culture

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We live by our principles. They underpin our culture and identity. And inform everything we do as we fight against educational inequality.

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With a strong sense of who we are and what we stand for, we’re confident we’ll succeed in our mission to build a fair education for all.

What we think about culture

Our work takes us where the challenge is greatest, and so does our culture

In fact, one of our biggest strengths is our range of views. It can mean we disagree sometimes, and that can be uncomfortable. But like all good teams, we’ve got each other’s backs, we stay focused, and we learn as we go. That’s how we’ll get the best out of each other, so we can work towards educational equality and build a fair education for all.

There is a positive, can-do culture. I feel trusted, empowered, can use my judgement, be me.
Teach First employee
From our employee survey

Our principles

We speak up

We’re open, honest and transparent. We speak our mind and expect the same from others.

We take ownership

We don’t wait for permission; we get things done. We move quickly and learn as we go.

We trust each other

We trust and enable each other to make good decisions through simplicity and clarity.

We are focused

We concentrate on where we make the most difference.

We are present

We seek to understand the experience of those we work with and for.

We succeed together

We are one charity. We help each other succeed.

Spotted the tensions between some of our principles? Yes, sometimes we’ll need to talk these tensions through, to find the right balance between challenge, freedom and responsibility.

We’re working together to create an environment where we feel safe and able to do this.


The best thing is that employees feel trusted to take ownership over their own time and objectives.
Teach First employee
From our employee survey
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