Teach First

Teach First Then Teach Forever

Oliver Beach | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Six episodes later, 16 months into teaching and although I'm still exhausted, I'm perpetually rewarded by the incredible students that I'm fortunate enough to teach and learn from. There are moments where students tell me to "go write a song about it in the bathroom", but on the whole, I'm happily rebranded as the Marilyn Gandhi-loving, red chino-donning, Inbetweener-impersonating, over-zealous, Scottish, eccentric teacher.

We Really Do Need to Talk About Education

Meryl Noronha | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Meryl Noronha

In Year 10, I didn't have one English teacher; I had six - a new supply teacher for each half term. I remember asking myself why it was that nobody wanted to stay at our school, but looking around me it wasn't that difficult to see why. Our school building was old and crumbling, we were oversubscribed, and classes were packed.

Eight Ways to Survive Your First Year in Teaching

Claudenia Williams | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claudenia Williams

You have to believe that you can do it - you were chosen for this job, you have what it takes and you are learning more and more every day - so you have to carry that belief with you all the time. I'm not saying it's easy - in fact it's exhausting - but if you don't believe in you then how can you expect your students to?

Tough Young Teachers: Did I Miss the Comma?

Ben Nicholls | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Ben Nicholls

Even the most liberal of my acquaintances might be shunted into what one calls "Daily Mail mode" by some moments in Tough Young Teachers. This series, which began on BBC3 last week, follows six young teachers as they begin their careers in some of the country's most challenging classrooms

Teacher Training: It Is What You Make It

Bansi Kara | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

What do I know about teacher training? I know that some of my most respected colleagues completed PGCEs and some of them came into teaching via Teach First. I don't judge them on their training but on their ability to teach and to be consummate professionals in a job that requires strength and leadership.

The Search for Good Secondary Schools

Barney Stringer | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Barney Stringer

Eight years ago Burlington Danes was failing and put into special measures. Now, under the remarkably performance-focused leadership of Sally Coates, results are rocketing and last year it was nominated for the TES "Outstanding School of the Year" award.

Making or Breaking: Mentoring in Education

Bansi Kara | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

Having just been at the national opening ceremony of the Teach First Summer Institute 2012, I have been considering the fate of all 997 of those smiling, fresh-faced new teachers. They are about to embark on one of the hardest journeys a young professional can experience; they are about to start teaching in tough, inner-city schools.

What Is the Key Ingredient of a Successful School?

Stephen Twigg | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

For the government, it seems to be to hark back to a nostalgic view of the past. So Michael Gove has come out in favour of a 1950s exam system for secondary schools, and Victorian-era rote learning at primary school.

How Prince Charles' Charity Turned My Old High School Around

Sandy Dhaliwal | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sandy Dhaliwal

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall recently visited my old secondary school Uxbridge High. It was to mark the 10 year anniversary of the charity Teach First, which the Prince is patron of.

Lucy Sherriff

'All Our Eggs Are In Ofsted's Basket', Stephen Twigg Ponders The Implications Of Surprise Inspections

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Twigg is not afraid to admit Labour did not always "get it right" when it comes to education. The shadow education secretary concedes his g...

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

Brett Wigdortz | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Brett Wigdortz

We live in a nation where the link between family income and educational attainment is greater than in almost any other developed country - where 96% of young people educated in independent schools progress to university, compared to only 16% of pupils eligible for free school meals.

GCSE Results Will Expose a Divide in British Society

Brett Wigdortz | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Brett Wigdortz

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

Why Teach First needs to Become Bigger - and Universities need to Support it Properly, not Just With Warm Words

Lord Andrew Adonis | Posted 11.09.2011 | UK Politics
Lord Andrew Adonis

Radical change is needed to counter this virtual apartheid within our education system. The elite private schools - all of them are charities, believe it or not - should all be setting up academies and become directly engaged in providing state-funded education by means of these independent state schools, extending their excellent academic teaching and success at university entrance to more deprived communities.