TeachFirst is a bit like marmite. Those who know it tend to love or hate it. As a TF alumni who went on to teach participants for several years at the Summer Institute, I’m a big fan of the programme. At the same time I realise it’s not perfect.
For this reason I constantly try and balance my views by reading articles for and against it, and when I do hear complaints I try and think through ways TF can improve. The organisation is committed to improving too, and does listen. For two years I sat on the participant liaison committee and we bent their ears about ways they should improve (many of which happened). Management there will soon tell you that even after finishing the program I still bend ears when I can!
Below are the blogs which I so far think best capture arguments for or against…
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