Helping to tackle educational inequality
In the UK 30% of young people live in poverty and this has been proven to have a detrimental impact on a child’s education, from primary right through to the end of secondary school.
Teach First’s aim is that no child’s educational success is limited by their background. Something we at the Worshipful Company of Butchers feel passionately about. Young people on free school meals (FSM) are consistently disadvantaged; more than a third of FSM children leave primary school without meeting the expected levels for reading, writing and maths, and only 33% of FSM pupils will achieve 5 A* - C grades a GCSE compared to 60.50% of their wealthier peers.
Teach First was established in 2002 and since then has been working to end educational inequality through recruiting and placing great teachers in the schools which need them most. They have already helped to transform schools in London, from one of the worst performing areas of the country to one of the best and they are now working to replicate this success in every part of England and Wales.
Over the last 16 years, they have recruited over 10,000 people to their Leadership Development Programme (LDP), and have reached over 1,000,000 young people.
WCB over the last few years has engaged with Teach First in many areas and thanks to the involvement of a broad cross section of Liverymen can feel extremely proud of the contribution that has been made.
In addition to an annual donation, WCB engagement areas include:
- Companies associated with the Livery have opened their doors to pupils from local schools so that the young people can experience a place of work; incredibly valuable because students that have four or more interactions with employers before leaving school are 86% less likely to become not in employment, education or training.
- Guest Teacher lessons; apprentice butchers have talked to a class about the merits of apprenticeships and a Liveryman has talked to a class about her job in a Data Driven Growth Consultancy. These lessons are so valuable as they introduce pupils to careers that they may never have considered.
- WCB has introduced Teach First to Harper Adams University so that they can explore ways that they can work together.
- Coaching teachers; incredibly important for the teachers who in some instances just need space to work through a problem.
- Mentoring pupils to help them make the right choice of their next step on the path towards a career.