Hosted by Well Met, the conferencing office at Leeds Beckett, the final week of the five-week training residential takes place between Monday 31 July and Friday 4 August.
The week, which has been held in Leeds for the last four years, will begin with the Teacher Development Conference on 31 July and 1 August and will see the whole 2017 cohort come together in Leeds following their teaching placements across the country. Including an 8% increase on attendees in the Yorkshire and Humber region, this year's group will be joined by the 2016 graduates and a range of Teach First ambassadors, employees and external experts. This year also sees Teach First placing their 1,000th teacher in the Yorkshire region.
Commenting on the return of the conference and how Well Met have adapted their offering for this conference, Clare Vidler Conference Manager for Well Met, said: “Winning the Teach First contract at the beginning of this year was a great start to 2017 for Well Met and we were delighted with the result, having fought off strong competition from other venues. We have worked closely with Teach First to tailor our offering to suit their revised Summer Institute; having condensed the final stage from two weeks to one, we were presented with an opportunity to focus on the efficiency of our operation in order to deliver an excellent conference for all 3,000 delegates. Food was a key part of this, from providing healthy options to ensuring that speed of delivery was balanced with a great customer experience – our catering team have created a completely new package for this year’s cohort. We’re looking forward to welcoming Teach First back to Leeds and hope they have a great conference this summer.”
Leeds Beckett University’s conference office, Well Met, have worked in conjunction with MEETIinLEEDS at the University of Leeds to host the major event since it first came to the city in 2014. Local partners, first direct arena and accommodation providers Unite, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Campus Living Villages are set to provide additional venue space and bedrooms. Well Met have additionally secured the hosting of the final week of the residential in 2018.
Teach First is a charity with the vision that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. It believes that the scale of change needed is so great it requires a movement of leaders to make a difference at a pupil, school and system level.
Teach First trainees commit to a minimum of two years at their partner school, where they teach a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) timetable. Their 13-month Initial Teacher Training starts with the unique five-week Summer Institute which provides trainees with intensive preparation for teaching in their school. Trainees then complete both their PGCE training year and their first year as an NQT in their school.