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Andrew Fisk, Communications Director, P&G UK and Ireland



P&G is a Platinum supporter of Teach First an independent charity established in 2002 to address educational disadvantage. With P&G’s support Teach First is working to break the link between low family income and poor educational attainment.

This February, Teach First marked its expansion into the North East by bringing together leading figures from education, politics and local government for a reception at our North East headquarters in Newcastle. The event brought together Teach First Founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz; Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove and myself to present our plans to combat the crippling effect that educational disadvantage has on a generation of the region’s young.

Teach First enables its participants and ambassadors in the classroom to raise the achievement, aspirations, and access to opportunity of children from low socio-economic backgrounds, whilst developing a network of future leaders with a life-long commitment to ending inequality in education from both inside and outside the classroom.

We focus our charitable efforts on improving the lives of children and there is no better place to start than educational disadvantage, and there is no better way to achieve this than through our support of Teach First.

Our partnership is so much more than just financial support. We bring to the table P&G’s strong heritage in the North East, the skills of our employees, access to our highly recognized training and many areas of expertise.

You can find out more about our vision to give every child in the UK the chance to succeed through Twitter, Facebook or the P&G corporate press office.

Andrew Fisk
P&G UK and Ireland Communications Director

Teach First’s Partners

“I’m delighted Teach First is now expanding into the North East so pupils will be able to benefit from new inspirational teachers who not only have a strong academic record, but have also been tested to make sure they have the right qualities of leadership and empathy.”

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

Teach First’s People

  • Teach First already successfully operates in six regions of England
  • Teach First has now recruited, trained and placed over 2,500 graduates
  • Teach First operates in over 250 schools and has affected the lives of 800,000 young people

Teach First’s Goal

  • Recruiting 40 outstanding teachers to be in North East secondary schools from September 2011
  • Working to place 1140 graduates per year by 2013

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