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  1. Teach First LDP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First

    Pros

    Excellent teacher training in the first year Feel that you are part of something bigger than yourself. Career progression can happen quicker in TF schools...

    Cons

    ...but this is because of high turnover in these schools as they are tough workplaces (and not actually because of the kids).Much less support available in the second year Not a great salary for the first year but this the government and schools' fault rather than TF's Not always sent to your best fit school

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. I worked at Teach First part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -heiped the youth in less priviledged communities to engage with other peers.assisted in night shelter by serving meals at a centre to people who sleep rough and prepare for them were to sleep.built purposeful relationships by providing one to one support to special needs children.

    Cons

    shortage of staff as staff cover has to be called out for cover.at night shelters youth can turn up in big numbers this then puts a strain on available resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training for new volunteers is needed in order to be be able to deal with challenging behaviours.safe guarding policies should be made aware to new staff members by providing on going training when recruiting staff.

  3. Maths teacher

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    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Teach First

    Pros

    Great responsibility from a very early stage - opportunity to empower young children and make a difference to the lives of young people by encouraging young enthusiastic graduates to teach children in underprivileged areas

    Cons

    baptism of fire when teaching children, as you are thrown in at the deep end. very hard work for the pay teachers receive - however, it's a great cause for social good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Loved working for TF!

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Teach First

    Pros

    Regular training, communication
    Good pay for Uni job
    Opportunity to be creative and work independently
    Good start if want to get into teaching and on Leadership Development Programme

    Cons

    None, very content with experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps offer a fast track option for Brand Managers who wish to pursue a career with Teach First but not necessarily on LDP?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Focused more on recruiting grads than addressing educational disadvantage

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    Okay part time job whilst studying. You can encourage people who otherwise wouldn't have considered teaching to do the LDP and influence many people's education

    Cons

    Focused too much on targets and numbers to allow brand managers to customise the experience to their university and focus on what interests them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the mission and the means will sell itself

  7. Maths Teacher at Teach First

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    Current Employee - Maths Teacher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Maths Teacher in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You get thrown into the job straight away, getting first hand experience and a chance to learn and develop very quickly. You are earning and learning simultaneously, which is always helpful. There are continuous opportunities for CPD. Due to steep learning curve you undertake - career progression is extremely rapid and participants are always held in high esteem.

    Cons

    Maintaining a work-life balance depending on the school you work at can be quite difficult. Assignments are expected to be completed during the holidays meaning you never have as much time off as you think. The profession itself can be extremely strenuous mentally, physically and emotionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The summer institute could have had sessions focusing on maintaining well-being of teachers. The returners week did not have to be as long as times Leeds felt extremely drawn out - perhaps there could have been simultaneous sessions held in various major cities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Physics Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teach First Particpant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teach First Particpant in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great CPD and mentoring.
    - Meet some amazing people and colleagues.
    - Rewarding to see pupils progress.

    Cons

    - Initial work-life balance hard to maintain.
    - Very little initial training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Ensure that the LDOs provide good CPD during early teaching experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Best thing about them is how they market themselves - just an agency to connect you with schools that can be awful

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    Current Employee - Teach First Particpant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teach First Particpant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great reputation amongst other companies, lots of responsibility from the start, lots of skills are built, colleagues at other schools say that sometimes there can be good training

    Cons

    Massively overworked (70 - 80 hours a week), underpaid, the quality of training varies wildly between the placement that you get, not enough support if you have trouble at your school, you do not know what you're doing at the start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not place teachers in new schools where there are not systems in place to learn from, develop a better system of reallocating teachers who have a management trying to get rid of TeachFirst

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. Every placement is different...

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    Former Employee - Participant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Participant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Teach First full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Support from other teach first participants, students you get to work with, summer institute, weekend leadership workshops, a good way to get your PGCE training paid for. Teach First managers are very good, but the school where you are placed can vary wildly. You may be lucky and get a great one, or it might be a nightmare...

    Cons

    Colleagues in placement school may be very wary of you and unsupportive. You may be placed somewhere you do not want to live which adds to an already stressful situation. My advice would be only do this if you really want to be a teacher, NOT to get into something else afterwards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. variable depending on the school placement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First

    Pros

    Teacher training; idealistic; links to companies

    Cons

    Class sitting than teaching; long hours for low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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