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In a reinvention of national service, top graduates are once again returning to teaching

By Andrew Adonis   August 2008

Teach First—the scheme that recruits graduates from elite universities to teach in inner-city schools for two years—is turning into one of the most successful social movements in the country and helping to reinvent the idea of post-university public service. In July it was announced that the scheme will grow over the next five years to 850 graduates per year, up from the current figure of 380.

Teach First recruits top graduates, mainly from Oxbridge and the other “Russell group” universities, and trains them intensively in the summer after graduation. The students-turned-teachers are then placed in mutually supportive groups of up…

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