Teach First Reviews

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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
      Former Employee

      Learning and Development

      Nov 17, 2021 - Maths Teacher in London, England
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      Pros

      You learn so many skills teaching for 2 years.

      Cons

      Difficult behaviour of children in the TF eligible schools

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Nice people, slow moving bureaucracy

      Nov 24, 2021 - Teach First Mentor in Canterbury, England
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      Pros

      Many of the people I worked with were very nice. Provided very comprehensive training that was very thorough overall.

      Cons

      The bureaucracy was extensive and time-consuming. Aside from security checks, it sometimes felt like they could have stream-lined their processes.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Very good

      Nov 14, 2021 - Academic Mentor 
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      Pros

      Very good communication every term

      Cons

      None that I can think of

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      awesome

      Nov 13, 2021 - Academic Mentor in London, England
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      Pros

      good communication with mentees every term

      Cons

      none i can think of

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Positive experience

      Nov 7, 2021 - Camous Representative 
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      Pros

      Great management, flexibility and opportunities for development

      Cons

      Campus Representative role could be challenging for those who aren't used to public speaking or feel anxious around crowds and strangers

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Teach First leadership development programme

      Oct 26, 2021 - Science Teacher in Birmingham, England
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      Pros

      Challenging role, great colleagues, good level of responsibility

      Cons

      No choice in location, long hours

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Not for the faint hearted

      Nov 2, 2021 - Teach First Trainee Teacher in London, England
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      Pros

      Get paid to learn to teach. Get a 2 year contract.

      Cons

      Expect 10+ hour days at school, a long commute either side, and working from home in the evenings and on weekends. The kids need a lot of additional help and support in the schools you are placed in but often the funding isn’t there to support them. So then you are left with extra responsibility. The children need expert teachers. Not novices. Expect overwhelm from the start. I thought I was tough and would be able to take it in my stride. I was wrong. You will lose your voice. You will have a never ending to do list. I thought I was organised before. It turns out I was wrong.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Professional organisation and good people

      Oct 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great flexibility and mission focus.

      Cons

      Too many parts to organisation, not always working towards the same end.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Review

      Oct 26, 2021 - Teacher of Maths 
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      Pros

      Very intensive will make a you a good teacher quite quickly

      Cons

      Sink or swim environment. Your experience will depend on which school you are placed in and what support the school offers. Tecah First has to balance their relationship to you and the school and they are not in the school everyday making some situation awkward

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Review

      Oct 11, 2021 - Workplace Coordinator in London, England
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      Pros

      Team is great and welcoming people

      Cons

      No development in any role or actual progression

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