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Accelerate Programme

Graduate at Teach First

Accelerate Programme

Graduate at Teach First

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelGraduate
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 08 Nov, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • CompetitiveCompetitive
Job description

Our Accelerate Programme is a diversity initiative aimed at increasing the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic teachers and leaders. On the programme, exceptional undergraduates and graduates will have the opportunity to gain core leadership skills, learn more about our Leadership Development Programme and access coaching and mentoring.

What you’ll be doing on our Accelerate Programme
Accelerate provides opportunities for skills development, both personal and professional. We aim to help you learn more about yourself and develop your employability and leadership potential. By the end of Accelerate you will have gained the skills and competencies necessary to apply for our two-year Leadership Development Programme in 2019.

On our two-year programme, we’ll support you to become a qualified teacher through a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership. By training on the job, you’ll have an immediate impact on the lives of the young people who need you the most.

And, whether you choose to remain in the classroom or pursue another career after the programme, you’ll benefit from Teach First’s influential network of organisations and businesses who share our commitment to ending educational inequality and value the skills and experience our participants gain.

Accelerate Programme events
Accelerate has three different touchpoints during which you’ll be engaged in activities to help you develop professionally and gain more knowledge of what it’s really like in a classroom. Sessions will take place at our London office in North Greenwich and the school placements at one of our partner schools in north London.

Day one - An inspiring start
This event takes place on 24 January 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm

We’ll kickstart the first event with an introduction to the programme, and time to meet other Accelerate participants. You’ll then hear from inspirational speakers and take part in structured networking. Later on there will be an opportunity to attend a debate/panel discussion, and develop your knowledge of our Leadership Development Programme by speaking with the Teach First recruitment team.
Day two - Experience life as a teacher
The second event will take place between 30 January and 15 February 2019
You’ll experience school life by shadowing a teacher for a day at one of our partner schools and meet key staff members. There’s even the opportunity to take part in focused teaching with a small group or teach a part of a lesson yourself.

Day three - Coaching and training opportunities
This event takes place on 5 March 2019
The third Accelerate event is a development day where you’ll reflect on your school experience, receive 1:1 coaching and contribute to a participant led group project. We’ll also provide advice and guidance on our selection process for our Leadership Development Programme.

Your Leadership Development Programme assessment
Accelerate culminates with you taking part in an assessment for our Leadership Development Programme. This will take place at our development centre in North Greenwich, London. Find out what this assessment entails.

Throughout the time you spend with us on Accelerate, you’ll also be expected to attend online events, conduct independent research and take on a project.


  • Opportunity to attend interactive training sessions to boost your employability and personal growth
  • Gain access to tailored support from through coaching and skills development to support you with your application for our Leadership Development Programme
  • Spend a full day in a school finding out what being in a classroom is really like
  • Develop the competencies required for the classroom and beyond, including resilience, problem-solving and leadership
  • Network with Teach First recruiters and our business partners

What we are looking for

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

To apply visit the Teach First website via the Apply button.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

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Job location

London, United Kingdom