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Primary Innovation Leader

Harris Garrard AcademyBexley

We are looking for an inspirational, experienced Primary Teacher, holding QTS or equivalent, to join Harris Garrard Academy as Primary Innovation Leader.

Your opportunity

As Primary Innovation Leader, you will support the strategic direction and development of the primary phase. The main purposes of the role are:

  • Supporting the vision, ethos and policies of the Academy which secures effective teaching and successful learning and promotes high levels of achievement and self-esteem for all
  • Helping lead and manage the creation and implementation of the Academy Improvement Plan 
  • Establishing the policies through which the academy’s aims and objectives shall be achieved and evaluating the effectiveness of this 
  • Contributing to relevant sections of the Academy Improvement Plan and Academy Evaluation Form
  • Ensuring the effective and proficient use of pupil data from a variety of sources, both internal and external, in the process of target setting
  • Developing effective partnerships with parents and carers of children from identified groups, keeping them informed of their child’s progress
  • Developing and maintaining good relationships with parents, carers and outside agencies and the local community

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. Harris Garrard Academy is seeking to appoint inspirational and talented staff. We have high expectations where outstanding teaching and the wellbeing of all pupils and staff are at the heart of our improvement planning, our pedagogy and practice. We welcome applications from practitioners who:

  • Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a good undergraduate degree
  • Have at least three years’ teaching experience within a culturally diverse environment and producing high quality achievements for all children
  • Can show evidence of successful management experience of a curriculum area or phase
  • Have experience of contributing to problem solving and strategic thinking at a whole academy level
  • Are able to provide professional leadership and management of a staff team 
  • Have experience of involvement in assessment, pupil tracking and record keeping
  • Have knowledge of relevant pedagogy and curriculum developments in literacy and numeracy
  • Have excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Have knowledge of the EYFS and National Curricula and the principles of effective literacy and numeracy teaching within each key stage    
  • Can show evidence of successful working relationships with parents and carers, Governors, outside agencies and the local community    
  • Have experience of effective data analysis and target setting

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

About Harris Garrard Academy

Harris Garrard Academy is a new school with drive and ambition. Located in the wider South Thamesmead area, we cater to a vastly vibrant 3-19 aged student community. Accessible by fantastic rail and bus transport links, the academy’s stunning working environment is within a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004.

Dedicated to moving forward

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.

As one of Harris’s successful all-through academies, staff at all levels belong to a strong, cohesive team working with Executive Principal Chris Everett and the wider SLT team. Staff can expect to grow with us as we continue to innovate and evolve as an academy. With ample opportunity to build on CPD, your potential is limitless with us.

Next Steps

Please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your online application.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. Applications will only be considered if submitted online and before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Our Benefits Package

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package.

Find out more about Our Benefits

Being a part of the Harris Federation

We are recognised as the top performing large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of Harris. Holding a reputation for bringing transformative approaches to education, we hold a unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Our people are at the heart of this success. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes available at every stage of your career.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

Learn more About Harris and our Vision and Values

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

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Diversity and Equality

We are committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.

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