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Introduction to the Summer Institute Module

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  • Estimated duration 2-3 hours

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About This Module


This module will enable participants to make the most of their Summer Institute experience. It will support them to understand the importance of reflection, personal vision and practice and they will gain an initial understanding of the science behind pupil learning. The module will be delivered by educational experts and there will be tasks for participants to complete along the way.

The module must be completed by all incoming participants before the start of Summer Institute on Sunday 2nd July.

This module contains video footage so you need to enable sound on your device. 

Course Staff


Catherine Butt

Catherine Butt

“I am a Manager in the Curriculum Design Team at Teach First– specifically leading on the design of the Early Years Programme – but also, along with various colleagues, on the overall two year programme design. I have 7 years’ experience as a teacher and Assistant Headteacher across a range of Teach First eligible schools in Manchester, Salford and Cornwall.”

Dame Alison Peacock

Dame Alison Peacock

“I am a trustee of Teach First, a former headteacher, Times Educational Supplement contributor and the new CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, the independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession.”

Kyle Bailey

Kyle Bailey

“I'm a former Teach First coach and now a curriculum designer at Teach First. I'm also a champion of practice-based teacher development and lead on the design and delivery of the Practice Curriculum at Teach First.”

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett

“I am a teacher, educational author and founder and director of researchED. In this module, I will be talking through evidence-informed teaching practice”

Shelly Gonsalves

Shelley Gonsalves

“I’m the head of Talent Management at Teach First, and I am delighted to be supporting you to start to practice some reflection prior to the start of Summer Institute. I’m also a 2002 Alum of Teach For America, and a former classroom teacher, middle leader and senior leader.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I access the module?

    • You will first be required to register an account on the Teach FirstX platform. Just follow this link.
    • Staff at Teach First will enrol you onto the course and you will be enrolled by the time you receive your email about community website logins.
  • What web browser should I use?

    • The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above. 
  • Can I use an app?

    • You can download the Teach FirstX app, following instructions in unit 0 of the module. Although we recommend the course activities are completed on your desktop, the course can be accessed and completed through the app.
    • How long will the module take to complete?

      • It will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete the core components. There is optional extended reading and activities should you wish to complete them.
    See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.