What if My Department Doesn’’t Offer the UAS Module?

There may be other classroom-based schemes at your university, either voluntary or paid. You can find out more by contacting your university Student Union, Education Liaison/Schools Liaison Office or Widening Participation Office. Details of other Student Tutoring/Mentoring schemes are given below.

STEM Ambassadors

This programme aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by providing enthusiastic volunteers to work with young people and teachers in schools. If you have an interest in continuing to inspire children why not find out more about becoming a STEM Ambassador?

Students into Schools

A joint project between the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle which creates opportunities for hundreds of students to work with local children in the classroom. Students involved help to improve the attainment and aspirations of pupils in local schools, colleges and other learning centres.

The Pimlico Connection

Back in 1975 Imperial College was one of the first higher education institutions to introduce a voluntary school tutoring scheme. Since that time the scheme has grown from strength to strength, and over the last 3 decades student tutors have become highly valued members of the school community.

Teach First

What is Teach First?

Teach First is an influential charity that is delivering far-reaching social and economic change by addressing educational disadvantage – driving up standards and raising expectations in some of the UK’s most challenging schools. Their approach is to attract high-calibre, highly motivated graduates into an initial two-year leadership development programme focusing on the achievements and aspirations of pupils and their access to further opportunities in education and beyond.

Through their Leadership Development Programme, participants become inspiring teachers, leaders, role models and agents of change. They gain valuable leadership development to prepare them for influential careers, either in education or elsewhere. In their first year, participants work towards gaining Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as have the opportunity to study for a Masters qualification in the second year. After that, long term systemic change comes from continued engagement with education through the Teach First Ambassador Movement.

Graduate vacancies

Applications are welcome across across six regions (East Midlands, London, North East, North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber). Recruitment is done on a rolling basis, filling vacancies as candidates are found that meet competency and academic requirements. Information on subject availability and deadlines can be found here.

Selection criteria

  • 2:1 degree or above
  • 300 UCAS points
  • Degree and/or A level grade A or B in a subject that is aligned to a National Curriculum subject
  • Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English
  • Flexibility to work anywhere within the six regions mentioned above

After these minimum requirements, selection is based on your ability to demonstrate relevant subject knowledge and the following competencies:

  • Humility, Respect and Empathy
  • Interaction and Leadership
  • Planning and Organising
  • Knowledge, Problem Solving and Resilience
  • Self Evaluation

How to apply

To apply for Teach First you will need to register interest and fill in an online application form at www.teachfirst.org.uk Their website contains more detailed information on the programme.

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