English Language has been at the heart of School 21, a pioneering school for 4 to 18 year, since our opening six years ago. We are now looking for an inspirational and creative candidate to lead a brilliant team of English teachers who think deeply about their craft and deliver great outcomes for students. You will have the chance to shape the curriculum so that it continues to brings alive the finest literature and the most powerful ideas.
Writing is a particular focus as we seek to help young people develop as authors, exploring creativity, discernment and precision.
You will be responsible for ensuring that the interactions in the English classrooms
empower young people - so you will need to coach and support others whilst showing a high level of reflection on your own practice. You will be refining constantly, reading about and sharing good practice and you will believe passionately that if learning is prioritised, everything else falls into place. You will have the autonomy to be creative and the accountability regime to ensure the highest standards.
You will be responsible for the strategy, ethos and culture of the English team as it seeks to continue to deliver in every year group. As a middle leader in a school with a rich teaching and learning dialogue, you will also have a platform across departments, infusing the school with English language as well as supporting our ‘text-led’ well-being programme.
More broadly you will have the resources and support to develop programmes that bring English alive for all students: workshops and visits, speakers and curriculum days, partnerships with theatre companies, authors, playwrights and poets. We want someone who inspires children to read great literature, but also someone with an eye for detail in the teaching of language, grammar and fluency skills.
We have a unique focus on oracy (speaking) at School 21, believing it should be elevated to the same status as reading and writing. The dialogic classroom is where rich subject knowledge is allied to rigorous structures for discussion and deep thought. You will work with the Head of Oracy to embed intentional talk across the school.