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Aiden Harper, Founder and Director

I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995 with an honours degree in Physical Education before going on to complete my Masters in Education Management in 2000. After spending the first 5 years of my teaching career teaching Physical Education I have since held leadership positions within education including, Head of Year, Head of Psychology, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher. It was during this time I developed a real understanding and passion for how character and leadership education can impact values-led education to raise aspiration and achievement and underpin social mobility.

This led me in 2008 to establish TFL (Teaching Future Leaders) Education and I have since focused on designing a flexible, sustainable and cost-effective life-long leadership development framework so that everyone can have access to personal leadership education to support their academic, professional and social success. Our KS2 - KS5 student leadership programmes have been taught in schools across the UK and Internationally in a number of countries including; Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, USA, Switzerland, Cyprus, Egypt, Malawi and Nigeria.

In 2010 I achieved Chartered Manager status and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Chartered Management Institute. This led me to develop a strategic partnership with the institute, establishing a recognised Centre approved to deliver, assess and accredit Level 2 - Level 7 professional Leadership and Management and Coaching and Mentoring qualifications.

In 2019 I was appointed as a Chartered Manager Advisor and Assessor and TFL Education was designated a Chartered Manager Assessment Centre. This has enabled me to develop a Chartered Manager programme that spans all employment sectors and which integrates with existing appraisal and talent management programmes to provide a gold standard all managers can aspire towards. I have worked in my advisor and assessor capacity to support a number of UK and International based Business Owners, Chief Executives, Chief Operating Officers, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers, Managers and Senior Leaders on their journey to Chartered Manager status.

In 2013 I was invited to become a Trustee of Great Schools Trust, a role I fulfilled until 2020 and which enabled me to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of all aspects of school and multi-academy trust governance.

Sarah Harper, Director

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.

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