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Teach First: Giving young people an equal chance to succeed

Since 2014, we’ve worked with Teach First, a charity aiming to end inequality in education by making sure no child’s success is limited by their background.

From the start, our partnership has helped to mentor and coach new teachers to help them build the leadership skills to overcome their day-to-day challenges. We’ve also helped small education start-ups and social enterprises that Teach First help to grow, looking for ways to improve educational outcomes for pupils from the poorest backgrounds.

This year, we’ve focused on advising Teach First on their Career and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP) and Futures University Access Programme (Futures). Through CELP, Teach First trains middle leaders to improve careers provision in schools. And Futures provides support for sixth-form pupils applying for university, including mentoring and helping with UCAS applications.

The need for programmes that support young people to make informed and ambitious choices about their futures is clear. Research shows that children from low-income families have less chance than their wealthier classmates of getting into university – especially the most selective institutions, even when they have the same results. The same is true when they apply for jobs and apprenticeships.

Teach First wanted to grow CELP from a successful pilot in 43 schools to a national programme with 100 schools. And they wanted to improve customer service for both CELP and Futures. Our business design specialists worked with Teach First’s team to develop a model for growing CELP and refining the customer journey for both programmes.

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