Primary Teacher

Salary: Inner London (competitive salary based on experience and skills)

Start date: September 2022

Contract: Permanent and maternity cover roles, full-time, subject to an enhanced DBS check 

School 21 is a pioneering 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London that is developing a rich curriculum and a range of exciting pedagogies. This is your chance to be part of a growing body of exceptional teachers who are rigorous about the basics of phonics, literacy and maths and at the cutting edge of new thinking on oracy (speaking), storytelling and well-being. 

​Our aim is for children to grow and produce beautiful work. In the last few years children have crafted some stunning outcomes including a toy museum, their own planets, a photography and poetry exhibition and their own dramatic fairy tale production. Our children learn at an early age to work in teams, ask challenging enquiry questions and think deeply about the world around them. We are looking for new teachers to add to this spirit of creativity and lead different aspects of this work.

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in.  All of us are striving to become pioneers (rethinking key aspects of education practice), multipliers (growing others and building teams), craftspeople (who think deeply about their practice) and people with integrity and humanity (driven by a strong sense of values and purpose).  This is what we are looking for in new members of staff.   We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity.   We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects.  We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff.

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 ( 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).

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent primary teacher

  • A skilled teacher of English Language including oracy, phonics and maths

  • A skilled teacher of reading and passionate about building a love for reading in students

  • A collaborative planner, able to work across subjects and primary year groups

  • Creative in implementing curriculum innovation

  • Interested in developing the whole child – head, heart and hand

  • Experienced in dealing with complex pastoral challenges and working effectively with families to maximise pupil progress

  • Experienced in developing a strong class culture: embedding our school values of humanity, responsibility, openness, community and excellence

For more information see: or e-mail Anne Shaker, HR Manager, at

To apply:  Please visit the careers pages at and complete an online application form or alternatively click here.

School 21 is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Early application is encouraged as we are hoping to interview and appoint as soon as possible.  School 21 reserves the right to close applications early and make an appointment at any stage.


Closing date: 8am, Monday, 16th May 2022                 Likely interview date:  Friday, 20th May 2022

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