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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated March 20, 2018
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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. "An apprenticeship for aspirational people"

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    Current Employee - Fast Track Apprentice - Software Testing in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fast Track Apprentice - Software Testing in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to meet a range of people

    Clear progression paths

    Good employee benefits

    Well paid for an apprentice

    Flexible working

    Cons

    Slow on-boarding process - between 6 months and a year from point of application to start day.

    Slow start to the work flow - due to the technical nature of software programming


  4. "Nice people bonkers ministers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Canteen is great and people were lovely. Good location easy to reach. Colleagues always happy to share knowledge and collaborative.

    Cons

    Dealing with ministers and SPADS complete madness and more than a little frustration trying to get things done. Admin burden very high .

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganising


  5. "Worklife balance"

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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

    Worklife balance and collaboration us very good

    Cons

    This is a Policy heavy department


  6. "Working on something that matters"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director
    Former Employee - Deputy Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking department, generally well organised and supportive of people

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Inefficiencies caused by everything needing to go through several layers

    Advice to Management

    Release the ingenuity of your people by giving them more freedom to take risks


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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