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Leeds welcomes the return of the UK’s largest Teacher Training event

Teach First Summer Institute

3,000 delegates are joined by leading education and business professionals

For the third year running, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds will host 3,000 delegates to the Teach First Summer Institute which sees their teachers attend a range of training sessions and events from 16 – 30 July.
As the biggest teacher training event in the UK, education charity Teach First will accommodate over 3,000 delegates from their 2015 and 2016 cohorts.

The event brings together Teach First participants, university tutors along with education and business leaders across a two week period. Having been held in Leeds for the past three years, the conference has contributed a total investment of £8m to the city.

The fortnight marks the final stage of the Teach First 2016 cohort’s initial six-week, intensive residential training programme, which aims to equip participants entering the charity’s two year Leadership Development Programme with the skills and knowledge they need before entering the classroom. Teach First recruit, train and support teachers specifically for schools that serve low-income communities across England and Wales, including in Yorkshire and Humber. Since 2009 over 800 teachers have been recruited for schools in the region; and in September Teach First will place over 140 teachers in 66 schools in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Grimsby, Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and Doncaster.

Summer Institute culminates with Teach First’s two-day annual Impact Conference on 25 and 26 July. The conference, open to all, is the largest dedicated to educational inequality in the UK and includes lectures, seminars, workshops and panel debates to encourage delegates to collaborate and network with some of the best educators, business leaders and innovative thinkers in the UK.

Some of the 60 high profile speakers include Dr Sakena Yacoobi, the CEO of the Afghan  Institute of Learning (AIL), Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Chair Social Mobility Commission, Professor Phil Scraton, Director of the Hillsborough Project, and Lucy Powell MP, Former Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

This year Siemens has been announced as the Impact Conference headline sponsor and TES as the exclusive media partner. 

Leeds Beckett University’s conference office, Well Met, have worked in conjunction with MEETINLEEDS 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.

Reuben Moore, Director – Leadership, at Teach First said: “We’re excited to be back in Leeds for the third year running for the culmination of our Summer Institute, which marks the start of our participants’ two year leadership journey with Teach First. Sadly it’s still too often the case that if you grow up in a low-income community you are less likely to do well at school, find a decent job and lead a happy, healthy life. For the thirteenth year we’ll be working in partnerships with schools across England and Wales to inspire the next generation.”

“Impact Conference is fast becoming an unmissable date in the education calendar. It’ll bring a host of the biggest names in education, policy and business to Leeds to share their expertise, discuss the hot topics, and build a movement for change.”

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University commented: “On behalf of all of us at Leeds Beckett University I am delighted to welcome everyone to Leeds and the Teach First Summer Institute. The calling each trainee has chosen has never been more important. In the modern “knowledge economy” education is the key to national prosperity, and individual fulfilment. Education builds confidence, tolerance and offers young people more control over their personal and life choices. The trainees are embarking on a career which is genuinely transformational. I wish them all the greatest of success.”

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds said: “At the University of Leeds we are committed to tackling educational inequality and disadvantage, sharing Teach First’s primary vision. We encourage our students to be the very best they can be, whether in education or gaining wider experience through study abroad, work placements or volunteering. The annual Teach First conference is eagerly anticipated each summer and is a vibrant addition to the city’s conference calendar.”

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