Lead Practitioner of Science, Greenwich

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Harris Academy GreenwichGreenwich

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Start date: 01/01/2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: LPS (if already accredited), or MPS (while in training period prior to accreditation) + £2,000 Harris Allowance
Contract term: Permanent

What is our team looking for?

We are always on the search for authentic teachers who enjoy what they do, who have great subject knowledge, charisma and have a strong sense of moral purpose. 

Our Science team is searching for a Lead Practitioner (LP) or experienced teacher to join them – perhaps the candidate will wish to train towards the LP accreditation. The position is available because of expanding pupil numbers. We need your expertise to tackle the new curriculum and help lead the department to even greater success for our students in the new and tougher GCSEs and A Levels. Our LPs are high profile and receive brilliant training to master their craft and become inspirational leaders.

Your opportunity

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. 

Experienced candidates may be able to apply for Senior Teacher status, paid on the Upper Scale, and/or apply to join our accredited Lead Practitioner training programme.  If you are already accredited as a Lead Practitioner, great!  For us it’s about finding the right fit for the school.

What is our team 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 always on the search for authentic teachers who enjoy what they do, who have great subject knowledge, charisma and have a strong sense of moral purpose.

Whether you are relatively new to the profession or are an experienced teacher, the successful candidate will have:

  • The potential and ambition to lead aspects of teaching and learning in the department and across the whole school
  • Passion for education, courage, integrity
  • A flair for working with young people
  • A great team player who will fit well with our optimistic and positive culture
  • The ability to teach great lessons at both GCSE and A-Level
  • A hunger for ‘stepping into your greatness’
  • QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree

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

About Harris Academy Greenwich

Harris Academy Greenwich is an inner-city school, with one of the toughest intakes in London and a high percentage of free school meals children who often have chaotic and difficult lives.  Yet the Academy is one of the most successful state schools in England and were judged Outstanding in all four key Ofsted areas. One of the reasons for our success is our fantastic pastoral team

Why work at Harris Academy Greenwich?

Our staff often refer to their departments and the wider staff as ‘a family’. They came up with 20 reasons why staff should work here...there were lots more, but we couldn’t fit them all on one page! Check them out and our ‘About Us’ video on the school website. 

Also, we take workload issues seriously and we believe our Academy does more than any other to help staff maintain a sustainable and joyful life/work balance. Read more here.

“I’ve recently joined HAGR and am really happy here already – it’s very different to my last school. The support and training is great, and the systems just work. For example, the system for managing behaviour allows me to get on with the business of teaching. The kids are lovely but if you do have a problem you just email ‘on call’ and someone from SLT is in your room within three minutes to help you solve it.”  Bill, Geography

What are we passionate about?

“I have the great privilege of not only seeing young people grow and flourish, but providing opportunities for staff to step into their greatness in an environment that feels really safe and rewarding. We’ve worked hard on making this a brilliant place to work and learn – naturally we are all passionately student focused and we touch lives every day, but that shouldn’t come at the sacrifice of staff. I believe you can have it all in a school and experience tells me that happy teachers make great teachers so we work hard on that.

"We don’t grade lessons, we don’t create fear in the workplace and we certainly don’t burn out our staff. Indeed, we are incredibly mindful of our ‘life/work balance’ which I hope will be refreshing to hear for staff in other schools who feel constantly bashed and ground down by relentless pressure from above. What we aim to do is engage, motivate, energise. It’s such fun teaching here.”  George McMillan, Principal

What is the Harris Federation?

The Harris Federation is a highly successful group of schools who serve many of the most deprived areas of London. We are collaborative, enterprising and share a passion for turning lives around, yet each school is autonomous and free to set its own vision and strategy for how it does that. Each Harris school feels completely different in terms of culture, ethos and the day-to-day experience of staff. Perhaps this is the school you’ve been looking for.

Forget what you’ve heard about big, bad Federations. This is a school that keeps staff morale high, that gives you a sense of purpose, a sense of autonomy, a sense of trust and continual support and challenge to achieve mastery. Come pay us a visit and see for yourself.

Harris Greenwich: Step into your Greatness

Come and see us in action: visits to Harris Academy Greenwich are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 020 8859 0133 or email info@harrisgreenwich.org.uk to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

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. 



More about Harris Academy Greenwich
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London, SE9 5EQ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 859 0133
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School summary

Harris Academy Greenwich is a happy, well resourced, highly successful, inner-city London 11-18 school with a thriving 6th Form, and a brand new state-of-the-art building. It is a school where we are as passionate about developing our s...