Teach First is a UK charity whose mission is to end educational inequality. A fundamental part of their work is the recruitment, training and support of new teachers to work in schools serving low-income communities across England and Wales.
Their success in inspiring the country’s best graduates and career changers to choose to work in these schools has been remarkable; Teach First is now the largest graduate recruiter in the United Kingdom, recruiting over 1400 new teachers a year, and is rated the fourth most prestigious graduate recruiter in the UK by The Times.
The Foundation has made several grants to Teach First, allowing them to significantly expand their work in Primary and Early Years settings, to fund a pioneering programme to train dedicated Careers Leaders for schools in low-income communities, and more recently to pilot an initiative providing week-long paid work experience placements for pupils at a range of organisations.
If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information on the work experience initiative, please click here.
Please click here to read about the transformational impact of the Foundation’s support for Teach First.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s (“JOFF”) mission is to shape the health and well-being of current and future generations and contribute to a happier, healthier world by providing better access to food education.
We believe that Jamie’s standing and long-term commitment mean he is uniquely placed to influence children’s health and nutrition through his work with opinion leaders. For this reason, the AKO Foundation has made grants to support several JOFF initiatives including The Kitchen Garden Project, Food Revolution Day, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation Global Ambassador Programme, Workplace and university cooking programmes, and The Food Education Learning Landscape.
Please click here for details of a comprehensive review of the state of food education and food culture in primary and secondary schools in England that was commissioned by the AKO Foundation and undertaken by JOFF and expert partners. The full report is available here.
Ark is a UK charity which seeks to transform children’s lives by providing a great education.
Its 36 UK schools are in areas of economic deprivation and have a history of educational underachievement. Ark seeks to change this by setting high academic and behavioural expectations, providing more time for learning and improving the quality of teaching.
Ark’s schools achieve great results and the Foundation’s grant unlocked additional matched funding of twice the grant amount. In addition, several AKO Capital partners now act as governors at Ark schools.