Our People

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Aiden Harper

Founder and Director

Aiden graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995 with an honours degree in Physical Education before going on to complete his Masters in Education Management in 2000.

His career has seen him work in a number of state secondary schools in the UK as a classroom teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and as a member of numerous Senior Leadership Teams. During this time he developed an understanding and real passion for how character and leadership education impacts a values-based education strategy that raises aspiration and achievement and underpins social mobility.

In 2008, he founded TFL Education Ltd and has focused on designing a flexible, sustainable and cost-effective life-long leadership development framework.

In 2010, Aiden founded the World Leadership Academy; achieved Chartered Manager status and became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

In 2019, Aiden was appointed as a Chartered Manager Advisor and Assessor and TFL Education was designated a Chartered Manager Assessment Centre by the Royal Chartered Management Institute.

Aiden is a trustee of Great Schools Trust, a not-for-profit Multi Academy Trust, and Chair of Governors at King's Leadership Academy Hawthornes in Liverpool.

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Sarah Harper

Director of ‘Be Scene’ Performing Arts Academy

Sarah graduated from Liverpool Hope University in 2000 with an honours degree in Music and Theatre Studies and entered the teaching profession in 2001, after gaining her teaching certificate in Secondary Drama from Liverpool University.

Her teaching career has seen her work in a number of state secondary schools across Merseyside as a Performing Arts teacher, Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher.

Sarah’s love of the performing arts can be traced back to her primary school days. Here, a very creative curriculum and some very talented teachers provided the spark that ignited her love of singing, dancing and acting.

In 2016, Sarah left her full-time teaching post to become Director of Pupil Workshops at TFL Education. She also graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with an MA in Education Management. Studying for her Masters degree allowed Sarah to focus her academic research on understanding the impact of explicitly teaching character qualities and leadership skills.

In 2017, Sarah extended her role at TFL Education and founded ‘Be Scene’ Performing Arts Academy. It is through ‘Be Scene’ that Sarah provides accessible provision that combines her love of the performing arts with her knowledge of the impact character and leadership education can have on raising aspiration and achievement and promoting social mobility.

Sarah has trained as an Arts Award adviser; facilitates drama workshops with the Everyman Playhouse and Merseycare; and provides singing lessons for pupils preparing for London College of Music examinations in Musical Theatre and Popular Music Vocals.

In her spare time, Sarah continues to perform in a piano vocal duo act and is a devoted mum to her three amazing children.