Research by the Institute of Education has found evidence that the scheme has a positive impact within schools.
The paper found that a student taking eight GCSE subjects benefited by around one higher grade overall if there were Teach First recruits working in the school, compared with schools without such teachers.
Education Secretary Michael Grove had further praise for the scheme and said: ‘Teach First helps get some of our brightest graduates into some of our most challenging classrooms. We are committed to supporting the charity in its efforts to reach more schools.’
Teach First aims to recruit graduates for five years and offers on-the-job training, placing its trainees in schools in the poorest areas of England and Wales. Around half of all Teach First entrants stay on in the profession.
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