Whatever career stage you are at, your skills and passion for supporting pupils achieve the best outcomes in life fit perfectly with us.
Whilst most organisations and good schools will offer staff a toolbox of fantastic pedagogic resources, in the Learning in Harmony Trust we want people to not only know how to use that toolbox, but to understand why to use it and what makes them tick as educators. We believe this will allow staff to bring the best out of themselves and of others, and not only develop as professionals but also as people.
We encourage you to browse through the 'Why Work for Us' sections to get a further feel for what it means to be part of the Learning in Harmony Trust team.
We work in partnership with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, offering high-quality teacher training in primary school education. The SCITT PGCE courses offered all lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a PGCE in Primary Education and give you up to 60 credits towards a masters degree. The programme gives you extensive practical classroom experience and a detailed knowledge of both the National Curriculum and of educational pedagogy. The programme opens in August and finishes in July, and more details are available here.
We also work with a number of UK universities to offer placements for trainee teachers, both in their final year and as experiential placements earlier in their courses. This is a great opportunity to particularly explore working in a special school, which has split sites specialising in autism and multiple disabilities, and several students to date have had placements across our primary and special education settings.
NQTs and NQTs+1
Teachers new to the profession go on a learning journey in partnership with each other during their first two years of teaching in a Learning in Harmony school. They come together regularly as a whole cohort and also benefit from highly individualised training in their own schools. The broad mix of schools in the Trust means that staff have the opportunity to spend time in an Outstanding special school and in successful mainstream schools in both Newham and Southend.
Our NQTs also benefit from a weekend away in the spring at an outdoor activity and residential centre, where they get to learn more about themselves and their colleagues. Recent feedback includes:
'We all had a spectacular time away at our team building weekend at Stubbers, and I want to thank you on behalf of all NQTs who went for organising our trip. It was honestly an incredible weekend away, which we will never forget!' Shabs Razvand, 2017-18 NQT, Sheringham
Utilising our Apprenticeship Levy, we work in partnership with the National Institute of Education to support our staff to study on Masters programmes. Currently, both a Masters in Teaching and a Masters in Educational Leadership are on offer at the University of Buckingham with further programmes under development for both teaching and support staff.
We have a coaching culture, which provides support and challenge with a clear focus on learning outcomes. Senior leaders receive coaching training and one-to-one sessions from independent external partners, and this is cascaded down to more junior members of staff through conversations and appraisals. Senior and middle leaders also work closely with our external school improvement partners.
Emerging teaching and non-teaching leaders have several opportunities to network amongst peers from other schools, an opportunity enhanced by our shared collaborative value and the very different settings of our schools. A number of staff take part in leadership development programmes each year, which challenge them to rethink their approach to themselves and others and gain confidence to take on more responsibilities.
Additionally, all teaching staff have access to our bespoke leadership development online tool, which sets out very clearly the Trust expectations at various career levels and allows staff to work with their senior leaders to build their knowledge and practice in a more targeted way. When ready to take the next step in their careers, staff are invited for a face-to-face assessment centre session where they can discuss their developmental progreess with senior leaders who are independent from their school. All senior leadership appointments across the Trust are depending on candidates meeting our assessment centre standards, which helps to build a common language and practice across the Trust. This is particularly important for staff who choose to spend time on secondment in other schools across the Trust.