• Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    12 May 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    26 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (One year)
Competitive based on skills and experience

Job summary

School 21’s mission is to empower young people to change the world and delivering a rigorous, relevant and powerful History education is central to that mission. Recently our students have visited Berlin, debated in the Supreme Court, and questioned Oxford’s Regius Professor of History, and we are looking for teachers who are passionate to think big about what a History education can and should be. This is a great time to join a History team as we seek to build on strong exam results, deliver projects that give our students agency and continue to work to decolonialise the curriculum. Whether you are teaching sixth form History, or developing deep thinking in our secondary school, School 21 is a place where there is a rich and exciting mix of ideas about the best pedagogies and curriculum.

School 21 is a very special and different place to work in. We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. All staff have a tailored programme of professional development and we offer multiple routes to progression through subjects and pedagogies. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of the staff. In the Humanities faculty you will receive specific support and training to deliver Geography lessons at Key Stage 3 as well as development from experienced exam markers, training in our key oracy pedagogies, and thinking deeply about second order historical concepts.

Ideally you will have some experience teaching both GCSE and A Level History though we also welcome applications from NQTs. As a member of the History team you will be working within the Humanities faculty and will be expected, at Key Stage 3, to deliver History, Geography and combined Humanities lessons. In addition, there may be opportunities to teach Politics at Key Stage 5 dependent on experience. This is initially a one year contract.

Since we opened in 2012 we have put learning and teaching at the heart of everything we do. We have developed a unique approach to oracy including setting up a charity, Voice 21 (https://www.voice21.org/) which is already working with several hundred schools. We have also pioneered real world, interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with a network of extraordinary organisations: creative, artistic, high tech, professional.

At School 21 we believe that the purpose of education is to develop the whole child: head (academics), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, creating extraordinary authentic outcomes). School 21 has established a strong track record - an outstanding ofsted, excellent GCSE results and a growing reputation, for example being the first and only international case study chosen by US educators, Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/school/school-21.

There was strong recognition In the Ofsted for the ethos and approach of the school:

"Pupils across the school make exceptional progress."
"Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, impeccable manners and show respect for everyone.”
“Staff morale is exceptionally high. Teachers at the early stages of their career value the ‘fantastic’ professional development and opportunities to learn from each other. Those with more experience said that they have become much better teachers since joining the school.”
Through project-based learning "pupils achieve remarkable standards of work and demonstrated knowledge and skills at levels beyond those expected for their age group."
“Pupils talk and discuss with a maturity and confidence that is remarkable for their years."

The successful candidate will be:
• An excellent teacher and subject specialist
• Skilled at fostering independent, student-led learning
• A creative and deep thinker about pedagogy
• Innovative in using new technology to enhance learning
• A collaborative planner, able to work across subject disciplines
• Interested in developing the growth of every child – head, heart and hand

• 4 to 18 mixed, inclusive school in the heart of Stratford, Newham
• Cutting edge pedagogy and curriculum
• Small - only 80 children in each year group R - Y11 and 150 students in each year group Y12-13
• We have approval to set up two new schools in close proximity to School 21 which will give staff more opportunities to grow and develop - the first of these opens to students in September 2021.

• Outstanding career development and exceptional CPD
• Generous TLRs based on experience and skills
• The chance to network with outstanding practitioners and learn from the best
• Collaborative working across the 4 to 18 school
• Leadership training and development opportunities
• A strong feedback culture so that teachers can develop in areas of their practice that are important to them
• Every teacher being part of a team/circle that develops strategic practice

For more information see: www.school21.org.uk or e-mail Anne Shaker, HR Manager, at careers@school21.org.uk or call 020 8262 2121
To apply please visit the careers page at www.school21.org.uk
School 21 is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding children.

School overview

School type
Free School
Education phase
Primary, Secondary, 16-19
School size
1206 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email

About School 21

School 21 is a pioneering 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London, for girls and boys and children from all starting points and backgrounds. We are looking for the next cohort of teachers who want to continue to shape the school so that it stays at the forefront of innovation in education.

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in. We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. All staff have tailored programmes of professional development which results in extraordinary outcomes for the students. We offer multiple routes for progression through subjects and pedagogies. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff.

The mission of School 21 is to empower young people to take on the world. Through a rich curriculum of ‘head’, ‘heart’ and ‘hand’ we want children knowing a lot, understanding themselves and making things happen. Our ‘dialogic approach’ to teaching helps children learn through talk and learn to talk and give everyone a voice.

We think schools should be places where children craft stunning work with real products, for real audiences and as a result of real teacher collaboration. Over the past few years our students have created immersive theatre productions depicting the French and Russian revolutions, built mechanical toys bursting with scientific craft. They have spoken out about human rights, ran campaigns to improve the biodiversity of Stratford and charted local history through photographs and poetry. Student work has been critiqued by directors and historians, professors and artists. All work is displayed, celebrated and challenged at termly Exhibitions of Beautiful Work where children tell us their stories of learning, drawing on their deep wells of oracy and well-being.

School location

Pitchford Street, Stratford, E15 4RZ

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