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Our academies form part of a highly supportive network with a wealth of experts and mentors to help develop and guide you throughout your career.

No matter what stage you are at or what job you do, we will support and develop your skills. Our bespoke learning and development programmes are second to none, and are designed to help you build a long and rewarding career with the Harris Federation and make the biggest possible difference to the children we teach.

The Harris Federation Teaching School works with primary and secondary schools around London, including our own, to deliver training and development. From ITE and our outstanding NQT programme at the start of your career to specially designed senior leadership development, you will benefit from training that is well organised, clearly structured and regularly cited by Ofsted and others in the education sector as outstanding.  

With our focus on London and the surrounding areas, you will have the opportunity to progress within a close regional network of Harris academies, with regular opportunities for promotion available across the Federation.

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

All NQTs follow the highly successful Harris Federation NQT programme, training alongside other NQTs from across the Federation. This enables aspiring teachers to support and learn from each other, in the true collaborative spirit of Harris.

Our NQT induction programme, delivered through our outstanding Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance, aims to welcome new teachers and build their self-confidence in the first few weeks of their career. There is regular contact with other NQTs within and across subject areas.
There is a structure of support and challenge with customised professional learning sessions throughout the year. Each of our NQTs has a professional mentor who works with them to make sure their training and support needs are met and to make sure they have the opportunity to observe lessons being delivered by experienced teachers.
There are also a wide range of additional programmes open to NQTs through the Teaching School Alliance to help you achieve your career ambitions more quickly.

To discuss the support and mentoring we can provide as part of our first class NQT Programme, please contact our Central Recruitment Team on or call 020 8253 7777.

We can help to arrange academy visits, tours and informal conversations with our principals to ensure you secure the best possible job as a new qualified teacher with the Harris Federation.


Aspiring Middle Leaders

The NPQML is a qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader.

This programme is carefully designed to develop the leadership potential of aspiring middle leaders from all schools and phases. The programme supports participants to identify personal areas for development, understand the typical responsibilities and challenges for middle leaders supporting them to develop techniques to lead others and drive school improvement effectively.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for teachers aspiring to take up middle leadership positions and newly appointed middle leaders. At middle leader level it is expected that participants will have responsibility for leading a team, key stage / subject. Suitable for curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders. 

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Aspiring Senior Leaders

Our NPQSL is a dynamic development programme for experienced middle leaders potentially one year away from senior leadership and newly appointed senior leaders with whole school responsibilities.

This programme is designed to support participants to improve existing knowledge, skills and experience and develop capacity to work efficiently across an organisation.

Facilitator’s role-model outstanding practice and use coaching techniques to support participants to further develop their leadership experience. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own areas of strength and areas for improvement and identify ways they can improve their leadership through various activities whilst on the course.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is designed for leaders with cross-school responsibilities including experienced middle leaders, deputy headteachers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs), advanced skills teachers (ASTs) and other senior staff looking for further professional development.

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Aspiring Principals

Our NPQH programme is the first-choice qualification for anyone aspiring to become a Headteacher or Principal.

The Aspiring Leaders approach prepares you to lead a school confidently and effectively, whilst offering a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best school leaders. You will learn from evidence-based practices used in other schools to achieve rapid transformation.

Our leaders have a wealth of knowledge and are highly experienced in improving outcomes for pupils and students. Coaching and mentoring opportunities are a key feature of all National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Who is the programme for?

Newly appointed Headteachers or highly motivated and experienced senior leaders ready to become a Principal within 12–18 months.

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Aspiring Executive Principals

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is a new national qualification for anyone aspiring lead more than one school.

The Aspiring Leaders approach uses the Harris Federation Multi Academy Trust (MAT) as a case study for successful leadership across a group of schools. The programme draws on the leadership expertise of Harris executive leaders and directors from other successful MATs from across the country, providing an exciting opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and successful MAT leaders in the UK.

This is a practical, hands-on programme that is led by the Harris Federation CEO, Sir Daniel Moynihan and Executive Principals, each with outstanding track-records of leading multiple schools successfully. Leaders will share their experiences of executive leadership explaining the key challenges involved in leading multiple schools. They will show case different approaches to maximising resources and maintaining collaboration between schools to ensure that all schools improve student outcomes effectively under one executive leader.

Who is the programme for?

Aspiring executive leaders and recently appointed executive leaders.

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