SPARK Schools Employee Reviews

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Interesting
Analyst (Senior) (Current Employee) –  Rosebank, Gauteng23 April 2019
I only recently started so there isn't much to say. But it is an enjoyable place to work. They are lively and actively trying to change the educational industry in the country, on the continent and across the globe.
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A growing, nurturing but sometimes demanding school network
Literacy Teacher (Current Employee) –  Johannesburg, Gauteng20 March 2019
Working at Spark is generally positive and you'll find the positive attitudes infectious. The schools strive to implement a unique blend of flipped classroom models, learning modalities and professional development.
The culture and focus on emotional growth is superb, however the schools are structured more to serve learners than teachers.
Striking that balance is something they should work on for the future to address the quick turnover rates of teachers who cannot cope with the adjustment.
Pros
Excellent opportunities for growth and learning, high energy and nurturing environment, clear and involved management teams
Cons
Hours longer than usual for primary schools, work/life balance may be difficult to attain, lots of change to adapt to very quickly
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Exhausting and Draining workplace
Assistant Principal (Former Employee) –  Gauteng15 March 2019
Mondays teachers work till 4pm and are given a 20 minute lunch break. During their lunch break, they have to drop their learners on the playground and then fetch them, so the 20 minute break is then only 10 minutes. No free time whatsoever for the teacher on Monday. The expectations get higher by management but salaries remain the same. Favoritism is high and the staff are disunited and do not collaborate as they have groups and each group or individual as their own agendas.The learners best interest is not really taken into consideration. The staff shows apathy and discourage others from working hard. The motto from the Principal is do not work hard but work smart.
Pros
Fridays leave at 3pm.
Cons
Long hours. Ridiculous expectations. Unprofessional and under qualified staff.
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Productive and Fun Working Place
Recruitment Dministrator (Former Employee) –  Johannesburg North, Gauteng13 December 2018
Spark schools in an amazing place to work where you are provided with opportunities to grow, great work culture and lively environment, It is a wonderful place for ambitious people.
Pros
Opportunity for growth
Cons
Salary could improve
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Great workplace
Grade 2 Maths Teacher (Former Employee) –  Midrand, Gauteng14 November 2017
Start the day with SPARKs fly (morning assesmbly) then transition to the first class at 8 which runs for an hour and 40 minutesthen a break for 20 minutes. Second class starts at 10 till 11.30 then the next class at 11.30 to 12.
Then it is LUNCH TIME for 40 minutes
After that I have the class I had before lunch for the next 40 minutes then another 30 minute break.
Last class starts at 2 until 3.30pm then it is dismissal where kids are sent home.
4pm it is prep time till 4.30pm.

I have learned to be productive and consistent during the course of the long day, the hardest part was to stay focused especially when I just started. The working environment was great,communication has always been amazing.
Pros
2 breaks
Cons
Long hours
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Goal Oriented place of work
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Bramley, Gauteng10 August 2017
It is a school introducing a peculiar way of learning for the coming generations. I've learnt hard work, diligence, implementing new ideas and working at a fast pace.
Pros
Private School
Cons
Long hours
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Intense focus on scholar safety and academic achievement.
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Maboneng29 September 2016
Long hours but the work pays off at the end when the efforts put in have impressive results. Strong team work and great team spirit.
Pros
Teaching, ease of following material, growth potential
Cons
Long hours, lack of teacher focus
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