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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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The Department for Education (UK) Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove
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  1. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School English in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School English in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For knowledge and developmental purposes. To extend and discover the world on creativity and new skills

    Cons

    that one will be far from home, getting to learn and adapt to new environment, new culture.

    Advice to Management

    The management must be able to manage diversity, have an understanding that working with different people need that passion to lead


  2. "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work as a teacher

    Cons

    Nothing to say that is bad!

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Good to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Good hours with decent pay

    Cons

    Needs more management to get better


  4. "Secondary teacher (Teach First)"

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    Current Employee - Geography Teacher
    Current Employee - Geography Teacher
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Each day is different and you get to build rapport with students/staff very quickly, particularly if you work in a smaller school.
    The reward of imparting knowledge to the next generation.
    Teach First offers a lot of support both during and after the programme.
    Lots of opportunity for middle leadership etc particularly in poor performing schools.

    Cons

    Bad decisions made at the top level.
    Poor behaviour from students and a lack of support from parents.
    Marking workload.
    Paltry starting salary as an unqualified teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritise discipline for students. It will both help boost staff morale and student attainment.


  5. "Interesting but stifling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Good progression, interesting work and decent benefits

    Cons

    Micro-management, rigid structures and process


  6. "perks of the job if you find them!"

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    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good if you get a trainee teacher which frees up time and lessons
    can organise foreign trips
    pay progression isnt too difficult

    Cons

    workload, marking is excessive
    working hours 12 per day!

    Advice to Management

    marking and teaching hours need looked at


  7. "Depends on the team - DevOps"

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    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Coventry, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours.
    There are friendly people you to meet.

    Cons

    All interesting work goes to contracts.
    Not actually DevOps. They are really just ops.
    Political - Very political place to work out, many reasons why people leave.
    Low Pay for the job

    Advice to Management

    Treat your member of staff fairly, don't see them a resources, they are people.

  8. "Flexible organisation with employees who are passionate about their job"

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    Current Employee - G6 Finance Business Partnering in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - G6 Finance Business Partnering in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements; opportunities for progression; many different areas to work in; support for professional development; colleagues who are proud of the job we do.

    Cons

    Recently gone through many different reorgs- some not for the better; civil service pay restrained by 1%; long hours with no additional compensation


  9. "Because I have to"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Work is meaningful, conditions are good and with a reasonable benefits package, time off, and pension

    Cons

    Organisation is hierarchical and due to nature of politics, you can spend time working on things that may be reversed suddenly.


  10. "employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    they have flexible hours of working

    Cons

    you are working for the civil service


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