Why graduates are choosing to Teach First
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This September thousands of graduates across the country will begin the training process to become a teacher and most will do this through the conventional PGCE course at a university or college; but there is an alternative and one which may prove more beneficial for both future teachers, schools and pupils. Teach First Teach First is a nationwide charity that aims to raise the achievements and aspirations of pupils from the most challenging schools in the UK. The programme aims to address educational disadvantage by training the best of the best to become effective teachers, leaders and role models in over 200 secondary schools in the East Midlands, London, North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire. Participants complete the Leadership Development Programme to become a Teach First Ambassador over a two year period which involves six weeks training at the Summer Institute followed by a two year placement in a school incorporated with continuous training and support. After the first year participants achieve their NQT, and after the full two years participants achieve their full PGCE with the opportunity to complete further studies towards a Masters qualification. Why Teach First? There are numerous benefits of taking the Teach First route rather than the PGCE, for both participants and the pupils they encounter. Although it may seem bizarre to be put straight into a classroom after only six weeks of training you are not simply left to your own devices. Regular and consistent follow ups, training and feedback sessions take place during the placement and participants are also assigned a Leadership Development Officer for direct support.
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