Taster Programmes

A Teach First Taster programme participant.

Boost your CV and develop leadership skills with one of our two-day undergraduate Taster Programmes.

  • Develop leadership skills that’ll help your CV stand out
  • Increase your chances of getting a place on the Training Programme
  • Discover what it’s like to teach
  • Receive personalised feedback from a Times Top 100 graduate employer
  • Network with our corporate partners
Duration
Two days
Choice of in-person or online
Apply by midnight on 8 December
to secure an offer for a January Taster Programme.

Get teaching experience while exploring career options - it could be the ticket to your first job.

Taster

Too many young people aren’t fulfilling their potential at school. We should and can, do better. 

Pupils from low-income backgrounds are less likely to succeed in the classroom and less likely to go on to university or well-paid jobs. The cycle continues from generation to generation, widening social inequality. It’s a cycle we’re determined to break. 

Experience teaching and gain key skills 

By taking part in our Taster Programme, you’ll spend two days learning about Teach First and our mission, whilst developing presentation, communication, and leadership skills.  

Our experts will host personal development sessions, teach you the skills needed to confidently plan and present a mini lesson, and give you tailored, one-to-one feedback. All while boosting your CV with skills that employers are crying out for.  

Get ahead in selection for our Training Programme 

If you decide that teaching is for you- once you’ve finished the programme, you’ll also be fast-tracked through the application for our Training Programme.  

When are the next Taster Programmes being held? 

  • Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 December 2021 (Online) 
  • Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 January 2022 (Manchester)

We will be running additional dates in April, June and July, both online and in-person. We would encourage you to apply early for our next available programme to stand the best chance of getting a spot.

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I hadn’t thought about becoming a teacher because I wasn’t sure how to engage students - but after the Taster, I think I could be one.
Ailsa Quinn,
University of Warwick
Participant on our Student Taster

STEM Talent Taster

Inspire the next generation to take on STEM  

Right now, the UK has a critical shortage of STEM teachers. This unfairly impacts children from disadvantaged backgrounds the most, robbing them of the education they deserve. Team this with the fact the 65% of children now entering primary school will have jobs that don’t currently exist. Without more STEM teachers, the future of science, technology, engineering and maths could be at risk.  

Qualifications in STEM subjects open a lot of doors 

If you’re looking to gain experience for your future career, don’t wait until you graduate. Our STEM Talent Taster Programme is specifically designed to get your career journey started.  

On the STEM Talent Taster Programme, you’ll spend two days building your subject knowledge and developing your presentation, communication and leadership skills.  

Our experts will host bespoke personal development sessions and teach you how to confidently plan and bring an engaging STEM session to life.  

You’ll also have the chance to meet current trainees and ambassadors making a real difference in STEM classrooms.

Get ahead in selection for our Training Programme 

If you decide that teaching is for you- once you’ve finished the programme, you’ll also be fast-tracked through the application for our Training Programme.  

When are the next STEM Talent Taster Programmes being held?  

  • Thursday 6 & Friday 7 January 2022 (Online) 

We will be running additional dates in April, June and July, both online and in-person. We would encourage you to apply early for our next available programme to stand the best chance of getting a spot.

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One of my highlights on the Taster has been thinking of solutions to problems in education...it’s amazing how many different ideas you can come up with.
Grainne Martin-Wells,
University of Edinburgh
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BAME Talent Taster

Representation matters 

All children deserve a great education. It shouldn’t matter what street you live on, the amount of money your family has or the colour of your skin. But too often it does.  

Over one in four pupils in England from an ethnic minority background. Yet only one in ten teachers are. To build a fairer society, we need more teachers in classrooms that represent the communities they serve. We’re committed to making this happen.

Bring about positive change  

If you’re looking to gain experience and understand how you can make a difference, our BAME Talent Taster Programme is a great place to start.  

We’ve created the BAME Talent Taster Programme to ensure students from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are aware of the opportunities available to them within Teach First and the role they could play on our programmes. 

On the BAME Talent Taster Programme, you’ll spend two days boosting your CV with standout skills and experience that employers are crying out for.  

Our experts will host a bunch of bespoke personal development sessions, teach you how to confidently plan and present a mini-lesson and give you personalised feedback.  

You’ll also attend specific sessions with our BAME Affinity Group and hear first-hand from some our ambassadors working hard to bring about positive change.

Get ahead in selection for our Training Programme 

If you decide that teaching is for you- once you’ve finished the programme, you’ll also be fast-tracked through the application for our Training Programme.  

When are the next BAME Talent Taster Programmes being held?  

  • Thursday 21 & Friday 22 April 2022 (London) 
  • Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 July 2022 (Manchester)  

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Eligibility

Who can apply?  

To apply you need to be in your first, second or penultimate year of studying for an undergraduate degree. 

The eligibility checklist 

To be eligible to apply for one of our Taster Programmes, you’ll need the following:  

  • A grade C (or equivalent) or above in GCSE English and Maths. 
  • For your degree or A-Levels to meet our Training Programme curriculum requirements. 
  • Be studying for an undergraduate degree and be in your first, second or penultimate year of study.  
  • If you’re in your second or penultimate year of study, you need to be predicted a 2.1 degree or above (2.2 degrees will also be considered).  

To be eligible for the STEM Talent Taster Programme, you must be studying a degree in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) or have relevant A-Levels at Grade B (or equivalent) or above in one of those subjects.  

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact your recruiter after opening an application. 

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There are two parts to the Taster Programme online application:  

A four-minute video that you’ll need to film yourself. You’ll be asked to answer questions that will give you a chance to display some of the competencies that we think make a great teacher.  

A written section with questions that will allow you to further explore these competencies.  

Our tips for a great application:  

For the video:  

  • Look directly at the camera, speak clearly and film yourself in a quiet place. Using your phone or a webcam is fine – we’re not expecting a professional shoot! 
  • We’re looking for the competencies we think make an amazing teacher, so try to demonstrate these in what you say and how you say it. We love great communicators who are enthusiastic about Teach First and our mission.  
  • Be natural. We want to see your true personality, so don’t script what you say too much.  

For the written section:  

  • Take your time and read each question carefully. 
  • Take breaks. There’s no need to do it all in one go.  
  • Do your research. There’s a lot of useful information about us and our mission on our website.  

Structure your answers to competency questions using the CAR framework: 

Context: what is the situation and what needed to change?  

Action: what did you do and why? Write in the first person (e.g., ‘I did’) and be clear about how you demonstrated the competencies.  

Result: what positive outcome was achieved? If it was negative, what did you learn? If the result was measurable, show us the numbers.  

Base your answers on real-life situations. Give as much detail as you can about what happened.  

Check your spelling and grammar! Copy your answers into a Word document and use spellcheck, but don’t rely on it. Always proofread thoroughly.  

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If there's one key skill I learnt at the Taster, it’s confidence. Confidence that my ideas are relevant and that I can actually have an impact.
Jeremy Porter,
University College London

Training Programme

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