You've chosen a career that is unique, where you will get to change lives in a way that few of us ever get the chance to do. 

At Harris, our teaching staff are central to everything we aim to achieve. With 54 academies across London and Essex, we are transforming education in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. As a teacher at Harris, you will give our young people life chances, new ambitions, and an excitement for the possibilities that await them when they leave us. 

We believe that teachers need the freedom to teach brilliantly, the development and training to grow as learners themselves and the leadership and support that comes from an organisation that is solely focused on education and is run by people who have worked in schools and understand teaching and learning.

We have students who really want to learn, who thrive on high-quality teaching, who thrive on having an amazing curriculum, who thrive on having teachers who really care. 

Nadim, Head of Science - Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

What's in it for you

You will be joining a network of likeminded education professionals and have opportunities to learn from colleagues who are some of the best teachers and school leaders in the country.

Being a teacher at Harris, you will have endless opportunities to develop and progress your career with us.

You will also feel the benefits of what it is like to work for a Federation, where you will be encouraged to collaborate, and able to share best practice and resources. You will also get support from our central team of subject-specialist Consultants who ensure you have the support you need to deliver curriculum excellence.

You will also have full access to our rewards package which includes a Harris allowance, our popular wellbeing cash plan, a performance and loyalty bonus, as well as opportunities to get discounts on a wide range of shops, restaurants, and lifestyle purchases, and a salary sacrifice electric car scheme.

I've been supported by a really strong mentor and a strong department. All the staff are really helpful, everyone has been very forthcoming with helping me when I need it. 

Jason, Art and Photography Teacher - Harris Academy South Norwood

Take the next step in your career - progress into leadership

We are committed to nurturing teachers and if they aspire to be, develop them into excellent middle and senior leaders. We have diverse opportunities to support and facilitate development that is unique to you, including a wide range of NPQs. 

Learn more about becoming a leader at Harris

Starting your teaching career

Routes into teaching

Whether you're a recent graduate or career changer, we have a variety of options to kickstart your teaching career. If you've previously been a teacher and are ready to come back, we'll give you all the support you need to return to teaching. 

Discover how you can get into teaching

Your first teaching job - become an ECT

Our Early Career Teaching programme is designed to build on your training year, to further develop your classroom practice, self-evaluation, professional, subject and curricula knowledge. You will also gain a supportive network of colleagues. 

Learn more about being an ECT at Harris

By working here, you’ll have an amazing time, meet a lot of likeminded people, and it’s a great opportunity which I would say to definitely take if given the chance.  

Nicola, Class Teacher - Harris Primary Academy Purley Way