Teach First Reviews

Updated 15 Sep 2020

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Pros
  • "Flexible working hours, large potential for contributions to projects(in 11 reviews)

  • "Agile working was useful, childcare options were a top focus(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "good summer institute"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maths Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    summer institute was very helpful

    Cons

    first year salary is a bit meh..

  2. "A good company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Teach First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really exciting opportunities available with partnering companies, amazing training provided at the London HQ, good salary.

    Cons

    Top down communication that was at times unclear, restrictive branding guidelines which stifled creativity and at times felt unreasonable. Not enough commitment to diversity.


  3. "Supportive but challenging environment for growth"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Salaried route Personalised support Immersive learning environment Links to corporate partners

    Cons

    Time-consuming A lot more responsibility than other teacher training

  4. "Good experience, training and exposure to people."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Bath, England

    I worked at Teach First part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, large potential for contributions to projects.

    Cons

    Difficult to manage workload with too small a team ( unlikely at universities with a large Teach First presence)

  5. "Strong leadership development training as an educator"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great talent and training providers

    Cons

    Highly intensive and challenging and very dependent on your placement

  6. "Strong social purpose"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    good ceo, strong outlook, core values

    Cons

    too much support - too many people to talk to and a bit disorganised with regards to the it facilities

  7. COVID-19

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - University Recruiter 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Offer agile, flexible and independent working. You feel really valued by people in senior management roles. They have been open and transparent with colleagues about changes during covid19 and have offered lots of support with working from home. Strong team culture with opportunities to build positive relationships with colleagues in your team. Company laptop for remote working and generous expense allowance for working away from the office. Lots of opportunities to progress in role and develop skills in line with our career goals.

    Cons

    Lots of travelling to events around the country although this is done by train and full expenses are covered. Long hours during very busy recruiting periods impacting work/life balance but then lots of down time during summer and quieter periods.

  8. "Generally a positive experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexibility for all staff, particularly parents, ethos of trying to do better at all times, purpose and values driven

    Cons

    over-commitment to everything meant intense busy-ness

  9. "Mixed bag"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and flexible working policies Personally, I had some really excellent managers while there Good colleagues New CEO (since 2017) has done a lot to improve the organisation

    Cons

    Much of the IT team is quite poor - this may have improved since I left, but while I was there, internal systems were an utter mess Restructurings were very frequent (once every 2 years on average) It's not much fun if you are in your twenties - most of your colleagues have families and work from home on Fridays, so work socialisation is not amazing

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  10. "Very varied experience depending on your placement school"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maths Teacher in Southend-on-Sea, England

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Training, being part of a cohort of other teachers across the country faster trajectory to leadership positions later in career

    Cons

    Massively different experience to others on the programme depending on the school Be prepared to be placed anywhere in the country - I was placed in "East London" and ended up teaching at a school in Essex

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