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Updated August 6, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance but they are changing this for next year (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours and terrible work life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Teach First participant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working towards an important mission with a dedicated team of people.
    Learn fast and progress quickly.
    Paid teaching training route
    Meet great like-minded people along the way

    Cons

    Steep learning curve which includes very long hours (though this would be similar in other teaching routes).


  2. "Depends what you want out of it.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Structured, dedicated, extremely useful, educational, fascinating.

    Cons

    Intense, apolitical, alienating; requires a commitment which I don't think is well measured.

  3. "Leadership Development Programme"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Excellent way to train to be a teacher. Lots of support provided where needed. Lots of employable skills gained as a result.

    Cons

    Lack of choice on location. Some of their CPD sessions are too long. Poor work life balance but they are changing this for next year.

    Advice to Management

    Give more choice to participants on location. Support participants in their occasional battle with SLT (I know this is something that Teach First are also working on for next year).


  4. "Soul consuming"

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    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Paid route to teaching, nqt year gauranteed

    Cons

    Terrible school placements no support if bullied LDOs not involved and support school more, TEACH FIRST refused to provide me a basic character reference as current school didn't want to make me permanent so was job hunting that was last straw

    Advice to Management

    If your going to demand months weeks week ends and evenings from your participants at least provide a dam character reference to help their employment prospects after they had endured 2 years of bullying at school with no help from TF


  5. "Best route into teaching"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge amount of support from a network of passionate and motivated teachers

    Cons

    Not for the faint of heart

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome (Charley Berney)


  6. "Good intentions, varies by context"

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    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher
    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Core mission is admirable (participants and other employees do really want to help eradicate educational inequality), graduates are high calibre, most support roles care about participant progress and well-being

    Cons

    First year participants overworked and, inevitably, some support roles are much less helpful than others (and can just end up adding extra stress). Also huge variation by school


  7. "Professional and friendly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Excellent structure within the company as a whole, good communication with other employees and management, friendly but firm approach to work to create a excellent atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some managers are poorly trained and unable to offer guidance for things needed to do the job.

  8. "Hard work but would recommend"

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    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teach First Teacher in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - wider support network
    - opportunities post qualification
    - LDO helpful
    - PGCE paid for and decent salary
    - extra CPD and training opportunities

    Cons

    - no choice over placement school
    - TF and placement school did not always see eye-to-eye = tension
    - have to attend some weekend conferences
    - extra admin tasks for TF apart from the amount school requires

    Advice to Management

    More coaching would be great on opportunities post-qualification. TF promote the idea that any TF graduate will get first opportunities at interviews with certain companies - but the places are competitive and small in number.


  9. "Pot luck with school placement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Teach first are supportive.
    Good (if somewhat limited) training.
    Earn a PGCE whilst earning.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Experience depends entirely on where you are placed.
    Have to complete long essays in your time off
    very little work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Work more closely with schools to ensure participants are getting the support they require.


  10. "Travel First"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and varied, exactly what it says on the tin. Training is little and often.

    Cons

    Money poor, guilt trips from Teach First if you don't contribute to everything at conferences (even on weekends at 8pm). Locations are often isolated by nature.

    Advice to Management

    Make the training more suited to each individual candidate. Make more of the training events closer to where the locations are. Leaving at 4am to get to a training day on a Saturday in another county on a weekend is not really acceptable.


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