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We are committed to providing the best service we can and to being excellent in all that we do, but we recognise that our practices could always be improved. When we fall short of the high standards we set for ourselves, we would like to hear about it. We take all feedback seriously – both good and bad – and treat all feedback as an opportunity to develop.

Our commitment to you

We will strive to ensure that complaints are:

  •     acknowledged promptly;
  •     taken seriously and properly investigated;
  •     dealt with confidentially and fairly;
  •     responded to appropriately;
  •     learned from.

How to make a complaint

We consider a complaint to be an expression of dissatisfaction about the standards of service, actions or lack of action by CQC Foundation, our staff or anyone else involved directly in the delivery of our work.

If you would like to make a complaint to Teach First, please contact us using the email id below:


Complaints should be made within three months of the relevant incident. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to respond to a complaint that is older, although this is something we will decide at our discretion and on a case-by-case basis.

Please make sure you include your name, address and contact telephone number in your email   so we can get in touch with you easily. If you have a suggestion for how best to resolve the issues in your complaint, please also let us know. We want to reach the best possible outcome, and therefore we value your ideas as to how to achieve this.  

What we will do to respond to a complaint

We will acknowledge your complaint within 7 working days from receiving it and will send a formal response as quickly as we can, but within 15 working days.

From time to time, we may receive complaints about matters that we are not able to comment on (for example, matters that do not relate directly to CQC Foundation or our work). Additionally, there may be very rare occasions when we will choose not to respond to a complaint (for example, where someone unreasonably pursues a complaint that we have already responded to; where the person making the complaint is being abusive or offensive in their correspondence; or where the complaint is incoherent or has been made anonymously). We are a non for profit organisation and we have limited resources, and we have to be mindful of this at all times in responding to complaints.

What to do next if you have further questions or concerns

We are confident that we will be able to address your concerns and resolve your complaint in a way that you are satisfied with. If you are still unhappy, then please let us know and we will escalate the complaint to a more senior member of staff, who will carry out a review.