Michaela Community School
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 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 want to hire a Religion, preferably with an interest or abilitiy in Philosophy (although this is not essential). The expectation is that our humanities teachers at Michaela should teach all three humanities 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. However, we expect some flexibility from all of our teachers to be able to teach and resource beyond their specialism when the need arises.
Our pupils take the AQA GCSE Religious Studies specification, opting for the study of Christianity and Islam for 50% of the course, with the other 50% being philosophical and ethical themes. A-Level Theology and Philosophy teaching experience is desirable but not essential.
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.
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 and philosophy, our pupils encounter the most famous stories in the Bible before proceeding to the philosophy of religion, ethics and world religions. 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.
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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 Religion at Michaela?
2. 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 Humanities, Mike, 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.