Leeds hosts future teachers

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Thousands of trainee teachers will descend on the city on Saturday for the largest event of its kind in the UK.

The delegates will begin their careers working in schools serving low-income areas across England and Wales.

Education charity Teach First will host around 3,000 trainee teachers as part of its 13th annual residential training event, Summer Institute, which runs until August 1, at the Leeds Beckett University and Leeds University.

The two weeks are the culmination of the six-week, nationwide Teach First Summer Institute which launches the training that participants will undergo as part of a two-year leadership development programme, teaching in schools serving deprived areas.

Teach First director of leadership Reuben Moore said: “Our teachers are committed to helping more young people believe in themselves and helping to make a positive impact on society by closing the gap in educational inequality. Without the right space to prepare and train our participants, this would not be possible.”

This year Teach First will place 166 primary and secondary teachers across the region, including at schools in Leeds. The charity has placed 800 teachers in the region since 2009.

Teach First will also host the Impact Conference 2015, the biggest in its history. Speakers include Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, Teach First founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz and the television producer behind Blackadder, John Lloyd. Teach First’s vision is that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background.

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