Teach First is a charity and highly influential social movement that seeks to address the damage and injustice caused by educational disadvantage. In the UK, the link between low family income and poor educational attainment is stronger than in almost any other developed country.
The organisation trains and supports people with leadership potential to work as teachers in low-income areas. These teachers will go on to make a real difference to the communities that they work in, and empower children to build a future that they may not have believed was possible.
For graduates, Teach First offers an exceptional two-year Leadership Development Programme that includes a PGCE qualification during its first year. In the second year, graduates will study towards a Masters. There is also high quality training, coaching, and networking opportunities available.
There are several variables that impact upon the salary you’ll receive on the Teach First programme. In the first year, you’ll typically be paid the basic salary for an unqualified teacher, increasing to the basic rate for a qualified teacher in the second year. This may be increased though depending on the area you work in and the responsibilities that you take on.
Teach First looks for individuals with intellect, energy, and enthusiasm. A true passion to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children is a prerequisite.
In 2001 a study shows that "great" teachers could improve pupils' marks by up to 40%.