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Teach First Reviews

Updated 14 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Teach first provides training and pays for the initial teacher training" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Agile working was useful, childcare options were a top focus" (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. "Teach First"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Student in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct route in to teaching, great for people who are not looking to study for a PGCE.
    Great network with large corporate firms.

    Cons

    An intensive training programme.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "First Year of LDP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Get a lot of hands on classroom experience very fast.

    Cons

    Schools and support within them vary massively.
    Worklife balance is awful.
    High workload, lots of stress.

  3. "LDP review"

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

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    training on the job
    free PGDE
    great colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of communication of key things
    inexperienced mentors
    work life balance

    Advice to Management

    sort it out


  4. "Not what it's advertised as"

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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

    get to work with some nice students

    Cons

    - little financial support when uprooting to move to allocated region
    - expected to have no life for 2 years, holidays spent doing coursework
    - training days on weekends (which when you are teaching you need to recover)
    - schools are sometimes unsupportive of you being there
    - this is a teaching program, the modules in leadership were pretty pants and didn't make me any better as a leader- this is just a scheme to get cheap teachers into schools


  5. "Great way to start teaching"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Current Employee - Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teach first provides training and pays for the initial teacher training. Lots of networking and opportunity

    Cons

    The quality of the mentoring depends on the school and the area... Rural areas are not as well supported as others.


  6. "Senior Programme Officer"

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

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Agile/ flexible working hours and vision engagement days with opportunity to visit various schools to see first-hand the challenges in education

    Cons

    Management staff has poor leadership, very hectic decision-making process


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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