Teach First (also Teach First Cymru) is a social enterprise registered as a charity that aims to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales. Teach First coordinates an employment-based teaching training programme whereby participants achieve Qualified Teacher Status through participation in a two-year training programme that involves the completion of a PGDE along with wider leadership skills training and an optional master's degree.
Trainees are placed at participating primary and secondary schools where they commit to staying for the duration of the 2-year training programme. Eligible schools are those where more than half of the pupils come from the poorest 30% of families according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index. Following completion of the two-year programme, participants become Teach First ambassadors. This network of ambassadors aims to address educational disadvantages either in school or in other sectors.