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Making a difference
where it’s needed most

For nearly 20 years we've been helping schools build a fair education for all.

Together we’re creating the results we all want to see: every child reaching their potential. In the classroom, in work, and in life.

For nearly 20 years – and with the generous backing of our supporters – we’ve been helping schools build a fair education for all.
By developing the next generation of great teachers and brilliant leaders.
And by growing a powerful network of talented people committed to change.

Elisha's story

We’ve been working with Teach First for seven years. The difference they make is huge.
Rose Hughes,
West Midlands
We’ve placed more than 12,000 teachers in low-income areas, supporting more than one million children. When London’s schools transformed their results, we were credited as a leading factor. But we want to do more.
We now work with schools in every region of England and in Wales, helping them make a difference where it’s needed most.
63% of our former trainees who still teach work in schools in low-income areas.
56 are now headteachers, 402 are senior leaders, and 1,547 are middle leaders.
Many of the schools in which [Teach First] has placed participants have improved markedly. Headteachers of these schools are convinced that Teach First has been one of the crucial elements of that improvement.

We partner with schools to help them thrive

We work with schools to find and develop the great teachers and leaders they need.
Within two years of partnering with us, underperforming school departments improve their GCSE results. From 9% lower than others’ in the same school, to 16% higher, on average.
A group of pupils exercising in the playground.
There are so many leadership opportunities ... you’re really pushed and supported to succeed.
Fiona McGregor,
2011 ambassador and Asst. Principal
Thomas Hepburn Community Academy

Our teachers become leaders

When they’re ready, we help our teachers step up and lead change.
This support makes our teachers over seven times more likely to progress to senior leadership roles early in their career, than those who train through Higher Education Institute routes.

The schools facing the biggest challenges deserve the best support

Our ambassadors work to connect schools to a community full of expertise and support. And they connect each other to opportunities to make a bigger difference.
They also help create a policy environment that makes life easier for schools. Learn more about how the networks we support help unlock the potential in all children, not just some.


Two Teach First ambassadors talking while strolling along a school corridor.
My experience in the classroom – and as a school governor – has been really valuable, providing me with motivation and perspective.
Patrick Curry,
2007 ambassador and Deputy Director
Education Funding Group, Department for Education
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