Think NQTs

We are very proud of the Harris NQT Induction programme. Our programme ensures that your future career and professional development builds on the individual ethos and vision of the academy in which you work, yet recognises where collaboration and best practice can be shared across the Harris Federation. We nurture your professional skills by providing a supportive yet challenging structure where you can flourish and capitalise on the highest standards of learning and teaching. 

What happens in an NQT induction year at Harris?

Our NQT programme is designed to build on your training year, to further develop your classroom practice, self-evaluation, professional, and subject and curricula knowledge and also to provide a supportive network of colleagues with whom to share ideas, experiences and best practice.

As a Harris NQT, you will have a mentor to guide you through your first year as a qualified teacher. Your mentor will meet with you each week and provide regular support so that you continue to develop excellent classroom practice. Mentors themselves are supported and trained in order to guide you towards a successful completion of your NQT year.

Our NQTs receive subject and age phase specialist training from our central team of consultants and outstanding practitioners throughout the NQT year. These bespoke sessions are an opportunity to develop specific skills and to develop networks with colleagues across the Federation.

All of our NQTs attend a dedicated welcome NQT Conference early in the autumn term to introduce the Induction Programme and to meet key staff. In addition to high profile keynote speakers, there are a range of high quality workshops to create a bespoke training experience for each NQT.

I didn’t complete my Initial Teacher Education with Harris. Can I still apply for an NQT role?

Yes. You do not need to have followed our own School Direct route to be considered for an NQT role at Harris. We accept applications from NQTs who have followed any route into teaching, including PGCE, BEd, Assessment Only and Teach First.

We advise teachers to complete their induction year as soon as possible after completing their training. However, we may also consider your application if you have gained QTS but have chosen to undertake short-term supply work.

For individual roles, we will also consider applications from NQTs who wish to join the induction programme midway through the school year.

What are the opportunities for progression?

At Harris, you will have the opportunity to access a wide range of routes to develop your career in a way most suited to your interests. We are very proud of our School Direct and NQT alumni, many of whom have gone on to promotions as middle and senior leaders in education in Harris and beyond. We see networking as a key part of developing careers and offer opportunities to learn about the different career paths on offer.

Check out our careers blog to read more about the career paths of some of our NQTs.

How can I apply for an NQT role?

We open our NQT talent pool in December each year. This is a central application form, where you can express your interest in the boroughs in which our academies are based.

Our academies also advertise their own vacancies open to NQTs throughout the year. Opportunities for the start of the next school year will normally start to be advertised around January, with most vacancies filled by May. Click here to set up a job alert.

What is the deadline to apply?

We recruit for our NQT Talent Pool programme on a rolling basis from December. For specific roles, make sure you check the individual deadline to ensure your application is made in time. Some academies choose to interview as suitable applications are received, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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.

What will happen when I have submitted my application?

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

We may also contact you if a teaching vacancy suitable for NQTs in your preferred phase and/or subject opens at an academy in the borough(s) you specified in your application. If you are interested in the available role, we will add your application to be considered along with the other candidates.

If you have applied for a specific role, your application will be considered as part of the academy’s normal recruitment process. This will differ according to academy, but you should hear back within two weeks of the closing date.

Shortlisted candidates for teaching roles will normally be asked to teach an observed lesson and attend an interview.