Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
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. 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 French 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. The Michaela approach to teaching French is like nothing you have ever seen before. We turn so-called ‘good practice’ on its head. As a result, our pupils’ accents are stunning, their written accuracy is superb and the complexity of their language is unparalleled. From the beginning of year 7, all pupils use Past, Reasons, Opinions, Future and Subjunctive (PROFS) with aplomb. By the middle of Key Stage 3 our pupils can understand and use French of a standard that is more commonly seen in Sixth Forms. Our approach is simple: no games, no pictures, no group work. For the first time in your career, you’ll feel like a real French teacher. If you love the French language, if you love kids, if you love a giggle and are willing to jettison all of those ‘outstanding’ habits, come and see us at Michaela. Vous serez époustouflé!
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.
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.
About Michaela Community School
At Michaela, we believe all pupils, whatever their background, have a right to access the best that has been said and thought. This includes a variety of writers, from all parts of the world, and thinkers from all the ages. The curriculum ensures that pupils are knowledgeable enough about the world around them to transform it in the future.
The education provided at Michaela is broadly traditional and academically rigorous. We expect our pupils to be polite and obedient. We encourage competition and allow our pupils to win and lose. We believe that knowledge about the world is central to our pupils’ success. Only when they have acquired this knowledge will they be ready to lead and participate as full citizens.