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Teach First switches targets to low-performing areas

Teach First switches targets to low-performing areas

Teach First switches targets to low-performing areas

14 Feb 2017

Teach First plans to shift its focus away from London to six of the government’s 12 “opportunity areas”.

Brett Wigdortz, the charity’s founder and outgoing chief executive, made the announcement during a school visit to Derby with the education secretary Justine Greening last week. He said the move would shift 40 per cent more graduate trainees towards the first six social mobility areas – Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, and West Somerset.

Greening also announced a cash injection of £72 million for six other social mobility “coldspots” – Bradford, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, and Stoke-on-Trent. Teach First is concentrating on the first six areas initially, but a spokesperson for the charity said it planned to increase its support in the other areas.

Although the training provider still has firm roots in the capital, the overall percentage of Teach First graduates in London fell from 44 per cent in 2013, to 37.5per cent (541 participants) in 2016.

Written by: Billy Camden for Schools Week on-line

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