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Participant Preparation Course (Staff)

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About This Course

This course is for all incoming participants joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in 2019. 

The course will support you when preparing for Summer Institute and the Leadership Development Programme.

You will explore the relevant content necessary for you to be able to access the Summer Institute curriculum effectively and begin to make crucial progress and impact from your very first day.

The Participant Preparation Course consists of two units: 

Unit One

Unit one will introduce you to the Summer Institute curriculum and the principles that underpin it. As part of your preparation, you will explore the importance of teaching and learning, leadership and movement — the three tenets of our programme. It will support you to understand the importance of 'practice' for your development and you will gain an initial understanding of evidence-informed practice.

It is expected that it will take you two to three hours to complete this unit of the course.

Unit Two

Unit two will explain how you will be supported to progress throughout Summer Institute and prepare for life in the classroom and your new role.

It is expected that it will take you one hour to complete this unit of the course.

Unit one must be completed before the start of Summer Institute, Sunday 23 June 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the course?

You will first be required to register an account on the Teach FirstX platform. You must use the email address that Teach First use to correspond with you. Click here to register an account on the Teach FirstX platform. Only once registered will you be able to see any of the courses that you have been enrolled on. Teach First are responsible for enrolling you on this course and if you are struggling to get access once you have registered your account please contact your recruitment officer.

What web browser should I use?

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information. The Teach First 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 where you will be able to access the course and watch the videos, although we recommend the course activities are completed on your desktop.

Is the Participant Preparation Course assessed?

No it is not assessed, but it is mandatory to complete unit one before starting Summer Institute. Come to SI prepared to discuss your learning from the course, and provide evidence of your reflections.

Can I write it down rather than typing it on the computer?

For activities in the course, you will be expected to complete them on your device.

How long should the course take me?

The Participant Preparation Course will take individuals varying amounts of time. Within each unit there will be recommended reading and you may also wish to revisit content at different points. With this in mind, an estimated completion time for unit one is two–three hours. For unit two, the estimated time for completion is one hour.

What happens to my work once it’s been submitted?

Any reflections captured and actions completed will be stored within your login on the platform. You will be able to download your responses as a pdf document to share at Summer Institute.

When does the Participant Preparation Course need to be completed by?

Unit one of the Participant Preparation Course need to be completed by Sunday 23rd June 2019 – the first day of Summer Institute.

If I am arranging a school experience, can it be done in a school that isn’t a Teach First school?

Completing your school experience days in a Teach First eligible school is recommended but not essential. These days do not need to be consecutive and could be completed individually, in small chunks (e.g. two days one week, three days the next) or in one block.

Can I go back to my own primary or secondary school for the school experience?


Does the school have to send anything to show that I’ve completed a school experience?

No, the school won’t have to send anything to Teach First, but if you choose to arrange a school experience you will have to share your school experience plans with your recruitment officer and discuss them at Summer Institute.

Do I have to have a DBS for the school experience? Can I use my own DBS? Can I do it without DBS?

You must let your chosen school know whether or not you have a DBS. If not, it is likely that you will still be allowed into school but must be accompanied by a member of staff at all times. Every school’s policy regarding DBS will vary.