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Humanities Teacher, History Specialist
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Humanities Teacher, History Specialist

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Michaela Community School


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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
January 2018
Apply by:
17 September 2017

Job overview

Michaela Community School is an exciting new free school that opened in September 2014. A vibrant and energetic team, our intention is to transform the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world.

Currently, we have 480 pupils, years 7, 8, 9 and 10. As we are growing every year (840 pupils at full capacity including a Sixth Form), there will be a lot of opportunities for promotion and development. In September 2018, we will have 600 pupils. In 2020, we will have over 800 pupils, including our Sixth Form. 

We teach a knowledge-based curriculum built on cutting-edge insights from cognitive science. Our teaching approaches have been influenced by ground-breaking charter schools in the American inner cities and we are driven by a desire to get the best possible results for all our pupils. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. Senior Team run centralised detentions twice daily so that consequences are immediate and teachers are not chasing absent detainees. In October, we offer pupils and staff a two-week half term.

We don’t offer lessons in ICT, DT, Citizenship or take children out of lessons for intervention. Intervention happens in form time or after school. We believe in keeping marking to a minimum and so normal, decentralised written homework does not happen at Michaela.

We want to hire a Humanities teacher who is a specialist in history. The expectation is that Humanities teachers at Michaela should teach all 3 subjects at KS3. Resources are provided for you, so this is not the usual Humanities teaching experience that happens in other schools. In a school where behaviour is superb, it is possible to teach well in this way. Beyond KS3, our humanities teachers teach within their subject specialism. All of our pupils take the AQA GCSE History.

Thanks to how teaching is organised, you will see your classes every day. As a consequence, the relationships you can forge and the learning you can foster are exceptional. In history, we teach a chronological curriculum starting with ancient civilisations going right up to the present day. In geography, we ensure that pupils have a thorough mastery of British, European and world place before learning about geographical processes. And in religion, our pupils encounter the most famous stories in the Bible before learning about the major faiths. If you are naturally inquisitive about human culture, with a passion for passing it on to every child, Michaela is for you.

The Humanities team have written some blogs about teaching Humanities at Michaela, which you can read here:






There is no other school like it in the country. Check out our website and see what we are all about! www.mcsbrent.co.uk

You are also very welcome to visit the school. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. 

Our staff have written a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Teachers. Michaela teachers, from founders to classroom teachers to senior leaders, lead readers through different methods and aspects of what makes Michaela unique.

Some of our staff are on Twitter. Check them out! 





To register your interest please send a covering letter (no more than 3 sides in Arial font, point 12) along with the TES application form.

Please include answers to these questions:

1. Why teach Humanities at Michaela?

2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos? 

Closing date for applications: 18th September 2017

Suitable candidates will be interviewed promptly upon receipt of application. The closing date will be brought forward in the event that the post is filled.   

At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales. If you would like to discuss the position with one of our teachers, please email Head of Humanities, Jonathan, at JPorter@mcsbrent.co.uk

Michaela Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS and/or provide police checks from other countries, where appropriate. Michaela Community School is an equal opportunities employer.

About Michaela Community School

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Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 in Wembley, and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. You may have heard of us: our Headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, is often in the news saying things that others find controversial but that we think are common sense. In 2023, our Progress 8 at GCSE was 2.37, the highest Progress 8 in the country. Nearly three quarters of our GCSE papers achieved a 7 to 9 grade. We also got 94% grade 5s in English and Maths. Our A level results were equally impressive with three quarters of our A-Level exams graded A* or A, and 75% of students went on to Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, Imperial and LSE.

The ambition of our vibrant and energetic team is to transform the lives of all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world by showing that a child’s home circumstances don’t have to be a barrier to exceptional success.


Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh

Values and vision

Michaela Community School in Brent has a special focus on self-discipline and knowledge. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. The school believes its task is to develop the whole child. Teachers encourage children to contribute to their wider community and to show compassion, consideration and kindness to all.

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