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Habs Institute of Professional Learning

Habs Institute for professional Learning is the dedicated training and development arm of the Haberdashers’ Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust with schools across south London and Kent.

Our mission is to drive school improvement within our schools so that we are the Trust of Choice. To achieve this, we need to attract and retain the best staff so that our pupils are supported to achieve the best outcomes. Developing our people is non-negotiable and a key priority.  

Through Habs Institute, we will train future leaders, managers, teachers and support staff through a progressive, rewarding and engaging professional learning offer. This includes:

  • Talent Development Pools

  • NQT Training

  • Subject specialists

  • Coaching

  • Leadership development

  • Supporting our support staff to thrive

  • Continuing Professional Development

  • Networking events to share expertise

  • Apprenticeships 

You will be professional challenged but the rewards and development you will receive will be worth your commitment to your professional learning journey. You will be supported at every step of your journey.  

Professional Development & School Improvement

Habs Institute provides support and expertise to staff and departments across our nine schools, with particular focus on leadership programmes and curriculum implementation in the core subjects. Committed to the Trust’s mission to make our schools the best places for our students to learn and grow, Habs Institute focuses on implementing sustained and enduring change through a diverse range of programmes, resources and expertise that effectively support our staff in their development and improve the quality of teaching and learning across our Trust. 

Take a look inside one of our all staff annual training day conferences.

Initial Teacher Training – Schools Direct and Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeships

Habs Institute runs a high quality and unique one-year training programme based in one of our schools. Our accredited school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Apprenticeship courses that enable graduates and career changers to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the additional option of pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Our trainees benefit from unparalleled support from experienced mentors and the Trust’s wealth of knowledge, expertise, and insights, as well as access to a unique set of opportunities through the Haberdashers’ Advantage. 

Train to Teach with us 

Strategic Partnerships

Through our strategic partnerships we enhance our capacity and access to expertise to support school improvement and professional development.

Challenge Partners

All the schools in our Trust belong to the Challenge Partners network. Challenge Partners schools believe in providing the best possible education to all our children. We are convinced that we can achieve this when we harness the skills and knowledge that already exist within our schools. The Habs Institute for Professional Learning co-leads a collaborative hub of 17 schools with the Charter Schools Educational Trust. Through this collaboration we seek to provide every school leader in our partnership with access to the combined wisdom of the education system. 




The Habs Institute for Professional Learning is a National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) delivery partner for UCL IOE. UCL IOE is one of 6 national providers recently accredited by the DfE to design, deliver and assess the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for school leadership. As a delivery partner for UCL IOE we lead the NPQs in South-East London and Kent, using expert facilitators from our network to lead the training conferences, host the peer support networks and provide ongoing support. 

The specialist and leadership NPQs provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels, from those who want to develop expertise in high-quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts.

To learn more about the NPQs click here.

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