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News - 12 July 2013

Teach First Scheme is the largest recruiter of graduates

The Teach First scheme, which recruits talented graduates to teach in deprived areas, is now the largest recruiter having taken over from the traditional areas of banking, finance and the civil service.

The scheme was launched in 2002 and this year took on 1,261 graduates.

The Teach First charity was set up to send ambitious and motivated young teachers into schools serving deprived areas, with the aim of raising standards. Trainees have six weeks of intensive training, with their subsequent training taking place in school over the next two years.

Teach First has also produced an analysis of its own recruits. There were 80% from leading Russell Group universities, but almost a quarter had been eligible for free meals at school and a third had been the first in their families to go to university.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The importance of good-quality and inspirational teaching has also been emphasised by a major study of the opinions of students currently in school, being run by Teach First and Pearson, the education firm.”

Early findings from the My Education project, which surveyed 5,800 secondary pupils, show that almost two-thirds of pupils say they "have a teacher who is a positive role model for me" and 70% say they have "teachers believe in me and expect me to be successful".

The study also contradicts negative impressions of young people as lacking in ambition.
The results, which are to be published in more detail in the autumn, show very high levels of engagement in education and a recognition of its importance.

There were 93% of pupils who believed "getting good grades is important to me"; 89% of pupils "believe they can be successful" and 84% "push themselves to do better academically".

At an event in Downing Street, David Cameron praised Teach First's achievement in becoming the biggest graduate recruiter.

"Teach First's graduate recruitment is impressive. Their trainees will reach out to future generations of UK children and raise aspirations where this is needed most," said the prime minister.

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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