Teach First Reviews

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  1. Maths Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Support, atmoshphere, opportunities, and they genuinely care about your career.

    Cons

    Long hours, very low pay.

  2. 60 hours a week for poor money�� but very enjoyable if you're a workaholic!

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    Current Employee - Teach First Participant- Maths in Rhondda, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Teach First Participant- Maths in Rhondda, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Teach First

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I thought it would be developing relationships wort the pupils and watching them progress, but selfishly...
    Colleagues are great, time off is good, school days go so fast and the support I've had is the best.

    Cons

    The very worst thing is writing the assignments for your PGCE EVERY HALF TERM!
    There are more assignments than PGCE students with extra 2000 word reflective journals,
    A weekly reflection must be completed with targets.
    You have to go up to Leeds in your summer holiday to finalise your PGCE.
    PGCE students have a longer summer break.
    Many schools provide tougher experiences where the workload is doubled as they expect participants to plan a week ahead and produce lesson plans for approval- this isn't feasible and if it had happened to me Id have been out of there by now!
    The schools can be very difficult with poor leadership so you have to be very tough to cope with things without support sometimes.
    For maths, the pay is poor compare to all other options for maths graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Super Saturdays (training) are soul destroying after a full working week, taking up my planning day and leaving me with zero weekend. Luckily I found out these are no longer mandatory.

  3. The charity is fantastic but experience depends on your school and the level of support received.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - part of a bigger movement with a shared vision
    - support network
    - training
    - people you work with
    - a challenge

    Cons

    - your experience is entirely dependent on what school you are placed in and whether this suits you
    - level of support you receive can vary greatly

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  5. Teach First LDP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  6. 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 Management

    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.

  7. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  9. 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 Management

    Focus on the mission and the means will sell itself

  10. Maths Teacher at Teach First

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Physics Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

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