Recruitment 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.

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:

  • Pre-Employment Suitability (including right to work in the UK and Safeguarding information)
  • Personal Information (including contact details and National Insurance Number)
  • QTS Details (teaching and leadership roles only)
  • Current Employment
  • Employment History
  • 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
  • Privacy and Declarations
  • Diversity and Monitoring information

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 in the Application Overview.

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 to request a password reminder email.

If you wish to change your password when logged in, you can access this via the Change Password option in the menu system.

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.

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?

Before submitting your application, you can preview and download the document as a PDF via the Preview Application button. You may wish to do this so you can save a copy of your application form for use at a later date.

If you need to locate a copy of the application form you submitted, this can be found in your Application History when signed into your candidate account. From here, you will find a record of each application submitted and the available PDF form for download.

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.


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 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 and your details will automatically transfer to the most recent application you have made.

If you wish to re-apply to a position or academy, we can use the information stored in the system, but please make sure your details are 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 "Overview of Applications" section, where the "Stage" should say "Application Form Submitted".

You will also receive a confirmation email with the subject "Application Submitted". If you are still unsure or have been experiencing problems, please contact the Careers Team, who will be happy to check the status of your application for you.

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, our central recruitment team will confirm receipt of application and pass it on to the relevant academy. Once the closing date has passed, we 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.

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 download a preview. 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 select withdraw application.

Why can't I login to my Candidate Homepage?

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

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 Referral Information, Supporting Statement 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.