Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 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 success.
We have some of the best GCSE results in the country with over half of our exams graded 7 or above. We have just opened our highly academic Sixth Form and our intention is for most of our students to go to a Russell Group university.
We are looking for a maths teacher with a lot of personality, someone who wants to own their classroom and have vibrant and authentic relationships with their pupils. We want teachers who are conscientious, enjoy being with children and love to see pupils’ success.
At Michaela, staff work together in departments to create shared resources. This makes last-minute planning a thing of the past. Your ideas on curriculum will have impact across your department because we work together, sharing good practice.
You will get the chance to really think about what makes for great teaching and learning. You will also become a better teacher…even if you think you are an ‘old hand’! Our behaviour systems are tightly managed, so instead of worrying about low-level disruption, you are able to try out what works best for the children you are teaching and have fun. The relationships you can forge with pupils and the learning you can foster in your classroom are exceptional. With only 120 pupils to a year group, every adult can (and does) know every pupil by name, creating a strong sense of belonging.
We teach a mastery curriculum, covering fewer topics each year, and doing so in real depth. For example, in year 7 we put a big focus on learning times-tables by heart (through Times Tables Rock Stars and Rolling Numbers) and total fluency with written procedures and choosing appropriate methods. In Year 8, for example, we focus on ensuring a high level of fluency and familiarity with algebraic processes, so that the children can then tackle interesting modelling problems with confidence in the ‘tools’ they are deploying.
There will be a lot of opportunities for promotion, and we invest in the development of our people. If you have heard of Michaela and feel a little intimidated, don’t be! There are a variety of people who teach here, all of them friendly and welcoming. We would love to hear from you.
Please note: not all members of the maths department are expected to teach A-level; this is an exciting additional opportunity for those who are ready to help our students to study maths or economics at top universities. If you do specialise in one of these areas, please indicate this clearly when applying.
The Maths team have written some blogs about teaching Maths at Michaela, which you can read here:
Mr Ting’s blog (maths teacher and Head of Y11) https://mathagogy.wordpress.com/
Ms Quinn’s blog (head of department) https://missquinnmaths.wordpress.com/page/1/
There is no other school in the country like Michaela. Check out our website and see what we are all about! www.mcsbrent.co.uk
You are also very welcome to visit the school – and we would recommend it. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Visitors often say that seeing the school in action changed their minds on a variety of topics and allowed them to see the school as it really is.
To register your interest, please send a covering letter along with the TES application form.
Please include answers to these questions:
1. Why do you want to teach Maths at Michaela?
2. Are you applying for a role in April or September 2020?
3. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?
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 Maths, Dani, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.