Teach First

Helping pupils excel

Education changes lives. Teach First was set up more than 20 years ago to help schools in disadvantaged areas give their students the chance to succeed. Schools with a high proportion of pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) have a higher teacher leaving rate and a larger number of staff vacancies. Teach First trains teachers and develops school leaders in such schools so that their students can excel.

Access to opportunity matters to us. We have awarded Teach First a grant of £200,000 towards their core costs. £100,000 is earmarked for teacher training and will help Teach First train more than 220 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers in London schools. The grant will also support their work with school leaders in London, benefitting more than 42,500 children and young people in the capital.

  • Teach First has trained more than 17,000 teachers so far.
  • One in four teachers in disadvantaged schools are trained through Teach First.
  • Teach First reaches over one million children a year.

“Many of the schools in which Teach First has placed teachers have improved markedly. Headteachers of these schools are convinced that Teach First has been one of the crucial elements of that improvement.”

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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