Teach First Apprenticeship Review (1)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you tell me why you chose Teach First interns to undertake the review into the GLA apprenticeship and traineeship programme?


Answer for Teach First Apprenticeship Review (1)

Answer for Teach First Apprenticeship Review (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Teach First is a 2 year teacher training programme which seeks to address educational disadvantage by training and placing teachers to work in challenging schools.  As part of their training Teach First participants have the option to take on internship projects during the summer when their schools are on holiday.


Teach First look for organisations to develop projects which support their aims of reducing educational disadvantage, one of which is to narrow the gap in the proportion of young people taking part in further education or employment-based training after finishing their GCSEs.

To help support Teach First’s aims, the GLA provided a project placement for Teach First participants  to review our apprenticeship programme. In line with the Teach First aims for the placement they were also able to gain valuable work experience and learn how governmental organisations function.


Through their experience of working with young people on a daily basis, as well as their skills in supporting and developing others, the Teach First participants were ideally placed to support the GLA in further improving its flagship apprenticeship scheme, as well providing some early insights into how traineeships may be implemented in the organisation.


The feedback from the Teach First participants was overwhelmingly positive: To quote one participant “We’ll be heading back to the battlefield of the Autumn Term with lots of new skills and ideas, and more information about the type of great opportunities available to our young people once they leave school”.