A community of ambassadors and friends within the company who aim to address social mobility issues at the intersection of business and education.
By working with staff and students from Teach First schools in challenging circumstances, they provide experiences supporting their development, and bringing together passionate people to drive engagement and awareness of key issues affecting students.
This network is united by its goal to help the business community have a positive impact on education across the UK. It’s open to any Teach First ambassador working in business, and will inspire and support you to set up new networks within your company. This network is led by
Freddie Thomlinson (Accenture) and Leo Sutton (Deloitte).
ACT's aim is to create an engaged, social, and supportive teacher community in Calderdale. Set up by ambassadors in Calderdale, this network fulfils this aim through social media content, Teach Meets, and relevant CPD.
Email them at ACTCalderdale@gmail.com.
Active in the Yorkshire and the Humber.
BRDIGE is a Yorkshire-based Meet-Up. They aim to connect and support teachers and trainees in the area, offering a space for them to come together to share their experiences. If you're a trainee or ambassador in the area, the network would love to hear from you!
Active in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Be Bold Computing Network is a place to support current or soon-to-be computing teachers nationally. Members will find support with their planning, high-quality teaching resources and a place to share ideas and best practice.
This network is ideal for:
- teachers who have found themselves teaching computing in their schools (and are non-specialists)
- computing teachers looking to connect and develop with others in the community
- any trainee computing teachers
The Be Bold Maths network is a national network supporting maths teachers throughout England and Wales. Created by maths teachers excited by research-informed practice, the network supports each other to excel. They produce blogs and run webinars.
BEACH aims to gather teachers in and around Blackpool to learn from the wider community. The group is geared towards making a positive impact in their local area, supporting both new and current practitioners alongside the odd social event!
Active in the North West region.
Bradford Impact Group offers support to Bradford teachers and trainees socially, professionally and in the early stages of their career. This network, set up by Bradford-based ambassadors, aims to welcome and unite teachers in our local community through events such as social events, Teach Meets and panel discussions.
Active in Yorkshire and the Humber.
CHEERS (Community for Higher Education Educators Researchers and Supporters) is a supportive network of Teach First ambassadors working in the Higher Education (HE) sector, in whatever capacity.
The Teach First Civil Service Network is passionate about influencing the education system. It raises awareness of social mobility within government departments, supports consistency and quality of schools’ outreach work, and helps ambassadors in the Civil Service to become school governors.
With support from the Cabinet Office's school outreach team, they are aligning activity across departments. This has huge potential for connecting policy decision-makers, advisors and party members with teachers, schools and pupils. And it brings great opportunities for discussion, debate, collaboration and changes in the system!
They host quarterly speaking events (a great way to showcase your work) and send out a fortnightly newsletter.
This network is only open to Teach First ambassadors.
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ConnectEd Cymru is a network founded by Teach First Cymru ambassadors who strongly believe that every child, no matter their background, should have an equal opportunity to succeed.
Embedding Equity in Education is at the heart of everything we do within our local outreach work and events to connect and support educators in Wales.
The Curriculum & Assessment Network is based on the belief that all pupils should be entitled to a curriculum that leads to an empowered future. This network is mainly for subject or senior leaders who are interested in curriculum development, looking to connect with others on this area of work and share best practices.
Ambassadors within Deloitte come together to take action on educational inequality. New ambassadors are welcomed, and they support networking for ambassadors across the organisation.
The network is led by Leo Sutton, Freddie Frieman and Kitty Benzecry.
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The DfE Teachers Network aims to build connections between ex-teachers within the department and bridge the gap between DfE and the classroom.
They do this through termly speaker events and connections between policy makers and practicing teachers when opportunities arise.
Early Insights was co-founded by alumni from Teach First, Teach for America and Teach for India. The community is open to everyone in, or interested in, early childhood education.
The East Midlands Impact Circle is the participant and ambassador network for educational impact in the East Midlands. Focussing on cross-subject CPD, peer-support and community projects.
EdConnect is a grassroots network for Early Career Teachers, who believe that early career teachers should be able to thrive, not just survive. They provide you with support including membership into a local hub so that you can collaborate with other local early career teachers. EdConnect also gives you access to events to enhance your employability, the member’s area on their website, and much more!
This network is led by ambassadors in London who are passionate about sharing best practice across Primary & Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Originally started in 2015 and formally known as the Primary Network, the group broadened their focus in July 2019 to include Early Years. This network aims are to show the best teaching practice through filming lessons, school visits and twilight debates and opportunities to develop teachers.
With over 90 ambassador Headteachers spread across the country, this network helps members connect, provide peer support and development, drive school improvement and make positive change in tackling educational inequality.
Its members come together for residentials. Attend one and you’ll get high-quality professional development, support and challenges, as well as the chance to build strong relationships with your peers.
Members also visit one another’s schools to see best practice in action and the network has an active WhatsApp group designed to be a quick way of solving problems on the job.
The network is led by ambassador Chairs Dennis Simms and Ben Keely.
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HeadStart NE is an ambassador-led Summer School, which supports disadvantaged pupils in the North East through tackling summer learning loss and holiday hunger.
This targeted, week-long programme of intensive academic tuition gives local pupils a head start in their crucial GCSE year, as well as providing them with breakfast and a hot lunch.
The summer school relies on the support of volunteer teachers – if you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch on Twitter.
Active in the North East region.
A local Teach First Meet-Up - a space to connect with your local Teach First community, for support and collaboration in and around Hull and North Humber.
This community offers great support from a motivated peer network. Its members are charities and social enterprises (whether well-established, growing or emerging) that are founded or led by Teach First ambassadors.
It includes some of the most innovative and impactful interventions tackling educational inequality today, including:
- The MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher Project (MTPT)
- Jamie’s Farm
- The Access Project
- The Brilliant Club
- First Story
- Right to Succeed
- Literacy Pirates
- Yes Futures
The community encourages collaboration and shares best practice.
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Inspiration SEND has the primary aim of improving outcomes for pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They recognise that those working with children and young people with SEND need the knowledge and expertise to be able to do this effectively. The network is designed to support the professional development of its members through a blended approach of events and e-communications.
This is a community-led network, enabling ambassadors to share international experiences and perspectives. They exist to support each other with challenges, help each other progress and inspire each other to have an impact around the world. United by the Teach First mission, the network is open to all ambassadors, wherever you’re based. They also host termly webinars.
Check out their website.
A local Teach First Meet-Up - a space to connect with your local Teach First community, for support and collaboration in and around Leeds.
LGBTed is a network of LGBT+ teachers and leaders, helping teachers to be authentic in schools, colleges and universities and working to increase LGBT+ visibility in our education system. Teach First is proudly partnering with them to support their work.
They are national, but now have local hubs - some of which are led by Teach First ambassadors. Look out for their mentoring programmes, annual conferences and Pride events.
Sign up here.
The Manchester Teacher Network is an online teacher-led group sharing best practice and signposting to networking opportunities for teachers from all training routes in the Greater Manchester area.
This network was founded in March 2020 with the vision of inspiring the next generation of young men to take up what they believe to be the best job in the world.
Matt and Mike, primary teachers in the same school in Hertfordshire, strongly believe that great teachers are great teachers irrespective of gender. However, they are dedicated to improving the current imbalance that exists where only 15% of the primary workforce are men.
They have written for TES.com, set up a blog showcasing the unique and motivating stories of male teachers across the country, a mentoring scheme in collaboration with EduMentoring and a regular online educational chat discussing the big topics of the day.
MFL London Network brings language teachers together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of language teaching in post-Brexit Britain, and to share best practice. Their reach on Twitter has seen them secure sponsorship from Amazon, the British Council and HarperCollins.
The teacher support network aims to go national, by making all events accessible online. It’s recruiting for a new committee to take them to this next stage, so it’s a great time to get involved.
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The Muslim Faith Network is a space for trainees and ambassadors to come together and connect over faith. Started in 2019, this is currently a small group who connect online to share experiences, give advice and act as a support group. They have big aims to host events, support in diversifying recruitment in education and engaging with the wider community on the Muslim faith.
Open to trainees and ambassadors.
The National Schools Forum is a diverse group Headteachers of Teach First Partner Schools from across the UK. It brings together the expertise of school leaders across phases, geographies and governance structures to represent the voice of the school community and to make sure Teach First is led by the needs of schools.
It devises solutions to the key issues that affect our schools’ ability to improve. It enables school leaders from all regions to network and share good practice. The network was established in June 2016 by Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of Mulberry Schools Trust and meets twice a year.
All members sit on their Local School Forums so what’s happening locally is connected to a national level – to galvanise action by schools, Teach First and others. The Chair of the forum is Anna Hennell James, CEO of Orwell Multi Academy Trust, Suffolk and Vice- Chair is Jason Ashley, Head teacher at Redbridge Community School, Southampton.
Membership is by invitation.
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NetworkED East Midlands organises networking, CPD, and collaboration opportunities for those involved in education across the region.
North East Community Projects is a network of teachers aiming to implement education projects across the North East. They also promote existing projects and support collaboration between schools, for the benefit of their local communities.
The North East Policy Network aims to bring together like-minded people to discuss, debate and share best practice around key issues faced in their region. Join them and their guest speakers, to discuss how to build a fair education for all pupils in the North East.
A network for Personal Development Leads within the North West to come together to share resources, ideas and talk about all things related to student personal development.
A local Teach First Meet-Up - a space to connect with your local Teach First community, for support and collaboration in and around Pontefract/Wakefield (Yorkshire and the Humber.)
This community of ambassadors and friends from PwC aims to addresses social mobility issues where business and education meet. They welcome new ambassadors and support networking for ambassadors across the organisation.
This network is led by Ruth Khaw.
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Regional School Forums are regionally-run networks of local school leaders. They are an opportunity for headteachers of our partner schools to feedback on Teach First's work at a regional and national level, collectively working towards building a fair education for all children.
They're a great way for schools to network, share good practice and resources, and contribute to a self-improving system. The networks are managed by regional teams.
Find out more by speaking to your school partnerships contact.
A place for teachers in rural settings to connect and support each other, sharing ideas and insights in a positive space.
Science in Practice is a London-based network looking at how to promote expertise in science. It is space for science teachers to come together, practice lessons, experiments and ensure they are addressing misconceptions in the subject. It is an informal place for teachers to learn from each other, share resources, plan together and feel empowered.
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SIGNET is the Scunthorpe, Immingham and Grimsby Network. This ambassador-led meet-up is open to all those from the Teach First community based in the area.
The SLT Network supports the development of aspiring and current senior leaders in schools. Formed in 2018 by Teach First ambassadors in London, it hosts school visit events and practical CPD. The network is run by assistant and deputy headteachers from different training routes, including Teach First.
Sign up to their newsletter.
The Shared Headship Network offers invaluable support to professionals looking to share headship – with anything from networking opportunities, practical job application support and even coaching.
It was formed by Teach First ambassadors in London as a reaction to the growing challenge of teacher recruitment, retention and lack of headteachers. It’s led by four Teach First ambassadors in senior leadership roles who all work three or four days a week.
There’s lots to get involved in. The Shared Headship Network’s aims include growing its membership, placing five to ten leadership job shares and developing a pilot training and matching program with up to two London boroughs.
ShEF is a meet-up group for teachers offering social and professional support to educators at all points of their career, based in the city. The group aims to connect teachers across all Key Stages and provide a platform to share research-informed practice.
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This Facebook group is a place for Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
Teach First LGBTQI+ is a place for trainees and ambassadors to come together online and connect. A casual space to chat about LGBTQI+ issues relating to Teach First or teaching in general - potentially with a mind to setting up a more formal network or organisation.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors who changed careers to become a teacher can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
The TF Careers Network is run by and supports ambassadors of Teach First's Careers Leader Programme. The network organises live panel and discussion events for those interested in career education to connect and engage. Careers Leader Programme ambassadors work regionally to support those just finishing the programme to implement their careers strategy and build strong regional connections.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors who have a disability can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors from our LGBT+ community can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors who share faith can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors who are neurodiverse can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
This Facebook group is a place where Teach First trainees, programme members and ambassadors who are parents or carers can find each other, share interesting content and reach out for peer support.
A group where members of the Teach First community in the Lincolnshire area can socialise and connect.
Tools For Thought is a national network for those who are passionate about developing and hosting preventative mental health workshops that empower young people to manage their mental health.
We believe that managing well-being needs to be taught, not just advised, so that young people can achieve their full personal and academic potential.
Check out their website.
A network for science teachers in the West Midlands, connecting professionals across the region. Encouraging collaboration, conversation and peer support, this network is ideal for those seeking regular opportunities for chat and networking.
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The West Midlands Teacher Network aims to provide both a professional and social support network for Teach First programme members and ambassadors in the West Midlands, through a mix of online and in-person activity.
A group where members of the Teach First community in and around Wolverhampton can socialise and connect.
No nonsense psychological support and education for teachers. We offer professional supervision to support your personal, professional development.
Upcoming network events
Heads Forward network
When David landed his first headship role, he was overwhelmed. Thanks to the support and resources of the Heads Forward network, he's learning to thrive.
The Pastoral Network
The mental health and wellbeing of pupils is a top priority as schools rebuild from COVID-19. During lockdown, the Pastoral Network was founded to support this.