Selection & training overview
Selection for the Teach First training programme is very competitive and includes a rigorous assessment process aimed at identifying not only academic ability but the level of the applicant's commitment to teaching, and the Teach First mission. Typically, participants are expected to begin the programme with at least a 2:1 degree in their teaching subject (or closely related) and are required to complete a 'Subject Knowledge Audit', which is assessed by university tutors. All prospective candidates apply to Teach First directly, and online, in the first instance.
An intensive six-week 'Summer Institute', which focuses on the essentials of teaching theory and practice, including pedagogy and personalised learning.
From September Teach First participants work full-time in school, following an employment-based training route. Training is provided by school-based mentors, supported by University tutors who visit the schools regularly and run specialist training days at various times in the year. Participants achieve QTS and a PGCE at the end of the first academic year.
Leadership training: during a participant's second year in schools, a structured programme of leadership training is delivered to prepare participants for senior positions: whether in education, politics or business.
Masters-level work is integrated into the training programme so after the two mandatory years of the Teach First programme, participants are well on the way to completing an MA in Education Leadership.