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25/03/17

Retweeted From Karl Hoods

Another great conference. Thanks to those that organised and for hosting!

25/03/17

Hovers doing practical science! https://t.co/9aEv7NFSsa

25/03/17

Lord Harris presents awards for our Governors that have served in our schools for 5 years and over - Thank you! https://t.co/u6G2keXNLC

25/03/17

Retweeted From Harris Fed TSA

Governors understand the new mathematics curriculum by learning like students. https://t.co/QUX6nHiWCi

25/03/17

A great day of training on offer for our Governors. https://t.co/6Cyff3fNb8

25/03/17

We are really grateful for all you do 🏆 https://t.co/QlGGbHHUoE

25/03/17

Science Consultants presenting to Governors on the New National Curriculum & Assessment for Science.… https://t.co/fShQHfzN6z

25/03/17

Retweeted From Matt Britt

Well done Michelle Cunningham, Jerry Spillane and Ann Slater for getting Governor Awards. https://t.co/ylsRqXhPnW

25/03/17

Lord Harris of Peckham addresses Governors and thanks them sincerely for all the hard work within our schools… https://t.co/0gf3bNVKfr

25/03/17

Sir Dan Moynihan addressing Governors. https://t.co/kkn66QuISn

25/03/17

Governors will also hear from sponsor, Lord Harris, Sir Dan Moynihan & Director, Andy Meighen.

25/03/17

Conference topics include: an introduction to the New Inspection Dashboard & Governing with the New National Curriculum & Assessment.

25/03/17

We look forward to welcoming colleagues to our "Governing for Impact Conference" starting in under an hour!

24/03/17

Retweeted From HPA Orpington

Year 2 have made cards for to say thank you for keeping us safe and doing an amazing job. They will be… https://t.co/tvnpMNlYPu

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

A free theatre performance for young people from the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs foundation. At the Bernard Weatherill Hous… https://t.co/bH3r2hWk68

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris Rainham

Sports Fixtures for week beginning 27th March 2017 https://t.co/K4Wluz0h3L

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

HCACP students cooking up some bread items in today https://t.co/62bEg3PIK3

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

HCACP Rugby Trails will be held tomorrow March 25th 2017. Learn more at https://t.co/tcLzFfkiiA https://t.co/6kslj7lKsi

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

If you are being bullied or think you know someone who is – make sure you tell an adult. We are here to help you:… https://t.co/xY2PqbeJry

24/03/17

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

65% of students achieved at least five A*-C grades incl. English and maths and 40% achieved Ebacc. https://t.co/HpYAJ5y3wu

  • March 25, 2017 Hovers doing practical science! Read more
  • March 25, 2017 Lord Harris presents awards for our Governors that have served in our schools for 5 years and ove...
  • March 25, 2017 RT : Governors understand the new mathematics curriculum by learning like students. ...
  • March 25, 2017 A great day of training on offer for our Governors. Read more
  • March 25, 2017 We are really grateful for all you do 🏆 Read more
  • March 25, 2017 Science Consultants presenting to Governors on the New National Curriculum & Assessment for Scien...
  • March 25, 2017 RT : Well done Michelle Cunningham, Jerry Spillane and Ann Slater for getting ...
  • March 25, 2017 Lord Harris of Peckham addresses Governors and thanks them sincerely for all the hard work within...
Matt Britt

Matt Britt

Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, Harris Primary Academy Mayflower and Harris Primary Academy Orpington

"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. Ann Berger, our Primary Director, and 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.

Harris Primary Academy Orpington is only opening in September 2016 and what it already has to offer are the most wonderful playing fields and facilities. The staff are also very dedicated and committed to making the academy a special place.

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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