Do you want to be part of a team that will help inner-city children to do the seemingly impossible?
Michaela Community School is an exciting new free school that opened in September 2014. A young, dynamic 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.
In September 2017 we will 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. You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school.
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. Teachers have their own classrooms. 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. All of our teachers see pupils at least twice per week so that a bond is built between teachers and pupils. 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 are looking to recruit a Maths Teacher to start in September 2017. We teach a mastery curriculum, covering fewer topics in real depth. In year 7, we put a big focus on learning times tables and number bonds by heart. We make it fun: children chant their times tables around the school, at lunch and in the playground.
The Maths team have written some blogs about teaching Maths at Michaela, which you can read here:
We aim to achieve 5 good GCSEs in English and Maths for 100% of our pupils. If you want to work in an environment where you will really make a difference, Michaela is for you.
We would suggest you come to visit us to see how Maths works here. It really is different to anything you have seen before.
Thanks to how teaching is organised, you will see your classes at least six times per week, and more for the very weakest pupils. As a consequence, the relationships you can forge and the learning you can foster are exceptional.
If you are the type of person who fits with our culture, you will really love working here. There is no other school like it in the country. Check out our website and see what we are all about! Have a look at our school newspaper, published last year by our year 7s and year 8s. You can view the newspaper here: http://mcsbrent.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/michaela-matters-20141209-1229.pdf
You are also very welcome to visit the school – even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. We love to have people visit, to see just how well-behaved and kind our pupils are to each other.
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) and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include answers to these questions:
1. Why teach Maths at Michaela?
2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?
The closing date for this post is: Friday 17th February.
If you do not receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application, this means we have not received it, so please email it to us again. In the subject line please put the job title.
At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales and your salary will increase from what you currently earn. If you would like to discuss the position, more about the school and what it is like to work at Michaela with one of our teachers, please contact Dani (Head of Maths) at email@example.com
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.
Wembley Park, North London
Read more about our safer recruiting procedures here.