An education charity will be operating five new teachers in Scarborough and Filey in September following a successful pilot last year.
Teach First recruits, trains, and supports teachers specifically for schools in disadvantaged areas to tackle educational inequality by closing the attainment gap between the poorest and wealthiest students.
Teach First expanded into Scarborough last year where only 32% of pupils on free schools meals achieve 5 good GCSEs compared to 57% of their wealthier peers, below the Yorkshire and Humber average of 38% and 62% respectively.
The new teachers announcement comes during Teach First’s 2016 Summer Institute – an intensive six week training residential which is part of a two year Leadership Development Programme.
The Teach First programme combines a salaried teaching role with ongoing training and support from schools, a university tutor and Teach First, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
The Postgraduate Certificate of Education is delivered by Sheffield Hallam University, the university partner for Teach First in Yorkshire.
Carol Gormley, Teach First Director for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Sadly it’s still too often the case that if you grow up in a low-income community you are less likely to do well at school, find a decent job and lead a happy, healthy life.”
“Some of the country’s most challenging education inequalities are seen in our region so there’s still so much more for us to do with our partner schools and communities.
“That’s why we’re expanding where the need is greatest to help give young people the best start in life.”
“We are always looking for people who have the energy, enthusiasm and gritty determination to ensure that every young person gets an excellent education, regardless of their background.
“Applications to our programme are now open and I encourage anyone wanting to make a real difference to the next generation to apply now.”