Think Graduate Programme

If you are a graduate who is passionate about helping children achieve their potential, our Graduate Programme is for you.

We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a school environment, learning to teach with expert classroom practitioners. Our school-based Teaching Assistant placements cover both primary and secondary phases (Early Years to Key Stage 5) and can be your first step on the journey towards a job as an outstanding educator. We can offer you invaluable classroom experience to help develop your knowledge and skills ahead of initial teacher education.

We expect that many of our graduate Teaching Assistants will go on to complete their Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through the Harris School Direct programme.

To be considered for our graduate programme, you need to have:

  • A bachelor's degree, ideally at 2:1 or higher
  • A grade C or higher in GCSE English and mathematics (or standard equivalent)
  • A grade C or higher in a science subject (or standard equivalent) if you intend to teach at Primary level

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Do you have a Maths- or Physics-related degree?

The Harris Federation also supports the Future Teaching Scholars programme, an exciting new and challenging route into teaching. We regularly host training and interviews, and we welcome any eligible candidates who are interested.

The programme is designed for outstanding students who plan to study a Maths- or Physics-related degree at university.

Successful applicants are awarded a valuable scholarship package that includes:

  • a £15k grant whilst you study for your Maths- or Physics-related degree and become expert in your chosen subject
  • extensive personal and professional development support for six years based in outstanding Teaching Schools including
    • national and regional events exclusively for Future Teaching Scholars
    • exciting school-based activities during your undergraduate years
    • opportunities to be involved in research to improve Maths and Physics teaching
  • a place on an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course tailored to your needs
  • a pre-ITT course in the summer after you graduate
  • support in finding your first teaching job
  • membership of an elite cohort of Future Teaching Scholars


Primary Education

Primary is the start of a child’s educational experience and we want teachers who thrive on nurturing young minds and their development. We believe that children will only thrive if they are consistently happy and safe at school.

We expect our primary school teachers to demonstrate a basic knowledge of all subjects in the curriculum (for Key Stage 1 and 2). If you have a degree, not necessarily in a specialised subject, and believe you fit the criteria of a primary school teacher, please contact us.

Key Stages covered:

  • Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7; infant or primary school)
  • Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11; junior, middle or primary school)

Secondary Education

Our Secondary Academies combine the traditional values of good manners, strong discipline and smart uniform with the best of modern teaching and technology.

Our secondary school teachers specialise in teaching certain subjects (sometimes two) and hold the aim of preparing pupils for the future. If you hold a degree relevant to the subject you wish to teach, and believe you could succeed in the secondary education arena, then we would love to hear from you.

Key Stages covered:

  • Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14; secondary school Years 7, 8 and 9)
  • Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16; GCSEs at the end of this stage)
  • Key Stage 5 (ages 16-19; level 3 qualifications, including A-Levels)
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