We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities for our staff, no matter what their role. In addition to structured qualifications, working at Harris means you will have access to support, coaching and mentoring from senior members of staff across the Federation.

Application - National Institute of Teaching

We are one of the four founding trusts of the National Institute of Teaching

We evolve teacher and leader development by using cutting-edge research on best practice to inform the design and delivery of our high-quality professional development programmes.

By supporting development opportunities for teachers at all levels, we enable our staff to be the best that they can be, and provide endless routes to progress their careers. 

I can say without any reservations that coming to work for Harris was the best decision I made in my professional life. I joined as Vice Principal; since then, I have been supported, coached, and nurtured to not only excel as a Vice Principal but also to prepare me for my current role - Head of Academy. The continued support and excellent CPD opportunities at every stage of your career is unmatched. I cannot imagine working for any other school or trust now, except Harris. 

Zainab Ladak, Head of Academy - Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park

We will give you excellent development to progress your career in way that works for you, whether that be into leadership, or specialising in areas such as SEND or pastoral positions.

Our NPQ programmes

Through the NIoT, we offer the whole golden thread of CPD, from Initial Teaching Training onwards, including the full suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). 

Our delivery model is grounded in tried-and-tested evidence of effective school improvement. The programmes are underpinned by theory, mapped for progression across all qualification levels, and application of learning is prioritised to facilitate successful implementation.

Support is a central component to our NPQ facilitator-led programmes, with 1-1 mentorship and coaching available on all courses.

Specialist NPQs

  • NPQ in Leading Teaching
  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQ in Leading Literacy
  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQ in Leading Primary Maths


Leadership NPQs

  • NPQ in Early Years Leadership
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership
  • NPQ in Headship
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership


These programmes build on what we know from practice works; enabling leaders to enhance their leadership and develop others. We’re committed to sharing learning and building capability with other schools to enable these programmes to achieve maximum impact by raising the bar to improve outcomes for young people.