Teach First

Building a movement for change

Jamie's Farm

We believe that to tackle educational inequality we need leaders working across all sectors of society to inspire a movement for change.

After our participants have spent two years in the classroom, they continue to work hard to make a difference to the lives of thousands of young people up and down the UK. Many of our ambassadors choose to remain in the teaching profession while others have gone on to tackle the problem in the wider education system, government and the third sector.

By working in collaboration with others who share our vision, they all strive to have a positive impact and lead change across the education system, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom.  

Many of our ambassadors (those who have completed our Leadership Development Programme) stay in teaching, often progressing into positions of leadership within schools. Around two-thirds of participants stay in teaching for a third year, and over half have remained in teaching for the long term since 2003.

Across all nine cohorts who have completed our Leadership Development Programme, 70% of the total number of ambassadors have remained working in education, with 54% of the total number still teaching in UK classrooms; 71% of which are at Teach First eligible schools. Find out more about how many of our teachers stay in the classroom.

Polly Weddle

Polly Weddle explains more about what our ambassadors are doing.

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For those that continue to address the vision from outside the classroom, they do this from across all sectors, whether in policy or government, the third sector, or in business.   

Through their own connections and opportunities to share knowledge, lots of them are also developing the interventions we desperately need to change the reality of education in the UK.

In fact, there are now 38 ambassador-led social enterprises all working to address education issues in the UK and internationally.

Today we have more than 5,600 Teach First ambassadors and by 2022, there will be over 17,000. This is a powerful network for change.