2019/20 Harris Graduate Programme: Primary

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Our school-based Primary Teaching Assistant placements cover Early Years to Key Stage 2, offering up a constructive, practical first step into the world of education.

Your Opportunity:  

Learn to teach with the support of expert classroom practitioners in one of our Harris Academies across Greater London, developing the leadership skills and subject knowledge you need to succeed in the world of teaching.  

Class immersion is at the centre of our programme, giving you the ability to start making an impact from your first lesson in.

We believe that in order to shape great teachers and exceptional learning environments, it is important that you experience this first-hand. Your role will be to provide support, either as 1:1 tuition, or to small groups of students with varying abilities in Early Years, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. 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.   

The Programme: 

Our objective with this programme is to equip you with invaluable classroom experience to help shape the future trailblazer in you. In providing you with a hands-on learning environment, you can expect responsibility in your role you may not be exposed to elsewhere. Here, you will be able to learn, grow and make a lasting difference ahead of initial teacher education training. 

Prospects with Harris:

With the foundations set, many of our graduate Teaching Assistants may go on to complete their Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through the Harris School Direct programme. The programme has been designed to provide aspiring teachers with the support and training needed to be the best they can be in and outside the classroom. We recruit on a rolling basis, so you can apply when you are ready to secure your place on the next leg of your teaching journey. If you are considering embarking on a teach training programme, visit our Initial Teacher Education website for more information.

What we are looking for:   

We are looking for driven, dedicated leaders who share our belief that every child has the potential to do well. Our exceptional teachers, staff and leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all share synonymous passion towards giving our students an outstanding education in a safe, inspiring and dynamic school environment.  


As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including: 

  • Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups 
  • Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education 
  • An Inner or Outer London Harris Allowance, plus a performance and loyalty bonus 
  • Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits 
  • The opportunity to work with our amazing students! 

About the Harris Federation 

The Harris Federation is a top performing Multi Academy Trust with an established track record in school improvement, and at the forefront of developing exceptional practitioners and senior leaders. The Federation provides a highly supportive network of Academies, Executives Leaders, Principals and mentors to help develop and progress your career. 

Professional development and collaboration are key to our success, and we provide top quality training at every level from Beginner Teachers to Executive Leaders. We invest in our staff with coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance. Two Harris academies hold Teaching School status and Harris also runs the highly successful London Thames Maths Hub, as well as working in partnership with a number of external organisations. 

Apply now to see how you could accelerate your teaching career at one of our exceptional academies. Please download our applicant pack to receive an informative job specification on the role and responsibilities of the post.

Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement. Harris Federation is fully committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education. Click here to view our full equality and diversity statement.  


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Harris Federation
Norfolk House
4 Wellesley Rd
Greater London
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Grade 2: £19,896-£20,952 FTE based on experience and location
Start Date
Rolling recruitment to September 2019
Closing Date
Employment Type
Term Time Only
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