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Long unreasonable working hours for a teacher. Rewards here and there. Teachers leave every now and then so don’t take your kids there for consistency purposes. The education system is good though just that teachers leave when they get better offersNo benefits
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lots of Growth Opportunities

Good environment to grow your skills and job knowledge. Pro: growth, fosters a sense of responsibility ad\nd hard work.cons: lots of admin, pressure intensive environment
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  • Supportive environment
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
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  • Time and location flexibility
  • Trust in colleagues
  • General feeling of work happiness

Stressful but worth it.

What is the best part of working at the company?The culture and Professional developmentWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Admin is too much and therers pressure to perform in the classroomWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?The best place ever when it comes to that
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Good environment

Great team to work with.Good working hours.However on some days when the schools are closed you’re required to report to work everyday,as some people will be applying for the school,quotations and etc
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It was a very productive working experience, friendly staff and management. I enjoyed every moment and the pay is reasonable..good learning curve to gain experience.
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Going to work at Spark school was getting more and more demotivating. There’s just always work that never ends. Your spirits starts off high but then it rapidly decreases!
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Horrible horrible place to work

Absolute horrible place to work , no respect for boundaries - expect phone calls after hours and weekends. No support from management, they over work you and when you ask for help , tell you they would need to halve your salary to pay for someone to help . No respect from staff or parents . Worst experience of my career was working here , best experience was when I left the company. Avoid working here at all costs




Horrible management, long hours, no boundaries
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Start day at 7 and end at 4 and you are expected to do so much in a day

Overworked There's always never ending meeting . It might be good for someone without any experience I did not enjoy my stay there because so many people are involved in your classroom teaching


Their recruitment process is good


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Let go because I was too expensive

SPARK Schools terminated my contract with them because they said that I was too expensive. They could not afford to keep me any longer.Management is terrible. They treat you like a robot and not like a human.The working hours are too long.


No pros


Long hours, terrible management.
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Toxic environment

Working hours were long.Leaders don't care about employees. They have unrealistic expectations The school always change curriculum which affects learning process. Scholars are pushed to another grade without knowing basic skills like writing on the line.Parents are rude to staff and always complaining about small things.Admin is too much. No benefits.
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Toxic Environment

There's always a lack of accountabilityManagers want to be bossesYou stay in one positionParents feel entitled You do other people's workWorking with the kidsLeadership is very thankless
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Spark Culture it is totally different which. you develops person as a hole

It is a place where you are allowed to improve your skills, with high level of growth, Professional development and culture that accommodate everyone.


They provide free lunch on special occasions


8 office hours
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Great place to gain experience and skills

I enjoyed my time working at Sparks Schools it had days where it was challenging but overall happy that I got an opportunity to get employment and fair pay after graduation.
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Working hard

Long school day for staff and learners.No extra-curricular activities for learners.Often work overtime to finish admin tasks - coming in early and leaving late.Options to go for leadership training to be put in managerial roles.A lot of professional development for teachers but for staff who have been there for a while it can be repetitive training. A lot of young staff - fresh out of university.A sense of team-work amongst staff - making friends is easy.Experience of being overwhelmed and over-worked at times.


Professional Development for teachers. Fun team-building. Can go to management for any support.


Overtime needed to finish tasks. Long hours for staff and learners.
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Very fun and innovative work place

I loved how they modernized the culture is at SPARK. It is a fun working environment for both scholars and the teachers. It is very family oriented and there is constant communication between teachers and the parents.


Free training


Long hours
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Good team work from colleagues

Long hoursA learning environment it has its own challenges but if you are a hard working teacher you can do it. However, too much administration done by teachers from marking and etc.
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Toxic workplace

Favoritism with school leadership and constant gossip from leadership there is growth opportunities especially if you are a student,they could also improve with being more empathetic.
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Worst School to work for

School that is a business, only numbers matter.If you want to DUMP your child to get rid of them, then SPARKS is the schoolNever take your child here!!! You are putting your child to drown!School only made for HIGH ABILITY SCHOLARS!
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Growth opportunity

Good if you are looking to grow.Management is very poor.Long working hours that can even take up your weekend time.Too much absenteeism from teachers.


Sometime free food


Too much cover for other teachers
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Development opportunities and high pressured

Vibrant and energetic culture. Collaborative environment. High pressured and data driven.It is a very tough environment with many opportunities to pull through.


Growth and development opportunities. Fun environment


Long hours and high pressured
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Peaceful working environment and caring

Spark school midrand is a greatest environment they treat people with respect and love they also give support in everything , it's a place where you can tell people about and the leadership are people who can share with them your problems actually everything it's fine I feel like I'm home 😊
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Based on 56 reviews

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2,5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2,6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2,6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2,5 out of 5 stars for Management
2,8 out of 5 stars for Culture
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