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Exceptional graduates take part in Teach First

18 August 2008

High flying graduates attended Canterbury Christ Church University to take part in Teach First this summer.

Teach First is an exciting programme which aims to deliver highly committed and inspirational teachers for challenging inner city schools.

The graduates underwent an intensive teacher training course at Canterbury Christ Church University before they begin teaching in classrooms around London, Manchester and the Midlands in September 2008.

The students will receive additional evening training and classroom support from their University tutors throughout the first year, giving the participants qualified teacher status, endorsed by the Teaching and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

 In their second year, they will receive training and mentoring from one of Teach First’s corporate sponsors.  The trainees will commit themselves to two years in the classroom, before choosing either to stay in schools or to seek a fast track career in another sector.

Dean of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Education, Dr John Moss, said: “Teach First targets and trains talented undergraduates who wouldn’t normally think of teaching.  This will increase the pool of talent coming into the teaching profession and help schools recruit additional quality teachers.”

Chief Executive of Teach First, Brett Wigdortz, said: “Teach First is a charitable education-business partnership that transforms exceptional graduates into inspirational teachers, placing them into challenging London secondary schools where they are needed most.  Whilst raising pupil aspirations and achievements through innovation and resourcefulness, Teach First teachers gain the experience, qualifications, training and networks required to become a new generation of leaders both inside and outside of education.”

Notes to Editor

If you would like an interview with Dr John Moss or Brett Wigdortz, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.

Teacher training at Canterbury Christ Church University
Education has been at the core of Canterbury Christ Church University’s provision since its foundation in 1962. The Faculty of Education has experienced an enormous growth of programmes from initial teacher training to higher degrees encompassing all phases of education. Moreover, the University has been acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading provider of teacher training and development. Its growth and reputation has been sustained through periods of national change. For more information on the various routes into teaching, log on to
Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

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