Press Release

31 January 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University's 'outstanding' Faculty of Education has once again secured a leading role in the Teach First programme with the award of the role of Lead Regional Provider for London and the South East.

Teach First is an independent education charity that partners with some of the country’s leading universities to train the next generation of inspirational primary and secondary school teachers.

The University’s Faculty of Education secured its position to continue to work with the charity by following a competitive process led by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and Teach First.

William Stow, Head of Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education at the University, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our work with Teach First as Lead Regional Provider.

“Canterbury Christ Church University’s teacher training programmes are recognised as some of the best in the country, with our Faculty of Education recently rated ‘outstanding’ in an Ofsted inspection. The Ofsted report in particular commended us on our many routes into teaching, innovative programmes, excellent leadership and support given to trainees and our work with external partnerships.

“We have worked with Teach First since its inception in 2002, initially as the sole provider with the first cohort of participants in 2003. Since then we have helped over 1000 young graduates become first class, inspirational teachers and leaders in education whose work has a proven impact on the achievement and aspirations of pupils in some of the most challenging and complex schools in London. We look forward to working with many more future teachers in London and the South East.”

Across England 14 universities have been chosen to work in partnership with Teach First. Amanda Timberg, Director of Leadership Development at Teach First, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with these 14 exceptional and highly regarded ITT providers.

“Teach First’s training must be of the highest possible standard to make sure we get the very best out of our teachers, helping them to develop the skills to unlock the potential and raise the aspirations of their students, enabling them to achieve regardless of their circumstances”.

For the London region Canterbury Christ Church University (Secondary) will be Lead Regional Provider. The Institute of Education, University of London (Secondary and Primary) and King's College London (Secondary) will also work in partnership with Teach First for the region. The new contract will run until August 2014.

Notes to Editor

  • Teach First is an independent charity which works to improve the life chances of children from the most deprived backgrounds. In the short term it does this by recruiting exceptional graduates to teach and lead in schools in challenging circumstances across the country. In the long term Teach First is creating a movement of leaders who are committed to influencing systemic change in education, from both inside and outside the classroom.
  • The two-year Teach First Leadership Development Programme combines working, training and qualifying as a teacher with leadership development training, coaching and mentoring. Participants teach in schools in challenging circumstances for a minimum of two years and, during that time, work with pupils to raise their achievement, access to opportunity and aspirations. For more information visit:

 Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.



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