joyful teaching

Teaching as part of a democratic community is incredibly satisfying.

Why work with us?

Time has flown since I started working at The Learning Circle just last September, but in a very good way! Each term or half term the students pick the subject they want to study and as a teacher this is really interesting and keeps things surprising. I find myself learning about new subjects all the time and that the students' curiosity is catching! Mindfulness runs through every part of the school, whether in classes, meetings or mentoring sessions, and so there's always time to pause, move and ask how we are doing. I've been really impressed at how supportive and caring the online community at The Learning Circle is. The atmosphere in class feels exciting and rewarding and I've especially enjoyed being part of the democratic meetings that the kids hold. I really like that each decision is talked about and made by everyone and I have learnt so much so far just by listening to the teachers and students talk in these sessions. For me as an artist with other jobs, I really appreciate that I can work from my studio and that all meetings and mentoring sessions are planned in advance and paid. I feel like there is a lot of care and support given by the school and feel appreciated as an individual and valued for who I am and what I can share with the community.
Verity
Art Teacher

Rediscover teaching

This is how teaching should be; creative, satisfying, enriching for all. No repetition of boring old material.

Small classes

A maximum of 14 students in each classroom, means that you're able to get to know your students well and have meaningful student/teacher interactions.

No petty rules/paperwork

Seriously, nobody wants that.

Mindfulness

Yoga and meditation are embedded into our curriculum so that coming to work feels good. What other workplace pays you to meditate?

Feel free to be yourself

Bring your whole self to the classroom. Your creativity, personality, quirks and foibles are all welcome.

Support & Collaboration

Plenty of training, support and collaborative practices are built into our culture.

We're currently recruiting...

to start in SEPT 2022

KS3 Maths teacher 
  • Between 2-8 hours per week, subject to mutual agreement, 36 weeks per year.
  • £26hr for teaching (which will rise as student numbers increase), £17/hr for meetings.

Download:

Teacher-Job-Description

TLC-Person-Specification

Closing date for this is 03/07/22. Apply using the form below or email for more details. 

to start in SEPTEMBER 2022

KS2 and/or KS3 Teachers 

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We’re recruiting KS2 and KS3 teachers for our democratic, mindful learning community. Teaching 1 to 4 days a week from Sept 2022.

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Who are we looking for?

You’re a creative teacher who likes to think outside the box and to teach topics that are as new to you as to the children. You believe that this is how teaching should be; creative, satisfying, enriching for all. No repetition of boring old material.

You enjoy small classes that enable you to get to know your students well and have meaningful student/teacher interactions. You enjoy freedom from petty rules & paperwork.

You embrace our culture of mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

You bring your whole self to the classroom. Your creativity, personality, quirks and foibles are all welcome and help create an environment where everyone feels safe to be themselves.

£26hr for teaching (which will rise as student numbers increase), £17/hr for meetings

Download:

Teacher-Job-Description

TLC-Person-Specification

Closing date for this is Friday 27/05/22. Apply using the form below or email for more details. 

Apply to work with us

Before applying to work with us, we suggest you take a moment to consider our purpose (below) and whether it resonates deeply with you. 

Our purpose is to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of society and the planet. We hope to enable children to: 

  • be active learners
  • have a sense of agency and responsibility.
  • be comfortable in their bodies.
  • be collaborative. 
  • be connected with their inner resources. 
  • be connected with the world and have an understanding of interbeing.

We're moving towards self-management

We believe this is the most fulfilling way for people to work together. It’s a learning process for us and so will take some time.  Self-managed organizations are often referred to as Teal organizations. Self-management comes about through a combination of innovative structures and processes and are described in more detail here, but a few are highlighted here:

autonomous teams

The most common structure of Teal organizations are interdependent networks of small, autonomous teams. These consist primarily of small teams, of people that self-organize and are not under the authority of anyone outside the team.

no bosses or organization charts

There are no fixed hierarchies of authority in Teal organizations. There are no bosses within or outside of the teams. The primacy of the boss-subordinate relationship is replaced with peer-based mutual commitments. Decision rights and power flow to any individual who has the expertise, interest, or willingness to step in and contribute to a situation. Fluid, natural hierarchies replace the fixed power hierarchies of the traditional pyramid – leaving the organization without an organizational chart. 

Distributed Decision Making

Decision-making is highly distributed. Decisions do not need to be validated by the hierarchy nor by consensus of the community. Any person can make any decision after seeking advice from 1) everyone who will be meaningfully affected, and 2) people with expertise in the matter. 

open information flow

Everybody is given access to all information at the same time. 

conflict resolution

Disagreements are resolved among peers using a well defined conflict resolution process. Peers hold each other accountable for their mutual commitments. 

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