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See what some of our Harris Academy Principals have to say about the School Direct programme...

Nicola GrahamNicola Graham

Executive Principal at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, Harris Academy Rainham and Harris Academy Riverside

I am a firm supporter of the Harris School Direct scheme. At a time when recruitment is challenging, it is a pleasure to welcome new teachers into the profession and watch them grow. It is a fast-paced, dynamic scheme which allows new teachers to progress at a rate that suits them and to experience the true day-to-day life in school.  

The training that they receive in Westminster is excellent and they speak very highly of this aspect. It is a superb blend of hands-on practice, theory and collaboration with other new teachers. I would have chosen this scheme myself and recommend it without reservation. 

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Matt BrittMatt Britt

Executive Principal at Harris Primary Academy Mayflower and Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred


As the Executive Principal of two large Harris Primary Academies, I am indebted to the work of the Harris Initial Teacher Education programme and in particular the work they provide in training and supporting School Direct trainees.

The School Direct trainees that we have employed receive the highest quality of training and I know from my work with the Initial Teacher Education team that they evaluate every single session offered to the trainees to measure the success and refine the training for the next week. The guidance, backing and support provided to my in-house mentors has also been exceptional and the quality of the provision has persuaded me to take on 10 School Direct trainees across my two academies for the coming year.

The two year contracts offered ensure that trainees are seeing themselves as committed employees from day one and all of our trainees to date have excelled and are hard to distinguish from my good and outstanding teachers, with many years of experience, by the end of the second term.

I wish I had been able to train this way when I launched my career in education twenty five years ago. I had disjointed teaching practices that didn’t link to my course based learning. My School Direct trainees learn on a Thursday and come back to put the ideas into practice on a Friday.

I can’t recommend the programme highly enough!

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