Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

Developed in collaboration with leading schools and universities including Bath Spa, the Teach First Leadership Development Programme combines world-class teacher and leadership training, leading to a qualification that formally recognises your advanced skills in both teaching and leadership. The two-year paid programme is based on global best practice and research and refined through more than 14 years of experience and feedback from leading employers, teaching experts and, of course, previous participants.

During the programme you’ll gain a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), covering both education and leadership, and worth double the credits of a PGCE, to become a qualified teacher. You’ll also acquire the key skills and personal qualities needed to develop you into an effective leader - someone who can make a real impact.

If you can inspire in the classroom, you can bring resilience, efficiency and imagination to any environment, no matter where your career takes you.

Over 10,000 people have joined the LDP so far. Many have remained in the classroom and many others are working in leadership roles across all sectors of the economy. What they all have in common is a belief that every child should have equal opportunities in education and in life, and the knowledge they are contributing towards this goal.

Entry requirements

All applicants should:

  • Have a degree or A-levels that satisfy our teaching requirements.
  • Have Grade C* in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent). *Those placed to teach in a secondary school in Wales will require at least a B in Maths and English - GCSE. Grade C in one science GCSE is also required for primary or Early Years teaching eligibility.
  • Be flexible to work in any of our locations.

Course modules

Year one

  • You'll engage with the programme during an intensive five week Summer Institute before starting in your placement school in September. While working in school, you'll undertake three modules with input delivered by both Bath Spa University and Teach First. At the end of Year One, you'll achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Year two

  • Now a qualified teacher, you'll undertake two further modules of study to complete your PGDE academic award.

Assessment methods

You’ll start at your school as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, Regional Training Provider and Teach First. In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), and will continue to receive the structured support as part of the LDP, including mentoring, training and events where you and your cohort will come together, share experiences, reflect on your development and examine ways to accelerate your progress in addressing our goals as a movement for lasting social change.

Sponsorship information

This is a fully-funded employment-based route.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Initial Teacher Training Programme Full time September 2019 - Years

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