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Updated 14 January 2019
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Pros
  • "You are supported right from the initial 6 weeks of teacher training in the summer and you also get an opportunity to bond with lots of other graduates" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Some great people passionate about improving the lives of young people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work life balance but they are changing this for next year" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Long hours and terrible work life balance" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Recruitment"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic training where you gain so much insightful information about the programme so you are fully equipped when speaking to candidates
    -Very friendly working culture where everyone is always willing to help and give guidance
    -Seems to be lots of opportunities to move internally across the business giving lots of variety should you want a long term career with TF
    -As good as work can get, you will not find a more rewarding/flexible job that appreciates a work life balance as much as TF

    Cons

    -Salary for coordinator is low and the gap between this and the application officer role is staggering
    -There is a real lack of permanent opportunities across the business. Even long term employees are still on short term contracts which brings worry you feel your job isn’t particularly secure
    -As the company encourages agile working, regularly managers aren’t in the office to appreciate the hard work of their team and reward them for achievements

    Advice to Management

    -Offer more permanent opportunities particularly to more long standing employees
    -Reduce the gap in pay between coordinators and AMOs
    -Recognise hard working staff more so and reward them with promotions, increased responsibility, pay rises and longer term contracts/permanent roles


  2. "great if you want to stay in teaching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    teaching experience, support when requested

    Cons

    long working hours, assignments in holidays

  3. "Seriously need to rethink well-being"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Well organised and structured. Lots of different mentors to guide you through the programme.

    Cons

    They take a massive stand on wellbeing but they regularly fail to practice what they preach. I found the Leadership Development Programme challenging and exhausting, and when I reached out for support about my wellbeing, the support just wasn't there. They sell the programme as making a real difference but in reality you are cheap labour for struggling schools.


  4. "Huge focus on Personal Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First part-time

    Pros

    Very supportive team that constantly helps to develop personally

    Cons

    Line Manager can be a hit or miss


  5. "great place to work and study"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in London, England
    Current Employee - Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    hands on training and teaching that

    Cons

    none there is nothing that i can think of

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Insight Programme"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience of working in a school

    Cons

    First week in London was incredibly dull

    Advice to Management

    First week should be more education/teaching focused


  7. "Know yourself, and set your personal expectations in advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    - If your local area team and school are proactive and supportive, issues can be swiftly resolved.
    - It's undeniably a way to begin teaching quickly, and you will often be able to have a considerable positive impact in the classroom over time.
    - You will learn a lot about yourself and other people; you will develop skill for using the minimum viable effort to deliver maximum impact.
    - You may be able to develop grace under extreme duress, and will certainly become more adaptable.

    Cons

    - If support is poorly organised or absent, you can find yourself struggling and very isolated.
    - The workload is exceptionally high, and many schools have poor systems to address this.
    - Your experience will depend a great deal on variables that you cannot easily control (eg placement school, how well the behaviour policy is implemented and enforced, how supportive tutors and mentors are).
    - There can be -- though isn't always -- a culture of blame if you are struggling (eg 'if you are still having trouble with X it is because you aren't working hard enough, not because there are problems with the system').

  8. "LDP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Learn a great deal very quickly

    Cons

    Very challenging and a 'sink or swim' programme


  9. "University Recruitment"

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    Current Employee - University Recruiter in London, England
    Current Employee - University Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced
    Lots of learning opportunities
    Charitable
    Colleagues are selfless and motivated to work towards shared social outcomes

    Cons

    Workload, travel and hours ratio to compensation and benefits are very different at Officer level for Campus Attraction compared to the rest of the department and across the organisation

    Lack of actual paid progression opportunity internally


  10. "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Nice office
    - Very keen people work there

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, hard to get clarity. There are too many restructures and things are not always followed through. There are 'favourites' and not everyone is treated fairly.