Teach First

About the Leadership Development Programme

Birmingham City University will work with Teach First participants in the Midlands region during the first year of the initial teacher training. This will begin at a residential Summer Institute and continue throughout working towards the PGCE, through practice and reflective assignments. At the end of the first year, a decision will be taken on whether to begin working towards a Masters qualification during the second year.

During the Summer Institute you will meet the key people within Teach First and our training providers who will support you during your two years on the programme.

Each of our partner schools allocates mentors – one for primary and two for secondary – who will support your development as a teacher. They will carry out classroom observations and also have one-to-one meetings to provide you with this support.

Birmingham City University will also assign tutors who you will meet and be trained by at the Summer Institute. They will support you throughout the first year as you work towards your PGCE which, if you meet all of the requirements, you will gain at the end of the programme.

You will also have a Teach First Leadership Development Officer (LDO). Leadership Development Officers are qualified teachers, and often ambassadors of the programme themselves. You will work closely with your LDO in the second year as they support you in achieving the ambitious visions and goals you set for your pupils.

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