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Teach First Makes Fifth Anniversary Return


Well Met, the conference office for Leeds Beckett University, is making its final preparations to welcome back the final week of the 2018 Teach First Summer institute, for its fifth consecutive year.  This follows a successful bid submitted in 2016, led by Well Met to host the 2017 and 2018 events, in partnership with MEETinLEEDS and first direct arena.

Teach First Conference Summer Institute is a five-week residential training programme that prepares incoming Teach First participants with the practical teaching skills and mind-set to be ready for the classroom from day one.  It marks the start of the two-year Teach First programme, forming a foundation for ongoing school- and university-based training, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). 

After four weeks of training in their respective local areas, the final week of the Summer Institute will see the whole of the 2018 cohort coming together in Leeds - hosted by Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds – where they will be joined by the 2017 cohort, Teach First alumni, university tutors and Teach First staff.

Close to 2,500 trainee and newly qualified teachers (NQT), will begin the week with a two-day conference (Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July) across three venues – Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds and first direct arena.  It features over 70 sessions of seminars, tutorials and lectures, specifically aimed at early career stage teachers, and practical CPD sessions designed to prepare teachers for their first day in the classroom. 

The conference also features inspiring speakers who cover a range of topics linked to teaching and education.  Special guest and keynote speaker this year will be none other than Musharaf (Mushy) Asghar, star of Educating Yorkshire

Teach First recruit, train and support teachers specifically for schools that serve low-income communities within England and Wales.

It is estimated that the over 7,000 participants who have trained in Leeds over the last five years will have taught or will teach over 450,000 students in secondary, primary and early years education across England and Wales during their first two years. That’s a lot of influence and encouragement towards educational attainment.

In addition over 700 of these participants trained in Leeds have been placed in Yorkshire and Humber schools over the last 5 years.

For Well Met, the figures are equally impressive equating to: -

  • 114, 870 Bed nights’ accommodation
  • 164,232 Yorkshire teabags used
  • 4,292,400 Hours spent in Leeds and the surrounding area
  • £2.7m estimated total spend by participants in the city
  • 7,243 each of lanyards and key cards issued to visitors

The return of this eminent teacher training event highlights Leeds as a stronghold within the competitive conferencing sector.  LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, Town Centre Securities, Leeds Hotels and Venues Association and Capita were key stakeholders involved within the bid.

Thus far, the conference has contributed a total investment of £8m to the city after been held in Leeds for the past four years for those arriving by train, they’re guaranteed a warm Leeds welcome from one of the UK’s top ten conferencing cities.

Clare Vidler Conference Manager at Well Met, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be celebrating our fifth anniversary of hosting the last week of the Summer Institute.  It’s testament to the strength of our bid and the collaboration of our partner organisations, MEETinLEEDS and first direct arena.

“Hospitality is a speciality of our city.  Not only can we combine our collective resources of great venues with high-spec facilities, budget accommodation and great customer service, visitors get to enjoy a wide range of bars, restaurants and leisure activities, during their stay.”

Reuben Moore, Director – Leadership, at Teach First said:

“We’re excited to be marking the fifth anniversary of our Summer Institute in Leeds where once again the city will play host to the next generation taking their first steps on the road to becoming inspiring and memorable teachers. It's a stark fact that education in this country remains unfairly divided between the haves and have-nots, so it’s all-the-more important that we get talented individuals into our schools to raise standards for everyone. All those training in Leeds this week will be working across England and Wales to make sure every child gets a great education, regardless of their background.”

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