The Michaela Sixth Form is now open

Michaela 6th continues the school’s tradition of academic excellence, high standards and exceptional outcomes for students. For September 2021, we are looking for applicants who aspire to get into Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities in the UK and across the world. You can find out more about the Sixth Form at www.michaela6th.co.uk__

What our parents say

“Couldn’t be more happy and relaxed about my choice as Michaela as first on my application list last year – can’t wait for my son to join his sister at Michaela next year! Michaela is UNIQUE we’re so lucky to have the Michaela team in Brent! Thank you to all the Michaela team.” “My son was one of the students …

Article by Education Editor, Camilla Turner

More than half of state school pupils failing to achieve ‘strong pass’ in English and maths GCSEs Camilla Turner, EDUCATION EDITOR  – 17 OCTOBER 2019  More than half of pupils are failing to achieve a “strong pass” their English and maths GCSEs, official figures show, three years after exam reforms were introduced. At state schools in England, 57 per cent …

Bunsen Blue – Designing a Science Curriculum

Designing a Science Curriculum: my #rEDRugby talk On Saturday 9th June, I was lucky enough to attend and speak at my first reserachED in Rugby, hosted at the stunning Rugby School, by the marvellous Jude Hunton. Here, I share my talk with some additional thoughts I didn’t have time to explain. This talk represents my vision for a curriculum. Introduction I …

Bunsen Blue – Observations at Michaela

Observations at Michaela APRIL 10, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE The culture of observations at Michaela is truly phenomenal. It provides a structure conducive to genuine improvement and honest reflection. Observations at Michaela are frequent, low-stakes and random. Since starting in September (around 24 teaching weeks), I have been observed around 70 times by other Michaela teachers. That’s right – 70! Observers …

Bunsen Blue – Retrieval Cues: Do Your Questions Help or Hinder

Retrieval Cues: Do Your Questions Help or Hinder? MARCH 19, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE It’s so easy, when we really want our pupils to answer a question correctly, that we give them cues to help them reach the answer. Sometimes we see our pupils still struggling and we become tempted to offer them a just-a-few more cues to help them get there. …

The Sites of Memory – History at Michaela

History at Michaela  MARCH 6, 2018 / MIKE TAYLOR The weekend before last, I spoke at the West London Free School History Conference. The event was a superb gathering of history teachers and it was a real privilege to be able to share some of our Michaela insights. I thought it would be a nice idea for me to summarise …

Bunsen Blue – The Influence of Michaela

The Influence of Michaela FEBRUARY 26, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE I started teaching at Michaela Community School in September 2017. Learning about, applying to and joining Michaela has permanently transformed my view of education forever. Learning about Michaela has been like constantly learning new threshold concepts: my view of the world dramatically changes with each new embedded idea, and I acquire …

To Learn is to Follow – We’re squeamish about scripture

We’re squeamish about scripture FEBRUARY 10, 2018 / JHCPORTER Every teacher should look at Eton’s ‘King’s Scholarship’ exam. It reminds you what is possible. It’s the exam that boys take at the age of 13 if they want to stand a chance of becoming a ‘King’s Scholar’ (named after the school’s founder, Henry VI) and live in ‘College’ (the oldest …

Bunsen Blue – Explanation, Feedback and Practice

Explanation, Feedback & Practice FEBRUARY 9, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE Recently, I was observed by a member of my SLT (the wonderful @BrettWYale), and he gave me some feedback that sparked a brilliantly clarifying conversation. In this post, I want to share my reflections on this discussion. During the lesson, I was teaching my Year 9s why simple covalent substances have …