Today sees the publication of the most comprehensive quantitative analysis of Teach First’s impact to date.
The paper – by Dr Becky Allen and Jay Allnut – uses several different methodologies to see whether schools and departments with Teach First teachers achieve better GCSE grades than similar ones that don’t. Their two key findings are:
1) That schools using Teach First see an improvement of around one GCSE grade per pupil across their “best eight” GCSEs. If this doesn’t sound like much bear in mind that most secondary schools involved with the programme have only a couple of teachers from Teach First out of a staff of 80-100. Furthermore the researchers only looked at Teach Firsters in their first three years of teaching.