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18/07/19

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Opening a student bank account? Speed things up with your UCAS status code. Watch this video to see where to find it! 🔍 https://t.co/XNsqH4jbSr

18/07/19

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Changed your mind? You can decline your place in Track. This is all done online so you do not need to confirm with the uni or college that you are declining their offer. Find out how in this video 📺 https://t.co/R5hdAdM68X

18/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

Issue 2 of our Insight magazine is now out. You can read it on our website - please follow this link: https://t.co/tW0oNHGXrc

18/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant role? Why not consider a job here at Harris Federation? Join one of our many schools across London and gain invaluable experience at the start of your career. https://t.co/qtP5Q1vOva https://t.co/s2I4OKRY4K

18/07/19

Great work! https://t.co/2gXQe7fr4p

18/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

Year 7 building their own university today! https://t.co/82KeeDNERs

18/07/19

Retweeted From HarrisBeckenham

Our Year 9s are immersed in a day packed rich with history. They have enjoyed a walking tour of Whitechapel, learning all about the murders of 1888 and are currently experiencing a day in the life of an Elizabethan soldier!” https://t.co/LyLjJ2MbGN

18/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Garrard

Find out how Year 4 have been working with our secondary teachers to add depth and challenge to their and lessons in Year 4. at its best! https://t.co/oBSW4xc6nx https://t.co/QtVfJwg3s9

18/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Orpington

The Summer Edition of The HAO Post has been delivered to students! Have a look inside to find out what the Academy has been doing this term: https://t.co/u5F6GqKHrn

18/07/19

Retweeted From Southwark News

UK FIRST: A COMPLETELY FREE NURSERY TO OPEN IN SE15 There is a total of thirty-two fully funded places https://t.co/B37d9OoDPb https://t.co/0doRwjXiZ5

14/07/19

we would love to have you visit sometime to encourage our students https://t.co/CsUidLhmLs

14/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Careers

England’s First Free Nursery is opening soon! Harris Nursery Hub Peckham with support from sponsors, Urban Exposure, will offer free full-time spaces. Across a newly developed site, facilities include a dedicated sensory room and an all-weather garden. Find out more today!

14/07/19

Retweeted From Harris Greenwich

Last week of term coming up. Please ensure your child has 100% attendance...we keep them learning to the last minute - no videos or other waste of time. School finishes at 2pm on Friday.

13/07/19

Retweeted From WORDfest 13.07.2019

WORDFest officially opened by Sir Dan Moynihan! https://t.co/f9whZRqD7I

  • July 18, 2019 Opening a student bank account? Speed things up with your UCAS status code. Watch this video to s...
  • July 18, 2019 Changed your mind? You can decline your place in Track. This is all done online so you do not nee...
  • July 18, 2019 Issue 2 of our Insight magazine is now out. You can read it on our website - please follow this ...
  • July 18, 2019 Looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant role? Why not consider a job here at Harris Federation?...
  • July 18, 2019 Great work! Read more
  • July 18, 2019 Year 7 building their own university today! Read more
  • July 18, 2019 Our Year 9s are immersed in a day packed rich with history. They have enjoyed a walking tour of W...
  • July 18, 2019 Find out how Year 4 have been working with our secondary teachers to add depth and challenge to t...
Matt Britt

Matt Britt

Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred & Harris Primary Academy Mayflower

"My own calling into teaching was inspired by some very special teachers."

When I was studying for my A levels in Solihull, I worked in two local primary schools, including with a truly inspirational teacher who helped build my confidence and completed my education as a person. At 18, I volunteered with disadvantaged pupils in London, opening my eyes to the wider world. Later, an amazing socialist politics teacher opened my thinking again and challenged my prejudices and narrow mindedness.

All of these factors combined to make me a better person and to develop a passion for teaching. I applied to study at the University of Warwick and once I'd graduated in 1991, I launched my teaching career at Bellenden Primary School in South London.

I joined the Harris Federation in January 2014, taking on Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred before opening the new five-form entry free school, Harris Primary Academy Mayflower, in September 2014. In September 2016, I also became the Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Orpington. This is an exciting new challenge as we attempt to turn around the performance of a predecessor school which has been requiring improvement since its 2014 inspection.

In addition to this, I have been working to support the Principals and staff at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace and Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane in 2015-16. I have loved being part of these successful and vibrant academies.

I love the collegiate feel of being part of the Harris team. Sabeena Hasan, our Regional Primary Director, and Sir Dan, our Chief Executive, are nationally renowned school and system leaders and the support we receive is second to none. 

Before joining the Federation, I heard some negativity about the accountability of working for Harris, but I have never worked with a stronger, more supportive team. Of course, we expect the best for every Harris pupil, but we are all very much in it together. When things have gone well, I have been asked to share the best practice and it has been celebrated, and when things haven't gone as well the support I've had from colleagues and the Harris team has been heartfelt and incredible. This is not a place for hero leadership; it is most definitely a sustainable and hugely collaborative approach.

I love knowing that I am part of the most successful academy chain in the country and I love the fact that the support for business management, project management, HR, recruitment and ICT leaves me free to focus on the business of leading teaching and learning. Even though I am responsible for three primary academies I do have a good work life balance. This is due in no small part to the Harris approach.

The three academies I lead have some fantastic strengths. Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred has vibrant displays and the work in pupils' books and Early Years Learning Journals is exemplary in terms of presentation and quality.

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower is set in an inspiring new building. The vision for the academy of “Excellence. Every Child. Every Day.” is brought to life through the core values which underpin the behaviour and teaching and learning approaches.

If you are applying for a position at any of these academies, you should come with an open mind, a willingness to embrace change and receive feedback, and a good sense of humour. Be prepared to put your heart and soul into shaping the very best education for each of our pupils but be prepared to learn and grow every day too. Even if you're just thinking about working for a Harris Academy, do pay us a visit – we are always willing to show visitors around.

Teaching at Harris gives you a chance to learn your trade with the best academy chain in the country and supported by an incredible team of gifted educationalists with a track record of success. Why would you look anywhere else?

My top three qualities when looking for a teacher:

  • Someone who is open to reflective practice and will grow and develop, whilst embracing change and improvement.
  • Someone who can communicate well both when speaking and in writing.
  • Passion for the job and someone who has done their research about me and the academies before coming to interview.

 

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