Teach First Announces 2017 Innovation Awards Winners

Last week, Teach First announced the winners of its annual Innovation Awards, which recognize and provide support to new and creative social enterprises addressing educational inequity in the U.K. Now in its fourth year, Teach First’s Partnership and Innovation Unit, which grants the awards, aims to advance progress towards the organization’s Fair Education Impact Goals by 2022 by partnering with other organizations, and supporting the development and prototyping of ideas to solve problems in schools and nurturing and developing ideas to improve the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Since 2012, there have been 20 winners, most former teachers, 55% of whom are Teach First Ambassadors (alumni). This years’ winners were selected from 73 applications and will be awarded salaries for six months and a space on the Innovation Incubator, a program which provides expert mentoring, technical training and bespoke advice.

This year’s winners include:

  • Niall Alcock (Teach First, 2009) developed a price comparison website, CPDBee, where teachers can search for professional development courses, compare fees, and read reviews━a process that reduces administrative work for teaching schools.

  • Kiran Gill (Teach First, 2010) founded The Difference, a program offered to teachers with experience in leadership positions in alternative schooling (for students outside of mainstream education) as a way of raising the status of those teachers working to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable children.

  • Tom Harbour (Teach First, 2011) established Maths with Parents, a website containing videos and exercises that help parents understand what their children are learning in their primary school math lessons.

  • Eve Dickson founded Boromi, a service provider that delivers boxes of games and activities directly to schools and nurseries (pre-schools), which are designed for parents and children to learn together and to support early development.

  • Kerstyn Comley and Suzi Godson started MeeTwo, a free app that offers teenagers mental health support and access to experts.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Innovation Awards winners!  We look forward to learning from the progress and impact of these inspiring initiatives.

Read the full feature on the Innovation Awards at Schoolsweek.com