Teach First was founded to address educational underachievement, with the belief that no child’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background, and that excellent teaching in schools is the strongest change factor in enabling children from low income backgrounds to succeed. Teach First recruits high calibre, passionate graduates to support schools in delivering the best education for pupils. Its teachers – known as participants – teach full time in schools, in which the majority of pupils come from the poorest families in the UK. Participants undertake a two year Leadership Development Programme which involves achievement of a PGCE and wider leadership skills training.
In 2014 and with the support of the Waterloo Foundation, Teach First recruited, supported and placed 68 teachers across schools in Wales reaching approximately 9,000 pupils in 11 local authorities. In September 2015, and with continued support from the Waterloo Foundation, Teach First aims to have trained and placed an additional 60 new teachers in Wales to help improve the educational outcomes of pupils in some of the poorest communities.