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Learning from Police Now, Teach First, Frontline and Think Ahead

Tuesday 24 May 2016, 12:30


The police service is the latest sector to launch an innovative initiative to tempt the best and brightest graduates into its ranks. Police Now joins Teach First, which opened in 2002 to attract students away from the ‘milk round’ and into classrooms; Frontline, which was established in 2014 in children’s social care; and Think Ahead which also started in 2014, in mental health services.

Although the schemes run in different sectors, they have a common goal: to radically improve public services by recruiting high quality graduates to their respective professions.

This event brought together leaders from each organisation to discuss how they are improving front-line service delivery, what challenges they have faced, how these hurdles have been overcome, and how the schemes are working together to share best practice, learn from each other and create a common movement for public sector innovation and change.


  • David Spencer, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Police Now
  • Ella Joseph, Joint Chief Executive, Think Ahead
  • Josh MacAlister, Chief Executive, Frontline
  • James Westhead, Executive Director of External Relations, Teach First

Emma Norris (Chair), Programme Director, Institute for Government

Apologies from Lord Andrew Adonis, a key supporter of each programme.


Read our analysis of this event on the blog – The role of graduate programmes in transforming public services