Brett Wigdortz
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Brett Wigdortz, OBE has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Teach First is currently the 3rd most prestigious graduate recruiter in the United Kingdom and is working to close the achievement gap in England and Wales between children from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was originally planned as a six-month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea. Previously he has worked as a consultant, a journalist and researcher. He is originally from New Jersey and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee of Future Leaders. He is also the co-founder, trustee and strategy adviser to Teach For All. In 2007 Brett was named the UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded the 2010 CASE European Leadership Award. In 2012 Brett won the Charity Times Charity principal of the Year and the Institute of Directors London and the South East Director of the year in the Public/Third Sector. Brett is proud and humbled to have been awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queens New Year’s Honours list for Services to Education. Brett’s book Success Against The Odds, a candid account of the first 10 years of Teach First, was published in September 2012.

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How Teach First Is Tackling Educational Disadvantage in Britain's Schools

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (22:00)

As Children In Need kicks off today, we are once again reminded of the disadvantaged young people in the UK who do not have the same life chances as their more privileged peers.
At Teach First our focus is on education, and the power of education to change these...

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GCSE Results Will Expose a Divide in British Society

(6) Comments | Posted 25 August 2011 | (00:00)

It would be hard not to notice that GCSE results were released this morning, and the headlines could probably have been written weeks in advance - lots of As and A*s; a general upwards trend in grades; thousands of children jumping for joy and celebrating as they receive their exam...

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