Top tips for teachers

Below we outline how to make the most of the Programme:

 Book your IT sessions early 
IT enhances the First Give Programme and is essential for Lesson 2, and recommended for Lessons 6 and 7.

 Charity visits 
Each class teacher should arrange a suitable time for the chosen class charity to come in and visit the class. This could be in any First Give lesson, a form time, lunch time or after-school.

 Remember to complete the evaluations 
Students complete short surveys in their Student Coursebook, tear them out and hand them in. The Lead Teacher then hands them to us at the Presentation Skills Workshop.

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 Share best practice 
Let us know if you or your students have created an amazing resource, continued to be involved with your charity or planned a great piece of social action. We would love to share your story with other schools. Get in touch through our social media or here.


We ask schools for a £500 contribution towards the cost of the programme. The programme is subsidised by our funders, with the school contribution representing 1/5 of the overall cost of the programme.

Please have a look at the basic commitment criteria and then fill out the eligibility quiz and agreement form.

The Programme supports SMSC aspects of learning across the school as well as many subject areas. Please see the Curriculum Links  for detailed information.

First Give provides all the resources needed to deliver the Programme as well as running an Assembly and hosting the Final at your school. The majority of the course is delivered by your teachers. You will have a designated Programme Manager who is on hand to support you through the programme.

The Programme has eight lessons as well as the Presentation Skills Workshop and School Final after the lessons are complete. It can be completed effectively over one half-term, or it can be spread out over a longer period. It is your school and your year group – you know best.

Try to be creative about the means of contact in this case - could your class Skype the charity, or perhaps keep in contact via email? If no form of contact is possible, we would advise using the second choice of charity that was voted for.

It may well be that groups in different classes get passionate about the same charity. This is OK to a point, but please avoid more than 2 classes choosing the same charity.

Whilst the relationship between the charity and students is central to the process, the resources and delivery of the presentation should be entirely the students’ own work.

We need these for a couple of reasons, both important: 1. So that we can be as good as we can be 2. So that we can show our funders the impact of their support