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Teach First Reviews

Updated 17 Jan 2020

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6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Agile working was useful, childcare options were a top focus(in 7 reviews)

  • "Agile/ flexible working hours and vision engagement days with opportunity to visit various schools to see first-hand the challenges in education(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "High staff turnover as a result, unhappy workers and zero career progression - the same people always get top roles to cover maternity leave(in 7 reviews)

  • "Politics in the team, high staff turnover(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Excellent organisation"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are empowered and trusted. Clear strategy and structures. A fast paced and dynamic culture. Good benefits package. Excellent agile working arrangements.

    Cons

    There is probably still more variability of employee experience based upon location, role, directorate and line manager than the org would like.

    Teach First2019-12-15
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Insight Programmer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working Lovely people Good career development

    Cons

    High staff turnover Can be disorganised

    Teach First2019-12-16
  3. "Great people and great charity"

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    Former Employee - Insight Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Company culture - Salary for charity sector - Fast-paced and high energy

    Cons

    - Always changing due to contract changes, but that's to be expected in a charity

    Teach First2020-01-08
  4. "Do not reccomend"

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    Current Employee - University Recruiter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work from home at times

    Cons

    The workload is intense and you will find yourself spending a lot of the time on the train and generally travelling. Often, events booked have a low turn out.... or no turn out and you are left with nothing to do. The company is trying to push an agenda. Not very trust worthy and lots going on behind the scenes you only find out about once you are there.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency

    Teach First2020-01-17
  5. "High quality training"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training, in field experience, raising attainment in low income areas

    Cons

    Rigorous and not suitable for those who have never worked before

    Teach First2019-12-10
  6. "Lovely people but very disorganised"

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    Former Employee - Senior Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lovely people Salary good Nice office Good maternity cover Flexible working

    Cons

    Extremely disorganised Changed structure frequently Changed programme frequently Hired under qualified people into manager roles who had no skills on how to manage others or teams No progression unless you’re a teacher A bit culty

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who have experience in managing others (not just teachers straight out of programme) and if you change structure or programme stick with changes for at least 2 years.

    Teach First2019-12-06
  7. "Brilliant organistaion. High-paced and large workloads but fantastic progression"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, engaging colleagues, varied workloads, fantastic progression opportunities like pay rises, development, externship, sabbaticals.

    Cons

    Large workloads, high expectations, too much jargon.

    Advice to Management

    None to add!

    Teach First2019-11-06
  8. "Good culture, limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great for flexibility and work life balance Good benefits (not incl salary) Good location of main office Great culture and people

    Cons

    Low staff retention means wasted time and slow decisions Salaries not great Limited opportunities for career progression No career guidance

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff retention and development more, to allow decisions and work to progress faster

    Teach First2019-10-15
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Graduate Training Programme"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wolverhampton, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - They put you through your PGDE, so if you're planning on becoming a teacher, you save money on tuition fees.

    Cons

    - You do about a month and a half of unpaid training, followed by an unpaid month off, then you get your salary at the end of your first month working. So after having to travel several times for the assessment centre and the tests and the training, having to survive for three months without a wage, having to spend money on relocating and having to buy a laptop for summer institute, you're left with a lot of debt. - You end up working 60 hour weeks and getting paid the bare minimum they can legally pay you as an unqualified teacher for your first year. If you work it out hourly in terms of all of the extra stuff you have to do at home, it's not even minimum wage. - They place you in the worst schools in the UK right from the outset so you end up with massive behavioural management issues in your class which you've had only about 5 hours training on how to deal with.

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    Advice to Management

    - Pay your participants a reasonable salary. - Pay your participants during their training. - Offer money for relocating. - Practice what you preach. For a charity who say that your opportunities should not be limited by your financial background, you are pricing applicants out of this opportunity. People who genuinely come from a challenging financial background and who genuinely want to help with these problems within the educational sector because of that can't generally afford to go for three months without any money.

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    Teach First2019-10-28
  10. "Exceptional and Life changing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher On Programmer and Then Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I never had purpose until I became a teacher on the programme. Since becoming a qualified teacher on the programme, and then working within the charity with such enthusiastic "can-do" people, my life and connections made have been immeasurably richer

    Cons

    Politically impotent, always the whipping boy of the current government. Organisation had years to show its teeth with regards criticising policies that increased child poverty.

    Teach First2019-09-18
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