Become a Teaching Assistant

Working as a Teaching Assistant in a Harris academy is an incredible way to experience all aspects of school life and learn from our experienced teachers and expert classroom practitioners.

You’ll be making a difference from day one providing either 1:1 tuition, or support to small groups of students with varying abilities in a subject (secondary) or year group/key stage (primary). You will encourage our young people to reach their full potential, supporting them with their learning, as well as helping to organise the teaching resources available to staff.

There are two different routes to becoming a Teaching Assistant at a Harris academy:

Graduate Teaching Assistants

You will need to have recently achieved or be studying towards an undergraduate degree, ideally with a grade or predicted grade of 2:1 or higher. For secondary education roles, we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have a degree in Maths, Science, English, History, Geography or Languages.

Apprentice Teaching Assistants

You do not require any specific qualifications, just the commitment and drive to play an integral role in the classroom and the education of the students we serve.

As a Teaching Assistant at Harris, you will gain invaluable classroom experience to help develop your knowledge and skills ahead of teacher training. Many of our teaching assistants go on to complete their teacher training with Harris Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

Return to teaching

Ready to return to teaching? We provide a supported, flexible approach to individuals looking to get back into the classroom. Our formal training and mentoring programme can be a flexible way to rediscover your subject or specialism, and develop over time into a full or part-time teaching role. We have many different approaches to support your return to teaching, all based on your individual skills, knowledge and experience.

No matter what stage you left off at in your teaching career, we have a diverse range of supported routes back into teaching. We want to ensure you can make your first step back to teaching, a confident one.

You will benefit from a phased approach to help you regain your confidence under the guidance and supervision of outstanding experienced teachers – while our students will benefit from your new-found, real-world experience gained outside the profession.