As part of the National Tutoring Programme – a government-funded, sector-led initiative to help address the impact of COVID-19 school closures – Teach First are launching a new Academic Mentor Programme for the 2020/21 academic year. The programme is designed to help schools rebuild from the impact of the pandemic, and specifically to help those children most severely affected by the closures to catch up.

We are looking for inspiring graduates, qualified teachers and people with other relevant qualifications and experience to help the most disadvantaged pupils in primary and secondary schools across the country to get their education back on track. You will join a community of passionate individuals across the country in making a difference to the lives of the children who need it the most. This is a brilliant chance for you to put your expertise into practice, expand your network and develop yourself and the pupils you work with.

This is a paid opportunity, and before starting in school, academic mentors will receive intensive training. You will then receive ongoing support from Teach First throughout. Once in school, you will become a key part of the school’s rebuilding plan – helping in a range of different ways depending on the school’s needs. This will include working with small groups, as well as one-to-one with individual pupils.

If you are interested in supporting children in schools as they strive to catch up after COVID-19, find out more and register your interest in our Academic Mentor Programme.


  1. Andrew Orgill on November 10, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Dear madam/sir

    I am a Head at a primary school and would like to nominiate someone to be an academic mentor for our own school. How would I do this and ensure that the person we would like ends up supporting our children?


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