Teach First

Education & Teaching | Further Education

Did you know that the link between low socio-economic background and poor educational attainment is greater in the UK than almost any other developed country?

If you grow up in a low-income community, you won’t have the same chances in life as your wealthier neighbours. It’s one of the UK’s biggest social injustices. We want to change this, and are working towards a day when no child’s success is limited by their socio-economic background.

Research shows that high quality teaching and leadership can make a huge difference to educational attainment and the life chances of young people. So we are building a movement of leaders to inspire young people from the poorest backgrounds to achieve their full potential. We do this by supporting people like you to become influential leaders across all sectors through our Leadership Development Programme.

We offer a two-year, paid programme based on global best practice and research. Participants receive world-class teaching and leadership training leading to a fully-funded Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE). It also includes the option to top up the PGDE to a Master’s degree that is specifically designed to further develop your effectiveness as a leader and a teacher.

Being part of our Leadership Development Programme will also give you access to some of the most influential organisations and experts in the professional world – a diverse range of connections who share a commitment to ending educational inequality and value the skills and experiences that our participants gain through the programme.

Teach First participants come from a multitude of backgrounds and have different plans for the future. But all have one thing in common: they join Teach First to be part of a movement that changes lives within classrooms, schools and across society.

Taster Programme

Applications are open for our Taster Programme running from 9 - 10 January 2019.

Insight Programme

We are now closed for applications for our last Insight Programme of the year. The next internships are due to run in 2019. If you are interested in a part-time, paid role with Teach First at your university, read more about our brand ambassador scheme below.

Don’t forget to cite Bright Network on your Teach First application form, they’re keen to hear from our members.

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