Recruit trainee primary teachers

Fill vacancies in your school from September 2014 with Teach First

Teach First is an education charity that recruits high calibre individuals to teach for a minimum of two years in primary schools across England.

Trainees join a Leadership Development Programme which involves an initial six-week intensive residential training programme before they begin teaching full-time in school. Their training then continues as they work towards achievement of a PGCE and QTS by the end of year 1, and they also have access to wider leadership training throughout the two years. Trainees are supported throughout by university tutors, in-school mentors and coaches.

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Before being accepted on the Leadership Development Programme, trainees have been through a rigorous recruitment and selection process, which involves an online application, and a day-long assessment centre involving a competency based interview, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-evaluation. Candidates have to demonstrate a high proficiency in eight core competencies - that we worked with headteachers to define - throughout this process to ensure they can achieve real impact for pupils, these are: Humility, respect and empathy; Interaction; Leadership; Planning and organising; Problem solving; Resilience; Self-evaluation; and Knowledge of the education context and their academic subjects.

Teach First works with schools where more than half of pupils come from the poorest families in the UK, according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index. We work with schools in London, the East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South Coast, South East, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. To find out about Newington Primary School, Ramsgate’s experience of working with Teach First, and how your school can recruit teachers this way, visit:


Pie Corbett