How much you achieve in life should not depend on how much your parents earn, but in the UK it does.
Teach First is a national education charity working to ensure that every child
has access to a brilliant education, regardless of their background. They recruit
and train inspirational teachers in schools, build the skills and confidence of
talented young people on the cusp of making life-changing decisions about their
future and cultivate other game-changing solutions to help ensure young people
from low-income communities can succeed.
Teach First recruits, trains and supports excellent people with leadership potential to teach in schools in low-income communities. They are the largest graduate recruiter in the country, with more than 1,600 people starting the programme in 2015. Schools in London, where Teach First have placed more than 3,000 teachers since 2003, have moved from being the lowest performing in England to the highest. To date, more than 1 million pupils living in low income communities have been supported by a Teach First teacher.
Recruits join the Teach First's bespoke, two-year Leadership Development Programme and train intensively in schools for two years to gain their PGCE and wider leadership skills, supported along the way by leading universities, experienced school staff and Teach First employees.
After their initial two year commitment, many alumni of the programme, known as ambassadors, stay in schools, progressing into leadership positions, whilst others move into new roles and continue to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from the private, public and charitable sectors.
In the financial year ending 5 April 2015, the Worshipful Company of Butchers supported Teach First with a donation of £20,000, and Paul Drechsler, Chairman of Teach First spoke at The Master's Charity and Ladies Banquet in February 2015. Further Liverymen have been practically involved through participation in Run The River, Teach First's principal fund raising activity, and through helping teachers by volunteering as coaches.
Further opportunities to get involved are detailed in Teach First's recently refreshed Supporter Engagement: http://www.teachfirst.org.uk/volunteer Programme. The aim of each programme is to open up the world of business to pupils from low-income communities, raising their aspirations and fuelling their achievement.