Teacher Training in North London
Habs is based on a rural, 100-acre site in leafy Elstree, Hertfordshire, whilst being within easy reach of London and nearby to junctions on the M1, M25 and A1. They have the largest coach network of any school in the UK, allowing pupils from far and wide to benefit from a Haberdashers’ education. This coach service is shared with the neighbouring Girls’ School.
Both the Habs Boys and Habs Girls offer the best of single-sex education in a unique co-educational environment. They trace their roots back to the 17th Century. Pupils leave the school knowing that they have benefited from the very best, well-rounded educational experience, the quality of pastoral care and the opportunity to take part in the most varied of character-building co-curricular programmes. They have the knowledge that this privilege brings with it a duty of ethical leadership and social responsibility.
Meet the North London Hub Leaders - Marie Carrick & Richard Thompson
Marie is a geography teacher with over 20 years experience in the classroom, having taught in both the state and independent sectors. She read Geography at the University of Leeds and undertook her PGCE at the Institute of Education/UCL. She is a former Head of Humanities in a large Hertfordshire school and is currently the Assistant Director of Teaching at Habs, with responsibility for Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework. She recently completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership with a specialism in leading Early Career Teaching which was the focus of her dissertation. She has a particular interest in the important role of mentoring and coaching in supporting Early Career Teachers. She works closely with the Independent Schools Induction Panel (IStip) to provide high quality training at Habs which is a Regional Centre for NQT/ECT induction. In her spare time, she likes to walk in the beautiful Hertfordshire with her family and dog!
Richard has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher of Modern Languages, including more than 15 years as a Head of Faculty in a large independent school. Having graduated from the University of Durham, he gained his PGCE at the University of Cambridge. Although he studied more German than anything else at university, he now teaches predominantly French with some Italian. He also works as a senior examiner for two examination boards. He has a long-standing interest in partnerships and outreach projects, and for many years was involved in a successful London-based Independent–State School Partnership. Having mentored numerous colleagues over the years, including some new to the profession, he is looking forward to taking on the role of NML SCITT Hub Leader. Alongside a passion for the culture and literature of Italy and the French-speaking world, he has an interest in developing pupils’ confidence as language learners, establishing ongoing dialogues with pupils through marking and feedback, the use of appropriate resources and the value of trips and exchanges as ways of facilitating pupils’ contact with the countries whose languages they are studying.
Hub Partner Schools
To gain hands-on classroom experience, your teacher training course in North London includes the opportunity to work in two different schools.
Founded in 1875, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls is a leading independent day school for girls aged 4-18. It provides a challenging, positive, stimulating and secure community in which their students enjoy working hard to fulfil their potential. One of their unique features is the fact that they are based on the same campus as Habs Boys. This provides them with the best of both worlds; a single-sex education in a co-educational environment.