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Teach First: What is it Doing?

Spicksley, Kathryn (2019) Teach First: What is it Doing? Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education, 1 (1). pp. 9-20. ISSN Print: 2578-3858 Online: 2578-3866

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Teach First is a fast-track route to teacher qualification in England and Wales. The initial aim of the programme was to place high-calibre graduates as classroom teachers in schools with challenging social intakes. The programme has grown incrementally since it began in 2002. In 2017, Teach First trained 5 per cent of the total number of postgraduate trainee teachers.

Research into Teach First is a growing field but is generally focused on the impact of the programme or the identity of its participants. The aim of this think-piece is not to discuss, or indeed to challenge, the effectiveness of the Teach First programme. Drawing on the theoretical work of Michel Foucault, and in particular his thought on bio-politics, the aim of this article is to open up avenues for critical reflection on the possible effects of Teach First on the wider education and social policy landscape.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Teach First, initial teacher training, Foucault, bio-politics, education policy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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SWORD Depositor: Prof. Pub Router
Depositing User: Kathryn Spicksley
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:29

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