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  • Start date details

    January or Easter 2025

  • Closing date

    17 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    23 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Other leadership roles

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

Generous salary package based on experience and expertise

Additional allowances

Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Harris Benefits including relocation allowance where necessary

What skills and experience we're looking for

Harris Federation is looking to appoint a new Primary Education Assistant Director starting in January or Easter 2025. Reporting to the Primary Director, you will be one of four primary Assistant Directors with oversight for a cluster of primary academies across London.

As an Assistant Director, you will lead school improvement across a cluster of academies, working closely with the Principals, other academy leadership as well as central services and governors to ensure a culture of strong support and challenge. The Assistant Director plays a strategic role in working alongside the Primary Director and the CEO to drive the ongoing strategic vision and development of the Federation as a whole, to ensure that we maintain our standard as the one of the most successful large MATs in the country.

We are interested to hear from inspirational leaders who can provide the leadership, management support and challenge which promotes the highest standards of achievement and enables the Federation to give every pupil high quality education.This post would suit an experienced executive leader who is currently overseeing a small to large group of schools within a Multi Academy Trust, or potentially, a highly experienced school leader who is working across multiple sites as a Principal/Headteacher.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious leader to join and work within a supportive, rewarding and highly successful MAT, where you will benefit from working with a network of leaders with knowledge, experience and coaching.

Conversations with our Primary Director, Sabeena Hasan, are encouraged ahead of the interview date. To arrange a conversation, please apply for the position to register your details and we will make contact with you to make arrangements.

What the school offers its staff

The Harris Federation is a leading education charity with 54 Harris primary and secondary academies across London and Essex. The founder, Chairman and sponsor of the Harris Federation, Lord Harris of Peckham, opened our first school in 1990. We now educate some 38,000 young people and closing the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission.

The Harris Federation has a track record of accomplishment in achieving success through rapid school improvement and has built an unrivalled reputation for running outstanding academies in London.

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.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.In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Commitment to safeguarding

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. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

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About Harris Federation

Multi-academy trust
Phone number
0208 253 7777

Making an impact
Educating 1 in 41 young people in London, we have a track record of achieving success through rapid school improvement, and a reputation for running outstanding academies. Our focus is on the most challenging schools in London and turning them into places where every young person has access to a high-quality education.

Commitment to young people in London
Unlike other large multi-academy trusts, we are committed to transforming schools in London and the surrounding areas. This focus on localisation means we intimately know the communities we work in and have the expertise to help our young people from these backgrounds to succeed. It also allows us to build a much stronger whole Federation network, collaborating more closely to share best working practices across our academies.

Centralised support
To ensure our academies can deliver exceptional education to our young people, we provide them with a strong support provision. Our dedicated central team supports all 52 of our academies, acting as a central hub with expertise in Finance, HR, Compliance, Estates, Audit, Recruitment, and IT, and many more. This centralised structure takes away much of the educational administration from our academy colleagues, allowing them to focus on what they do best – developing bright futures for our young people.

Experts in education
We are focused solely on education and have a team of experienced senior leaders who drive our ambition to deliver outstanding learning opportunities to as many young people as possible. Our organisation is led by people who have extensive experience working in education and know exactly what it is like to be at the forefront of teaching.

Arranging a visit to Harris Federation

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email rebecca.irwin@harrisfederation.org.uk.

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