In the UK, the link between low family income and poor educational attainment is greater in the UK than in almost any other developed country. Just 16% of pupils who are eligible for free school meals progress to university, in comparison to 96% of young people educated in independent schools, (Sutton Trust 2010.) Teach First believes that it doesn?t have to be this way and works in partnership to ensure that every young person is given the same chances in life, no matter what circumstances they are born into.
Teach First selects, trains and supports outstanding individuals to work in schools in challenging circumstances across the country as part of a two-year Leadership Development Programme. In the classroom, Teach First enables its participants and ambassadors to raise the achievement, aspirations and access to opportunity of children from low income communities, whilst developing a network of leaders with a life-long commitment to ending inequality in education from both inside and outside the classroom.