Why People Are Wrong about TeachFirst’s Name

Laura McInerney



One of the most common assumptions about TeachFirst is that its name is premised on the idea that participants “Teach First, Then Do Something Later”. It’s an annoying assumption though, because it’s not true.

Brett Wigdortz, CEO of TeachFirst, explained how the organisation got its name during the Sunday Times Education Festival this weekend.

Back when TF was but a twinkle in Brett’s eye he received much support from LondonFirst – an organisation, that still exists, and aims to ‘make London the best city in the world in which to do business’. Given Brett’s idea was to make London a great city in which to teach (this was 2002, and London faced mass teacher shortages), he thought it a good idea to call the programme TeachLondonFirst. As time wore on, the team realised TeachLondonFirst might one day want to expand into other areas and so they dropped the ‘London’ part. Thus was born TeachFirst.

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