Graduate TA Programme

If you are a graduate who is passionate about helping children achieve their potential, our Graduate Programme is for you.

We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a school environment, learning to teach with expert classroom practitioners. Our school-based Teaching Assistant placements, covering both primary and secondary phases (Early Years to Key Stage 5), can be your first step on the journey towards a job as an outstanding educator. We can offer you invaluable classroom experience to help develop your knowledge and skills ahead of initial teacher education.

We expect that many of our Graduate Teaching Assistants will go on to complete their Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through the Harris School Direct programme.

Our Graduate Programme offers the opportunity to:

  • Earn a salary whilst gaining invaluable classroom experience and support.
  • Start your career alongside some of the best practitioners in education.
  • Develop your leadership skills and gain invaluable classroom experience.
  • Join one of our thriving primary or secondary academies in London.
  • Go on to start your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through our Harris School Direct programme, identified as ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted

If you are looking to explore a career in education, apply today for a Graduate Teaching Assistant place on our primary or secondary programme.

We look for talented and driven individuals who are passionate about their subject and who share our belief that every child should have the best possible education, enabling them to fulfil their potential and decide their own future.


Harris Graduate Pack, Primary Education



Harris Graduate Pack, Secondary Education



Why apply for the Harris graduate programme?

We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a school environment, learning to teach with expert classroom practitioners. Our school-based Teaching Assistant placements can be your first step on the journey towards a job as an outstanding educator. We can offer you invaluable classroom experience to help develop your knowledge and skills ahead of initial teacher education.

What will my role be?

If you are successful, you will be offered a permanent contract as a Teaching Assistant at one of our primary or secondary academies. These roles are term time only and would normally be full-time (Monday to Friday, school hours), although part-time opportunities may be available depending on requirements and capacity at the individual school.

Working as part of a highly experienced, collaborative and talented team at one of our academies, your role will be to provide support, either as 1:1 tuition, or to small groups of students with varying abilities in a subject (secondary) or year group/key stage (primary). You will be encouraging and supporting individual pupils to reach their full potential, whilst demonstrating a creative and determined attitude that will help motivate students. You will be directly supporting the students with their learning, as well as helping to organise the teaching and learning resources available to students and staff.

Will I get a qualification at the end of the graduate programme?

No; however, you will have gained invaluable classroom experience to put you in the best possible position when applying for teacher training. You will have observed some of the outstanding teaching that takes place at Harris schools, learned what it is like to work in a school environment, and developed essential skills in engaging with students and supporting their learning.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the Harris graduate programme?

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 roles, we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have a degree in Maths, Science, English, History, Geography or Languages.

If you are a career changer and/or if you graduated more than three years ago, we would recommend applying for Teaching Assistant jobs at any academy of interest, or email your CV to the talent and resourcing team on careers@harrisfederation.org.uk.

When does the graduate programme start?

We recruit for our graduate programme on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. The first opportunities will be available in September 2018.

If you expect not to be able to work before July 2019, we would recommend applying for the 2019/2020 graduate programme when it becomes available around May 2019.

What is the deadline for the graduate programme?

We will accept applications for the 2018/19 programme throughout the year. The deadline for applications listed on the advert will be refreshed on a monthly basis.

Where will I work?

If successful, you will be offered a role at one of our primary or secondary academies, all of which are based in and around London. When completing your application form, you will be able to select from a number of boroughs in which our academies are located. You may select as many of these as you like. However, please keep in mind commute times – including public transport, as not all academies have their own parking available.

How can I make my application stand out?

You will be able to use your supporting statement to really highlight what makes you the right person for the role. Make sure you research the Harris Federation and check the job description and person specification carefully, outlining how your experiences would help you to fulfil the role and the aspects of the Harris ethos that particularly appeal to you. Remember, your experiences might not be in a paid role, but in a university club or society, a volunteering role or even in your personal life.

You should also ensure that you have completed all other sections fully. Don’t forget to include your achieved or predicted grade for your degree.

What will happen when I have submitted my application?

Once your application has been submitted, it will be shared with academies based on the locations you have specified when applying.

We may also contact you if a Teaching Assistant vacancy becomes available at an academy in your preferred boroughs. If you are interested in the available role, we will add your application to be considered along with the other candidates.