Humanities and Economics Teacher
Date posted: 24th January 2020
Start date: Sept 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Inner London Pay Scale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes
To apply: Please send a covering letter along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include answers to these questions:
1. Why do you want to teach Humanities and Economics at Michaela?
2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?
Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Our Progress 8 is 5th in the country, and our GCSE results are exceptional (e.g. 27% of students achieved a grade 9 in maths). 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.
We have some of the best GCSE results in the country with over half of our exams graded 7 or above. We opened our highly academic Sixth Form in 2019 and our intention is for most of our students to go to a Russell Group university.
We are looking for a Humanities and Economics Teacher with exceptional subject knowledge, either through their degree (e.g. Economics, PPE or E&M) or through tutoring/teaching Economics A-level in the past. Economics has been one of the most popular subjects in the sixth form, with almost half of pupils taking it; it is an exciting time to join a small and growing department. Students have been competing in the Student Investor Challenge and we are ready to expand the extra-curricular offer. There will be the opportunity to work with students on Oxbridge and Russell Group admissions, should this be something you can offer.
We teach a mastery curriculum, covering fewer topics each year, and doing so in real depth. The expectation is that Humanities teachers at Michaela will teach all 3 Humanities subjects to Years 7 and 8, but remember, with the resourcing and the bulk of planning done for you, this isn’t difficult. In History, we teach a chronological curriculum starting with the fall of the Roman Empire, 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.
We are looking for someone with a lot of personality, someone who wants to own their classroom and have vibrant and authentic relationships with their students. We want teachers who are conscientious, enjoy being with teenagers, and love to see students’ success. Our students work hard in lessons and at home, driven by their teachers’ ambitious expectations of them. Our excellent behaviour systems allow teachers to be themselves, and be as innovative as they like. The economics department is open-minded and rigorous, always looking for ways to improve.
The Humanities team have written some blogs about teaching Humanities at Michaela, which you can read here:
You will get the chance to really think about what makes for great teaching. You will also become a better teacher…even if you think you are an ‘old hand’! Our behaviour systems are so consistently well-managed that, instead of worrying about low-level disruption, you are able to try out what works best for the students you are teaching. The relationships you can forge with students, and the learning you can foster in your classroom, are exceptional. With only 120 pupils to a year group in KS3/4, and small A-level classes, every adult can (and does) know every pupil by name, creating a strong sense of belonging.
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.
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.
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.