Improving education for young people from poorer backgrounds


At Teach First our vision is that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. A child’s background can limit what they are likely to achieve in education and life. We empower people to change this inequality. Millions of British children live in poverty. Only one in three is likely to achieve basic school grades. We refuse to accept that disadvantage determines destiny we empower people to change the lives of children from low-income backgrounds. We are building a movement of leaders committed to ending educational inequality. Teach First started working in the West Midlands ten years ago. Since then we’ve trained more than 1,000 teachers and placed them in over 260 schools. In Wolverhampton right now, there are 28 Teach First teachers working in 11 schools. It only takes one brilliant teacher to change a child’s life. Beyond our flagship Leadership Development Programme, and as a charity, Teach First works in partnership with businesses, trusts, foundations, philanthropists and individuals to develop and deliver a wide range of other programmes and ideas to make education fair. We’re also developing programmes to strengthen school leadership teams to create supportive environments in which teachers and students can thrive. Ultimately, all our work is aimed at improving education for poorer young people in five critical areas.

These are our Fair Education Impact Goals:

  • Literacy and numeracy in primary schools
  • GCSE grades in secondary school
  • Developing skills that help them achieve their ambitions after school
  • Increasing the number going into further and higher education
  • Increasing the number graduating from top universities

What we can offer you:

  • Training Programmes
  • Signposting
  • Progression opportunities

We know that a school can provide the right environment to ensure a child’s success is not limited by their socio-economic background and we have been privileged to work in partnership with hundreds of schools. Together we are building a movement of leaders in classrooms, schools and across society to end educational inequality. A key element of our work is to train and support people with leadership potential to become inspirational teachers in schools facing the greatest challenges. These teachers work with and learn from existing staff to improve the attainment and aspirations of pupils. This encourages young people to believe in themselves, empowering them to build a future they may never have thought possible.

We work with schools whose eligibility is determined by a points system that combines not only economic deprivation amongst pupils but also the local achievement gap between poorer children and their wealthier peers. Our two-year Leadership Development Programme provides world-class teacher and leadership training for people who are passionate about giving children from the poorest backgrounds a great education. The programme was developed with leading schools and universities and was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 41 out of 48 categories following our latest inspection. With support from mentors and tutors, our teachers continue to train during their two years in the classroom, working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education(PGDE) – which fully integrates teacher training with leadership development – to achieve qualified teacher status.

We will work with you to identify your school’s requirements and then closely match a trainee based on their skills and experience to ensure you get the right person to fill your vacancy. We will support you in preparation for the new school year and be on hand throughout the partnership to ensure that things are going well.

There are a number of other ways that we can partner to support your school and work together to overcome the obstacles that your pupils face.

Wider School Partnership Opportunities: Beyond the LDP, we have been involved in a number of other initiatives that are designed to close the achievement and attainment gap between young people. We have led on some of these ourselves, and have also collaborated with several partner organisations who share our vision. Opportunities range from leading professionals and public figures delivering a guest lesson in your school, to recruitment support for governors. The Enhanced School Partnership brings these, and many more exciting opportunities together.

School Forums:

Our partner schools play an active and strategic role in the continuous improvement of the LDP and development of our school partnerships. You will have the opportunity to join a School Forum in your Local Area that will include headteachers, mentors, university partners and members of our team.

To find out more about partnership please contact westmidlands@teachfirst.org.uk or read more at teachfirst.org.uk/partnership

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