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 Two.

 Telephone calls 
We have built time in during the First Give lessons for the phone calls to be made. However, you may also need to allow students time to make phone calls outside lessons.

 Charity visits 
To make parents aware of the visits you can send them an information letter (found in the Additional Resource Pack here).

 Remember to complete the evaluations 
Students complete short surveys in their Student Coursebook, tear them out and hand them in. The Lead Teacher then either pops them in the post to us or hands them over at the school final.

 Register for our newsletter 
To receive information regarding new and updated resources, sign up here.

 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.


First Give is offered free of charge to schools who can meet our basic commitment criteria that the Programme is delivered to an entire year group during curriculum time eg PSHE, Citizenship or English lessons.

Please have a look at the basic commitment criteria and then fill out the form on the Schools Get involved page.

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. The team are happy to provide advice and support at any time. Please email us using the contact form.

The Programme has eight lessons as well as the School Final. 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.

Simply put: if it is registered with the Charity Commission and has a local office or project that students can visit, they can represent it! Please note, grants cannot be given to projects that promote religion ie, projects that evangelise in any way or could be used to do so, for example the buying of prayer books.

If this is the case, please ask the team to invite the charity to the school for a meeting.

It may well be that groups in different classes get passionate about the same cause and charity, but please avoid students in the same class representing 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