Application FAQs

All applications are to be completed online via the Harris Federation Careers website. We will not accept incomplete applications, or those made outside of our careers website. 

Here are some commonly asked questions that may help with your job application.

How do I apply?

All applications made to positions with a Harris academy must be made via the Harris Careers portal. You will need to create a Candidate Account in order to access your Candidate Homepage and submit applications.

You can use the website search filters or Quick Search option to find relevant opportunities within the Harris Federation.

Once you have found a position you are interested in, simply click on 'Apply for this Job' on the right hand side of the relevant job. If you are logged in, the application form will open straight away; if you have not yet set up an account, you will be prompted to do so.

Once logged in, you can complete the sections required and submit your application.

Click here to search our current vacancies.

When should I apply?

Application deadlines vary by academy and position. Please make sure you complete your application ahead of the specified closing date so we can ensure your application is considered.

Some academies may request that applications be submitted by a specific time of day. Please be aware of this and submit your application accordingly.

Please note: academies may choose to interview as and when suitable applications are received, and may appoint a candidate and close the job before the advertised deadline without notice. In this situation, you will still be able to access and amend your application form, but you will not be able to submit it. This means you should look to submit your application as soon as possible after seeing the advertisement.

Can I save jobs and apply later?

Yes. To save a job without starting an application or creating an account, simply click the heart button next to the job. You can access all saved jobs by clicking the heart at the top of the screen.

These saved jobs are not associated with your candidate account and are only saved on the device you are using. You will not be able to access saved jobs if you visit the Harris careers website on a different device. 

I am a non EU resident. Do I require a visa before I apply?

You are free to apply to any academy or position of interest and we will consider your application(s).

We cannot advise you on your work eligibility status, but we do not reject any candidate because of his or her need to obtain appropriate work permit/visa. Please be aware that any offer of employment will be subject to the relevant DBS, Identification and Reference Checks prior to your start date with us.

If you are making an application from outside the EU, please refer to the links below for information on UK VISA requirements and guidance on how to get one:

What information do I have to provide in the application form?

Our quick and easy application form contains the following sections:

  • Personal Information (including contact details and National Insurance Number)
  • Pre-Employment Suitability (including right to work in the UK and Safeguarding information)
  • QTS Details (teaching and leadership roles only)
  • Current Employment
  • Employment History (you must complete a full employment history, including an explanation any gaps in employment of longer than one month)
  • Education, Qualifications, and Training and Development History
  • Referees (you must provide two referees, one of whom must be your current/most recent employer)
  • Supporting statement outlining how your Knowledge, Skills and Experience are relevant to the role
  • Diversity and Monitoring information
  • Privacy and Safeguarding Declarations

Can I check my application status online?

Yes. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging back into your candidate homepage. The status of all your live applications will be listed under 'Your Applications' as soon as you have logged in.

To login and check the status of an application, please click here.


How do I reset the password to my Candidate Account?

Your password can be reset by requesting a Password Reminder email via the candidate homepage login screen.

Click here for the login screen.

If you wish to change your password when logged in, you can access this by clicking on My Details, then My Profile.

Can I apply with a CV or cover letter?

No. The Harris Federation does not accept applications made solely with a CV. Cover letters and CVs can be used to support your fully completed application form, which must also include a supporting statement.

Why can't I upload my CV?

It is not currently possible to upload a CV using an Apple mobile device. If you wish to upload a CV, please use a desktop computer (Mac or PC), or another mobile device.

Please note that it is not compulsory to upload a CV to accompany your application form, and you will be at no disadvantage if you choose not to do so.

What happens once I have made an initial application?

Once you have applied for a position through the Harris Federation careers site, you will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your application. We may request further information to support this application. Please be aware of application deadlines if you decide not to complete your application in one session.

Do I have to complete my application in one session?

No. Once you have submitted an application, you can return to your candidate homepage or to the relevant job to edit, update and save personal information. You can come back to an application at any time.

Where can I find a copy of my application form?

If you need to locate a copy of the application form you submitted, this can be found on your candidate homepage when signed into your candidate account. From here, you will find a record of each application submitted and can view and/or print each application.

Can I apply to multiple academies and positions?

Yes. Once you have submitted your application, you can view all your applications, their statuses and your application history via the candidate homepage on our careers page. You can apply to as many academies and positions as you wish.

When applying for positions, please review the advert, job description and person specification, where available, to confirm you have the required experience. The number of positions and academies you apply for will not impact our selection process, but limiting the number of applications at one time helps us understand what you are interested in.

You should be clear as to why you are interested and your motivations for applying to different positions and academies. This should be outlined in your supporting statement and must be pertinent to each position and academy you apply to.

What if I am unable to find a vacancy at a specific academy?

If you cannot find any vacancies listed for a particular academy, it means there are no current vacancies open at that time. Please use the Job Alerts function to keep up to date with relevant vacancies at specific academies, or click the 'Register Your Interest' link to send us an email. Please ensure you let us know which academy and which roles you are interested in when sending your email.

Do I need a degree to apply to the Harris Graduate and ITE Programmes?

We are constantly looking to recruit talented people from all academic backgrounds for both Teaching and Non-Teaching positions within the Federation. When applying for a School Direct place or as a Teaching Assistant, you must have:

  • A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and maths.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a science subject if you intend to train to teach at Primary level.

Who should my referees be and when will you contact them?

As part of our application process, you must provide the details of two referees. One of these referees MUST be your current or most recent employer. Your second reference can be a past employer, or any character reference provided by somebody who is not related to you.

A standard part of our recruitment process is to request references prior to interview. If you do not want your referee(s) to be contacted prior to interview, please make sure you state this in the drop down option provided next to each referee.

What if I have previously applied to a position or academy?

Your application history will be registered and stored securely in your candidate homepage. You must apply for a position to start your application

If you wish to re-apply to a position or academy, you can copy details from a past application. However, please make sure your details are correct and up to date when submitting applications.

How do I know if you've received my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you will see a confirmation screen saying "application submitted" to confirm that it has been completed. The application details will also appear in your Candidate Homepage in the "Your applications" section, with the status of "Application Submitted".

If you have not submitted an application, the status will display as "Application in Progress".

You will also receive a confirmation email with the subject "Thank you for your application". This may take up to 15 minutes.

If you are experiencing problems, please email the support team or call them on 0161 850 2004.

Please note that a full application form must be submitted before the deadline for that specific vacancy for your application to be valid.

When can I expect to hear whether my application has been successful or not?

Once you have submitted an application, you will receive an email confirming this. Once the closing date has passed, the academy will shortlist successful candidates and contact you directly to arrange interviews. We may also request further information to support your application prior to any interviews

If you apply for a job through the Harris Federation careers portal, you will be notified whether or not you are shortlisted for interview.

Please be aware the during school holidays, waiting times may be slightly longer due to staff being away.

For roles with rolling deadlines, such as the Graduate Programme or NQT Talent Pool, your application will be passed by the central recruitment team to academies in your preferred borough(s) as specified in your application. If an academy has a vacancy, they may contact you directly to arrange an interview. This may occur at any time while the Graduate Programme or Talent Pool is live on the Harris careers portal.

What should I do if I've made a mistake in my application?

You can change your personal details at any time by logging into your Candidate Homepage, but once a specific application has been submitted, you will not be able to access the application to make changes.

Before submitting your application, you will have the option to review your application. Please ensure that you check through your application thoroughly for any mistakes before pressing submit.

In the case that making changes after submitting your application is unavoidable, please contact to request that the changes be made manually.

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes. You can login to your candidate homepage via the vacancy section and click 'Delete Application'.

Why can't I login to my Candidate Homepage?

When applying for first time through the Harris Federation careers portal, you will be asked to create a password for your Candidate Account. The username will be the email address you provided when starting an application. Your username is created automatically so please ensure the email address provided is spelt correctly, and frequently checked.

If you have created an account using social media, you will not have a password. Please ensure you click on the correct social media logo when logging in.

As part of the Federation's commitment to safeguarding and ongoing improvements to our recruitment process, all applications must be made via the careers portal. In order to submit applications, you must have a live Candidate Account to submit your application form. From this account, you can update your personal details, create job alerts, start/save applications at any time and confirm interview arrangements.

Will my details be saved for future applications?

If you have previously created an account and applied for a position through the careers website, your details will be stored securely to make any future applications much quicker.

Each job vacancy you apply to will have its own application form for you to submit. The only sections you will need to fill in again are your Referee Information, Knowledge, Skills and Information and Disclosures. This is part of our commitment to safeguarding and an important part of the application process.

We advise that you review and update any relevant sections of your application before making multiple academy submissions.

How can I tell if a Harris Federation job is genuine?

When you are applying for a genuine job with the Harris Federation:

  • You will always be contacted from a Harris Federation email address – never a webmail account such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.
  • You should always be suspicious of adverts with very poor spelling and grammar.
  • You will always be asked to complete an online application form through our careers portal.
  • You will never be asked for payments for visa processing, administration fees or accommodation deposits.
  • You will never be asked for your bank details or personal identification documentation before we have made a formal offer of employment.
  • We will never make a formal offer of employment without at least one face-to-face interview. This will be held at one of our academies or at the Harris Federation head office at Norfolk House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 1LH.
  • You will always be asked to sign a hard copy of your offer of employment, which will be sent to you on Harris Federation headed paper.

For more information, please visit our section on Recruitment Fraud.


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