Mr Michael Harpham

Mr Michael Harpham MEd, MA, NPQH, GRSM(Hons), LRAM

Education Consultant

With twenty-five years' teaching experience, fifteen of those at senior leadership level, including headship, in a broad range of schools in London and the Home Counties, Michael has extensive educational and leadership experience to share. In addition, with two master's degrees, completing a doctorate in education and author of two books, he also brings significant authority and ability to his work.

His passion is for education. He set up his own consultancy, School Leader Development Ltd, to develop and deliver training programmes for teachers and school leaders. He also enjoys supporting and developing staff and teams to reach their potential and as such, tours universities with a training programme for PGCE and BEd students based on his first book, "Progress Plain and Simple" and is a highly experienced mentor and coach.

Michael grew up in Yorkshire and went on to study singing, piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. When not working, he continues to enjoy the artistic side of life, especially photography (published by the Sunday Times) and music (performing his own work at the Royal Albert Hall).

Other hobbies include hiking up mountains, (he successfully climbed Kilimanjaro for a school charity) or travelling (blogged across India and spent a year on a Fulbright Exchange with the British Council teaching Music in California).


  • 2019 PGR Researcher Excellence Awards - Highly Commended
  • 2019-20 ILD Impact Award Winner (PGR student category)


  • BERA

Research / Scholarly interests

Book - "Progress Plain and Simple: What every teacher needs to know about improving pupil progress" published by Routledge, March 2020

Book - "The School Leader's Year" to be published by Routledge, June 2021

Completing EdD thesis on "Factors influencing effective senior leadership teamwork in English secondary Schools".