Welcome to the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance

Who are we?

The Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance is the professional development centre for the Harris Federation. We provide high-quality training to schools and academies in and around London.

The Harris Federation has a proven track record of transforming underperformance rapidly, with 20 of our secondary academies all rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and 75% rated ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted). This success is a result of talented and dedicated teachers, support staff and leadership teams working effectively within our academies.  Our Teaching School Alliance is a superb way to share best practice and continue to develop and contribute to the wider educational system.

Our Teaching School Alliance

The Teaching School remit is covers six areas:

  1. Initial Teacher Education (ITE through School Direct)
  2. Succession planning and talent management
  3. Continuing Professional Development
  4. School-to-School support
  5. Specialist Leaders of Education
  6. Research and Development

Two of our Academies have been awarded Teaching School status by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Harris City Academy Crystal Palace was one of the first 100 Teaching Schools designated nationally in summer 2011 and was selected to offer Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) core training. Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is the most popular non-selective, non-faith school in the country because of the Academys' third consecutive ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted 2014) track record. The Academy has a diverse intake with students coming from a range of London boroughs.

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred also became a designated Teaching School in spring 2013, partnering with Harris City Academy Crystal Palace to form the Alliance. Harris Academy Chafford Hundred has an ‘outstanding’ track record. Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is well known for delivering high-quality training including delivering the Outstanding Teacher Programme and the Improving Teacher Programme. The Academy also offers a range of professional development courses and improvement packages for other schools and school leaders. The Academy has won a number of awards from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and is an SSAT consultant school.

Both Teaching Schools work collaboratively with the rest of the Federation Academies to deliver the Teaching School offer, making up the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance. We are keen to work with more schools to share tried and tested practices, designate Specialist Leaders of Education and offer high-quality training opportunities to teachers.

Join our Alliance

If you would like information about the benefits of becoming part of our Alliance, please contact us at info@harristeachingschool.com.