Michael is a natural facilitator. with a long history in the learning sector as a teacher, senior manager and consultant, Michael has a deep understanding of how individuals learn. Drawing on decades of pedagogical knowledge and practice, Michael specialises in working collaboratively with clients to help them identify the impediments to improvement and the paths to change. Michael’s experience also encompasses the boardroom, and he is a true strategist, always with the long game in mind. He has a particular interest in the development of senior leadership teams.
Michael’s career in the learning sector began as an English and Drama teacher. Whilst developing his pedagogical practice he co-authored two books on the Teaching of Shakespeare and received the highest ratings during Ofsted inspections. Not content with teaching during the day Michael set up after-school drama classes throughout the towns of Northamptonshire teaching 5-18 year olds.
Michael left the classroom to join Kumon Educational UK, where after a short period as an Area Manager he was promoted to the position of Senior Manager, managing a team of 25 staff, ensuring the growth and development of 500 after school study centres with over 50,000 students.
Michael’s interest and focus on the potential for development led to a return to the East Midlands to establish his own learning consultancy. Michael’s understanding of how individuals learn and how to make school wide initiatives work has meant he has worked in the majority of the “shires” between London and Nottinghamshire and in a range of learning settings including most primary, secondary, special schools, hospital schools and pupil referral units. Although a specialist in school settings his understanding of learning processes has meant he has helped to develop and deliver learning programmes for cultural organizations and private companies. His clients include, but are not confined to, Abbey National, Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Nimlok, TQ Education, Independent Thinking Ltd, T.M.C and Cre8us.
Michael’s specialisms are:
- Designing and delivering learning programmes
- Facilitating development and inset days
- Developing pedagogical practice
- Embedding change programmes
Michael holds a first degree from Sheffield University, a PGCE, and a Masters from the University of Northampton in Arts in Applied Contexts. A keen sportsman Michael, when not engaged in the development of others, can be found working on his own development as a cyclist and skier!