MEETinLEEDS partners with venues across the city to welcome Teach First for the sixth time

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MEETinLEEDS is excited to be jointly welcoming residential training programme, Teach First Summer Institute, back to the city for the sixth time, along with a record-breaking number of trainee teachers. The event is held as part of a city-wide collaboration, not only with our partner organisations such as First Direct Arena and Leeds Beckett University, but also wider stakeholders such as LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, and many university accommodation providers.

Marking the start of the two-year Teach First Training programme, which forms a foundation for ongoing school and university-based training and results in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), the event will welcome over 1,700 trainee teachers who will start training in schools serving disadvantaged communities across England and Wales. These teachers will work in over 750 schools supporting an estimated 300,000 children over the next two years.

The event itself began with a four week training programme in local areas, and culminates with all of the delegates coming to the city of Leeds for the final week. The programme concludes with the Teacher Development Conference at the First Direct Arena, which includes over 50 sessions in two days. It brings together some of the best educators, business leaders, and innovative thinkers from a diverse mix of sectors.

Despite schools currently facing tough teacher recruitment challenges, the event has seen a record-number of applicants and has attracted the most diverse group of teachers since the education charity began back in 2002.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re delighted to be working closely alongside with Leeds Beckett University and other partners on such an important event in the city. The partnership showcases the ability that Leeds venues have to work together to meet the organisers’ needs in a collaborative approach, and we look forward to supporting trainee teachers on such a crucial event for all teachers across England and Wales.”

Claire Heap, Head of Conference Leeds, commented: “Collaboration is a key element of our conferencing proposition for Leeds and has been a key factor in successfully securing conference business for the city. The collaborative working allows the city to create conferences and events experiences which are unique and bespoke to organiser requirements. It is excellent partnerships such as these which are part of the reason that we are continuing to climb in the BMEIS rankings, with Leeds now being the 4th most popular conferencing destination in the UK.”

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