There is a question on the form: Teach First Mission - "To address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields". Please give examples of how you will help support the Teach First Mission now, during and beyond the two year programme (Please limit to 150 words).
I'm not really sure what this question is getting at - does anyone?
Clearly at this point you're meant to big up how your own disadvantaged background will help you to identify with the kids...
For that question I just wrote about how I would attempt to transform schools...must have been ok as I got through to an assessment centre!
I talked about my experiences working with the access scheme at my uni, and how I could apply what I had learnt there to teaching, probably quite similar to what happydinosaur said (and I'm through to the assessment centre too.) Personally I'd disagree with Angelil, and suggest that they're looking for your plans/ideas for what you could do at the school, rather than just saying that you can relate to the kids' backgrounds (especially since not everyone on the scheme does come from the sort of disadvantaged background that the kids at the schools face.)
i'm currently writing my application, I think I'm going to mention the outreach programme I did at school and how it gave me some ideas of how to improve lessons for science.
I just saw this and thought if you took a look at the first part of my blog it might help to out this into perspective: I'm starting TeachFirst this year.
this question's in the knowledge section i think. they want you to show that you know a lot about the programme, so be sure to reference teach first jargon (network of ambassadors) and different things involved in the programme e.g. things you might spend your summer doing.
least that's what i did and got through to assessment centre
Has anyone been accepted for teach first only to be told that sorry but you haven't n successful because your qts answers weren't good enough?