Teach First

About the Leadership Development Programme

Birmingham City University will work with Teach First participants across the Midlands over the entirety of the two-year course. This will begin at a residential Summer Institute and continue through a modular PGDE curriculum featuring classroom practice and research-informed academic assignments. This will be supported by regular training days and conferences delivered by University academics and Teach First staff. Following the PGDE, you will also have the opportunity to top up your qualification to a full Master’s degree by completing an additional Level 7 module.

During the Summer Institute you will meet the key people within Teach First and Birmingham City University who will support you during your two years on the programme:

  • You will be supported across the two years by key mentors in your placement school. Mentors know the culture, school policies and procedures in depth and will make sense of all the learning you acquire and localise it for you. They will provide coaching and mentoring support through the Teachers’ Standards.
  • Birmingham City University will also assign tutors who you will meet and be trained by at the Summer Institute. They will provide advice, support and developmental intervention as you progress through the PGDE, assessing you against the Teachers’ Standards for the awarding of Qualified Teacher Status.
  • You will also have a Teach First Participant Development Lead, who will provide expert support in the implementation of school schemes, policies and practices, and monitor your performance through the Teachers’ Standards.