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Published on Nov 4, 2011
It's a sad, almost unbelievable fact that one in six people leave school unable to read, write and add up properly (Leitch Review on Skills, 2008, UKCES).
The link between low family income and poor educational attainment is greater in the UK than in almost any other developed country. It's not right, it's not fair and it can't continue. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Teach First is an influential charity and an increasingly powerful movement founded to address this problem directly. Now in its ninth year, it has already changed the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of exceptional graduates and experienced professionals to provide leadership, motivation and, above all, inspirational teaching in schools facing challenging circumstances across England. At the same time Teach First's two-year Leadership Development Programme gives graduates the skills, experience and leadership development training to excel in careers in any field.