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Teach First Reviews

Updated Aug 20, 2019

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3.8
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Pros
  • "The training and support on this programme is outstanding(in 15 reviews)

  • "Teach first provides training and pays for the initial teacher training(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work life balance but they are changing this for next year(in 11 reviews)

  • "Long hours and terrible work life balance(in 8 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Great role but bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Some great people passionate about improving the lives of young people. Great perks include flexible working/work from home, vitality healthcare and associated employee perks, office shuts for Christmas also.

    Cons

    Some very bad managers who promote 'friends' opposed to staff who have made great professional achievements. Not a very diverse workforce either.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you make a manager - there are specific skills associated with great managers. If the managers you appoint cause your employees to leave, you should rethink these decisions.

    Teach First2017-09-29
  2. "Teach First participant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach First

    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).

    Teach First2016-10-13
  3. "Best company"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team and very inclusive.

    Cons

    Competitive/ Target based with some pressure

    Teach First2019-08-20
  4. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager 

    I worked at Teach First part-time

    Pros

    World class training and support

    Cons

    Competitive/ Target based with some pressure

    Teach First2019-07-25
  5. "Education"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager 

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    - colleagues are brilliant. - location is great.

    Cons

    - can take time to get decisions through.

    Teach First2019-07-31
  6. "Beware of mini lesson"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good if you don’t want to stay in teaching

    Cons

    Bad work life balance Placed in most challenging schools with little support

    Advice to Management

    Be less pushy in recruiting trainees, it comes across desperate and people get put off

    Teach First2019-07-21
  7. "The training programme is intence but totally worth it"

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The training program really prepares you with knowledge of how approach various situations

    Cons

    - The application process takes time - IT issues with emails not being received of deadlines that need to be met

    Teach First2019-07-03
  8. "Intense at times but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Barking, London, England

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

    Pros

    Highly rewarding, fast paced usually, fairly straightforward job

    Cons

    Not very intellectually stimulating, depends GREATLY on which school you're placed in

    Teach First2019-06-01
  9. "Outstanding"

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The training and support on this programme is outstanding. One of the few, if only programmes where you probably will make friends for life. Excellent opportunities provided via the summer projects scheme.

    Cons

    The experience one has hinges on the individual school you are placed at, Teach First are well known to step in on behalf of its participants however.

    Advice to Management

    Don't dilute the programme, Teach First still attracts many top graduates through the prestige it has. I firmly believe that the kind of talent Teach First has attracted for years would would dissipate if this prestige were to be lost.

    Teach First2019-05-26
  10. "Fun experience!"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Valuable experience, loved the training day!

    Cons

    Not much structure, sometimes too much left on your own, role not always interesting

    Teach First2019-05-23
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