English Teacher (Maternity Cover)

Salary information: Inner London (competitive based on skills and experience)
Start date: April 2024 (possible March start)
Location: tratford, London - Newham
Contract type: Fixed-term (maternity cover) commencing April 2023, full or part time, subject to an enhanced DBS check

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.

School 21, a 4 to 18 school with a growing reputation for innovation and impact, is an exciting place in which to grow and develop your teaching craft.   

We are looking for an excellent English teacher who is passionate about their subject, and is keen to develop their practice in a dynamic and innovative teaching environment. School 21 is an all-through school and your role will have a particular emphasis on the teaching of English from 11-18. Ideally, you will be an experienced English teacher and it is essential that you have a passion for developing the best pedagogy for that age range.  

We believe English is an inherently creative subject that requires authentic dialogue between students and texts, students and teachers, and students with each other. It should empower students to confidently, and accurately,  express themselves in both their written and verbal expression. We are looking for a teacher with strong subject knowledge, who has a genuine passion for the subject and is able to foster excellent knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of English in the students that they teach. Furthermore, we wish to appoint someone who will fully embrace the vision of the department, working closely with the team to further develop an innovative and effective curriculum and ensure excellent outcomes for our students. 

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in.  All of us are striving to become innovators (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.

We have developed a unique approach to oracy including setting up a charity, Voice 21 ( which is already working with several hundred schools. We also have an innovative real world learning programme, interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with a network of extraordinary organisations: creative, artistic, high tech, professional. 

School 21 is committed to being more than just a school. It is built upon a Head, Heart, Hand approach to education and is on the start of a new journey to promote this as the best possible solution to our education sector. By joining the team, you could be part of something truly special. 

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
  • A collaborative planner, able to work across subject disciplines
  • Interested in 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
  • In a unique journey to really rethink what education can look like


  • Exceptional CPD 
  • The chance to network with outstanding practitioners and learn from the best
  • Collaborative working across the 4 to 18 school
  • 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 please see the candidate information pack, or visit or e-mail Sakshi Saxena at [email protected]

How to apply

Please complete an online application form on the careers page.

Closing date

January 22, 2024




We value a culture which supports and develops all our people, where people come, stay and flourish.

The qualities we look for in our staff are reflected in our values and we look for people who are passionate about our mission and are keen to collaborate to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, families and communities.

We look to create an enabling, engaging, psychologically safe and collaborative culture and look to recruit staff of all levels and backgrounds.


Staff wellbeing is at the heart of our values

We are proud to offer family friendly policies including flexible working, shared parental and adoption leave plus a maternity return to work programme

We are passionate about supporting our staff through our Menopause policy

We offer 26 days annual leave for our full time staff which rises to 28 days after 3 years of service and 31 days after 5 years’ service

Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line

Online Healthy living and financial support portal

Lifestyle discounts to High Street shops, restaurants etc

Free online monthly Yoga classes

Free Flu vaccinations (if you are not eligible via the NHS)


We believe passionately about high quality CPD

Access to Big Education leadership courses Big 8 and Big Leadership Adventure

Access to our CPD hub for online courses

We support external study routes linked to your role

All staff annual Inset day

We are proud to be a London living wage employer

Health & Financial Wellbeing

Reducing financial stress

You’re entitled to the scheme from day one, helping you plan for the future

  • Big Education contributes to your pension
  • Tax efficient savings
  • Protection for your family
  • Flexible retirement

Electric car scheme, to help reduce our carbon footprint

Cycle to work scheme

Interest free travel season ticket loan

My Gym and My Active discount schemes

Technology IT scheme

Free mindfulness Headspace app

Free Will writing

Staff Discounts

Values in action

Passionate about our commitment to Climate & Sustainability

We encourage both pupils and staff to think about the environment and how their actions will impact upon their local surroundings, as well as the global environment.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

We create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We are committed to supporting our staff and applicants to be their authentic selves in the workplace without judgement and ensuring that diverse communities are celebrated.

Community Engagement

Join us in making a positive impact on society through our school community engagement initiatives. Check out our school websites and socials for details!