As a business, supporting Teach First enables us to give back to disadvantaged areas within our community and help to change lives through education. By facilitating experiences within the workplace and showcasing opportunities available on the doorstep, we are able to share skills and support pupils whilst providing further development for our members of staff who wish to train become a Teach First coach. At Peel L&P, five members of staff are trained each year as Teach First coaches who support teachers and give them a different insight into management and working life.
HR Support Team Leader, Zoë Cook is currently coaching a Teach First teacher in Manchester. In this blog, she tells us more about her experience as a Teach First coach:
“I am so proud to be involved with Teach First and I’m loving my role as a coach!
Teach First recruit volunteer coaches from a wide range of sectors. Some from supporting organisations like Peel Land & Property Group or representatives from charities, businesses, government bodies and the media. Coaching is focussed on supporting teachers to overcome leadership challenges and help them reach their own decisions about how best to achieve their goals.
Education in the North West isn’t fair. If you grow up and go to school in a disadvantaged community, the odds are stacked against you. Your chances of having enough great teachers and getting good grades in your exams are much lower than your peers from wealthier backgrounds. This has lifelong implications – regardless of ability, students from disadvantaged communities are less likely to go onto apprenticeships, university or the most prestigious careers.
Teach First believes that this isn’t fair, and that education doesn’t have to be this way. Teach First work with schools in the North West, and beyond, to ensure that young people get a great education, regardless of their postcode or parental income.
Following the success of last year’s Workplace Visit, Peel Land & Property Group are looking forward to welcoming 22 students on 10th October.
The Workplace Visit combines immersive workshops and business simulations, to give pupils a taste of what it’s like to work in different sectors, and develop skills like problem-solving and communication.”