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Professional Development and Aspiring Leaders

Posted on: August 2nd 2019

Professional Development and Aspiring Leaders

Whether you are fairly new to the wonderful world of teaching and education or you have been in teaching for a long time and want a change - professional development means making sure you have room to grow and evolve within a rewarding, supportive environment. Within the education sector, this means you are able to apply yourself with a brilliant skillset and enhance your subject, leadership level and expertise across the Federation. This is why, we make routes for progression as accessible as possible. Through our Teaching School, we are able to facilitate state of the art training programmes to suit you at any stage of your career.

So why are teaching schools important?

According to the Education Policy Institute, ‘Trusts have much higher rates of promotion from teacher to middle leadership, particularly at primary. Across all state funded schools, around 1 in 10 classroom teachers achieves a promotion in any given year. In some trusts, this increases to as many as 1 in 3.’

Our Teaching School Alliance plays a key role in driving professional development both across the trust’s academies as well as offering school-to-school support. The alliance is licensed to run a range of Aspiring Leaders programmes, led by some of the most talented principals in the country and delivered by high-performing executive, middle and senior leaders with exceptional track records.

Led by 2 designated teaching schools: Harris City Academy Crystal Palace in South London and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred in Thurrock, Essex. Academies judged by Ofsted to be good and outstanding lead the delivery of CPD and school-to-school support. Our leaders have a wealth of knowledge and are highly experienced in improving outcomes for pupils and students.

Our leadership programmes ensure that all our federation staff can benefit from a vast network of support and expertise from effective leaders. With regular meetings to touch base on key professional development priorities across specific specialisms, phase and support for NQTs, TAs alike. The annual October conference brings this altogether, allowing all our leaders to share best practice, offer support and guidance. 

To us, professional development is one of the most important aspects of working at the Federation. Providing a space for learning and professional development means we can continue making a difference in education with the inclusion of exceptional, highly skilled individuals at the centre.


Visit our Teaching School website for more information on our training programmes

If you are interested in joining the Harris Federation, contact our Central Recruitment Team on: or call 020 8253 7777

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