Innovation Leader, Primary Phase, Thamesmead, London

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Harris Garrard AcademyThamesmead, London

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Outer London) based on experience + Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are looking for an experienced and talented primary practitioner to join our thriving all through academy as Innovation Leader for the primary phase. This is a new and exciting leadership position which would suit an experienced senior teacher, phase leader or aspiring senior leader. As well as working across the whole academy, you will have the opportunity to engage with the wider Harris Federation which offers plenty of opportunities for professional development and progression.

Your opportunity

Your role will be:

  • To play a leading and highly visible role in the improvement of teaching and learning and academic success of all pupils
  • To ensure the highest standards of teaching, learning and achievement
  • To lead in the monitoring, evaluation and review of standards and provision across the primary phase.

We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly. 

What we are looking for:

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. We are looking for:

  • A qualified, experienced teacher with experience in one or more areas across EYFS, KS1 and KS2
  • A committed practitioner, who will want to attain the highest standards in teaching and learning and who will expect excellence from pupils and staff;
  • A collaborative and motivated individual who will lead the subject through a variety of innovative approaches including curriculum design, teaching strategies, use of technology and intervention programmes;
  • QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree.

Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification. 

About Harris Garrard Academy

Harris Garrard Academy is an all-through 3–18 academy with approximately 1350 pupils on roll and joined the Harris Federation as a sponsored academy in September 2017. The academy is based in Thamesmead in a purpose built building. We are now on a journey towards “Outstanding”, led by highly experienced executive principals with proven track records of school transformation. Our vision is clear: nothing is impossible and everything is possible, irrespective of personal characteristics or background. Every problem has a solution. We believe we are more robust, resilient and determined as a team than as a group of individuals. We support, challenge and hold each other to account at all levels within the academy to ensure that our students achieve their potential, are motivated, engaged and fully prepared for life beyond our academy.

Why work at Harris Garrard Academy?

  • The opportunity to be involved in the transformation of a school from the very start
  • A stunning working environment, in a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004
  • A highly motivated team, led by exceptionally experienced and talented senior leaders
  • All the advantages of a successful academy group, with a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
  • Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

For a confidential discussion about this post with the primary phase Head of Academy, please contact H.Chandhoke@harrisgarrard.org.uk or to arrange a visit call 020 8320 4800

Harris Benefits

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 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!

Click here for a full list of Harris benefits.  

The Harris Federation

Our academy is part of the Harris Federation, the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. Harris has an unrivalled track record in raising standards and achieving success for the children in our academies.

Professional development and sharing best practice are a key part of the Harris Federation success, and we can draw on this to offer you top quality training at every stage of your career path, from Beginner Teacher to Middle Leader. We will invest in you with coaching, mentoring, and can offer a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance.

We look for talented teachers who are passionate about their subject and making a difference. You can help us transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.

Please note: academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you will not be able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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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More about Harris Garrard Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Studio School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, Erith, Kent, DA18 4DW, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 83204800