Physics Consultant / Lead Practitioner, Croydon

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Harris FederationCroydon

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L8-L18 (Inner London): £55,061-£68,315 + Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking to appoint a new Physics Consultant to our central team of subject specialists. We want to hear from qualified and experienced Physics teachers who have built a highly successful track record in raising achievement in order to drive improvement across the Federation. The successful applicant will join an established team of consultants and will work closely with the wider team of Physics specialists to help further raise standards within our academies.

Your opportunity

Our central team consultants are senior, highly visible within the Federation, and play a key role in working with Principals and Senior Leadership teams to support and help improve departments within academies. As a consultant, you will have an extremely varied and multi-faceted role involving coaching and mentoring, sharing of best practice, developing robust improvement strategies and helping to establish new departments or lead rapid recovery where required. The role of Physics Consultant is an exciting post providing enormous scope for a talented and creative practitioner to work alongside a team of highly experienced and friendly Physics practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

The Federation operates twin Teaching Schools as well as a number of highly successful CPD Networks, an Outstanding School Direct teacher training programme and a range of NPQ courses, all of which the successful applicant has the chance to be involved with. As a senior leader, you will have the opportunity to develop and advance your career within a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders. You will have unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQSL and NPQH programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.

Who we are looking for:

We are interested to hear from qualified Physics practitioners who are experienced middle leaders, passionate about Physics, have the ability to work collaboratively both within teams and a cluster of academies, and have the motivation to help drive improvements. Ideally, we are looking for someone who has gained several years management experience, or who is an aspiring senior leader. Our consultant roles are suitable for those with management experience (ideally but not necessarily at Head of Department level or alternatively as an aspirant Leading Practitioner). The successful applicant should poses leadership qualities, have experience in designing a highly engaging Physics curriculum, delivering fun and exciting lessons and exposure to working with industry contacts through networking, events and projects.

The post would suit an ambitious middle leader looking either to broaden their subject expertise and responsibilities, or who maybe considering a future leadership pathway to their first headship. Although based at the Harris Federation offices close to East Croydon Station (with fast access to central London and the M25), the role will mostly be located within the academies.

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. The successful applicant will be resilient, creative and a dynamic practitioner, and must hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant degree. You will be fully supported through a comprehensive Induction Programme both within and across the Harris Federation.

What you will need:

  • QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree
  • At least 5 years' teaching experience, and at least two years in a management role
  • The ability to teach Physics to A-Level

For a full job description and person specification, please download the job pack. 

Harris Benefits

Salary - L8-L18 (Inner London): £55,061 - £68,315 + Harris Benefits

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

  • A network of fellow senior leaders and Principals with a wealth of knowledge and expertise
  • Support and mentoring from some of the best executive leaders in education
  • Unrivalled opportunities for leadership progression and preparing you for your first Principalship
  • Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
  • Plus, the opportunity to work with our amazing students!

Click here for a full list of Harris benefits. 

Why work for the Harris Federation?

At Harris, we have a strong culture of school improvement, and professional development is at the heart of all that we do. Via our twin teaching schools we can offer you the opportunity to gain a wide range of professional development opportunities with progression either to senior roles within our academies or progression within the Federation Consultant team. We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning.

Informal conversations are welcomed and visits to our academies are highly encouraged. If you would like to discuss the role in confidence, please call for Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO, on 020 8253 7777, or e-mail

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. 

More about Harris Federation
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: 4th Floor, Norfolk House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 1LH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 253 7777
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