Head of Teaching School Alliance, London

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Harris FederationLondon

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale - Salary negotiable based on experience + Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pension Scheme (TPS) + Additional Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking to appoint a new Head of our Teaching School, responsible for the strategic direction and operational development of the Teaching School Alliance.

This is an opportunity to lead an innovative team and help to develop our CPD offer through our teaching Schools, Maths Hub and wider Federation. The role will also oversee our Apprenticeship strategy. You will have the opportunity to work alongside Federation Executive Leaders and to advise and guide Principals and other leaders on the requirements and design of our entire offer.

The Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance is the professional development centre of the Harris Federation. We operate twin Teaching Schools and an thriving Maths Hub. Our Teaching School offer draws on the fantastic work from across the 44 academies in the Federation, and is co-ordinated from our Head Office in East Croydon. We provide high-quality training at every level from Beginner Teachers to Executive Leaders. Many thousands of teachers and support staff from across London and beyond have benefited from our CPD offer. Our programmes are facilitated by experienced school leaders and support staff who have exemplary records in leading successful school improvement, and improving outcomes for their students. Our highly practical training and support programmes are available to all schools and academies, not just to Harris Federation staff. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced senior leader who would like to further develop their leadership experience to impact on the quality of professional learning across London. This is an opportunity to learn from working in a large number of schools and to extend your understanding of leadership in a variety of contexts.

As Head of the Teaching School, you will:

  • Work closely with Senior Leadership Teams from across the Federation to promote the teaching school and programmes internally and externally.
  • Work with a diverse range of external partners to promote the work of the Teaching School Alliance
  • Manage the Teaching School team.
  • Develop and oversee our wider Apprenticeship strategy.
  • Take accountability for business development and revenue generation for the Teaching School.

Why work for the Harris Federation?

Two Harris academies hold Teaching School status; Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, one of the first 100 Teaching Schools designated nationally and offers Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) training, and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, well known for delivering the Outstanding Teacher and Improving Teacher Programmes. Both Teaching Schools work collaboratively with the rest of the Federation to share best practice, innovate and contribute to the wider educational system.

This is an opportunity to join an innovative Multi-Academy Trust with a proven track record of success in London, where you will play a key role in developing the future of our Teaching School offer. This is a chance to influence and contribute to the quality and variety of CPD delivered to schools and academies, both in and outside of the Federation, across London.

Our central office is based next to East Croydon station which gives easy access to London Bridge and Victoria as well as fast access to the M25.

For more information about the role, please download the Candidate Information Pack via the apply link, or contact 020 8253 7777.


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.

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More about Harris Federation
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: 4th Floor, Norfolk House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 1LH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 208 253 7777
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The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit educational charity with almost 25 years of education experience in and around London. Our primary, secondary, all-through and sixth form academies have an international reputation for delivering a step chang...