Teach First Reviews

Updated 9 Jun 2021

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Pros
  • "Flexible working, Caring management, great work life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • "Excellent agile working arrangements(in 10 reviews)

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

  • "Work life balance varies between schools(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Supportive and great network

      9 Jun 2021 - Teacher in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Leadership development - strong skills established

      Cons

      Demanding and highly draining to learn on the job (emotionally and physically).

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not for the faint hearted

      6 Mar 2021 - Geography Teacher (LDP) in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      - Generally supportive and useful training throughout the programme. - Very social experience, particularly during Summer Institute. - Reasonable level of support offered. - Support with moving to a new area and finding flatmates who are also doing the LDP.

      Cons

      - Experience is hugely dependant on which school you end up in. - Lots time consuming, seemingly-arbitrary box ticking exercises for Teach First. - Appalling salary in first year. - Lots of unpaid, out-of-hours work. - Behaviour from pupils can be difficult to deal with, especially in the first year. - Essays are very long (6,000 words twice an academic year) and time-consuming. Don't expect to 'relax' over the holidays, you'll be spending most days essay writing. - The summer internships with big companies (pwc, accenture, etc...) have relatively few places reserved for TF participants and are consequently extremely competitive. Don't think that Teach First have reserved these places for its teachers.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      An excellent place to work

      28 May 2021 - Fundraising in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Ambitious, passionate people. Values lead organisation. Super flexible ad agile.

      Cons

      I can't think of any.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great place to work in all aspects

      26 Apr 2021 - Recruiter in Greenwich, England, England
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      Pros

      Salary, recognition, benefits, always taking on feedback and working to be better, trust, transparency

      Cons

      Lots of opportunity for secondments, job swapping but a lot of side stepping between roles

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      Teach First Response

      Head of Employee Experience and Development

      Hi - thanks for the review. We're really happy that you're enjoying your time here and feel able to give us feedback on what we can do better, keep it coming!

    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good work life balance but no progression

      13 May 2021 - Recruiter in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Agile working Supportive work life balance

      Cons

      Career progression Pay Lack of diversity in workforce

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good company

      11 May 2021 - Academic Mentor in Bermondsey, England, England
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      Pros

      Secure employment and good communication

      Cons

      You don't get to choose your school

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing opportunity

      3 May 2021 - Teacher 
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      Pros

      Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted a challenge!

      Cons

      Was a tough few years for sure!

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great organisation, strong sense of purpose - excellent staff

      6 Mar 2021 - Programmer Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Excellent work flexibility. For the third sector, the benefits/ policies are very forward thinking and people centric. Inspiring, fast paced organisation. CEO is an incredible leader - someone who inspires and to really aspire to.

      Cons

      Lack of development/ progress opportunities. CEO is incredibly inspiring, but there’s a leadership vacuum elsewhere across senior leadership. Lack of diversity, especially in leadership (although there is a lot of work being done in this area)

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Challenging but rewarding

      30 Apr 2021 - Leadership Development Program 
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      Pros

      High quality teacher training Good support

      Cons

      Challenge Experience can vary depending on school

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Agile

      19 Apr 2021 - Data Operations in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good company spirit and opportunities for staff. Have had good agile working options for a long time.

      Cons

      Nothing major. I enjoyed my time there.

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      Teach First Response

      Head of Employee Experience and Development

      Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. It's great to hear that you had a good time working with us. Agile working is something that's really important to us - so that everyone can fit their work around life. We're glad you were able to make use of it. We hope your new role is working well for you too.

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