Stronger Teachers Stronger Leaders Stronger Schools


Welcome to the School Leader Development website! Here you will be able to find out more about its Director, Michael Harpham, as well as the training, coaching, books and resources that are available.

Our aim is to support and enable school leaders to provide the best possible education for their pupils. We firmly believe that stronger teachers and stronger leaders make stronger schools. This encapsulates our three key objectives:

a) Creating stronger teachers through the effective leadership of teaching and learning;
b) Creating stronger leaders through more effective team leadership; and
c) Creating stronger schools through more effective organisational leadership.

Our intuitive platform will help you navigate the website and find the best support for you and your team, with all users able to access and engage with our diagnostic tools, training programmes, and learning resources from wherever you are. By supporting and enabling you to deliver more effective teaching or leadership in your school, we are here to help you secure greater results for you, your team and your students.

How We Can Help You

Below you will find the  different ways we support leaders in schools.
If you know what support you are looking for, go directly to the individual or group coaching, or training programmes we offer.
If you don’t know what specific support you are looking for, book a free 15-minute consultation by clicking the link at the top right of the page, or see below for further information about a 1:1 consultation.

1:1 Consultation

Get in touch and receive a free 15-minute consultation and start your, or your team’s development journey here.


Find out about the individual and group coaching deals here.

Training & Lectures

Find out about our lectures and training courses available for you here.



What we have achieved and what people have said



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Our Books and Resources

Our books and resources provide the knowledge, research-based theory and easy-to-apply strategies that underpin our consultations, coaching, training and lectures.

Progress Plain and Simple

Progress Plain and Simple:
What every teacher needs
to know about improving
pupil progress.

Teamwork Plain and Simple

Teamwork Plain and Simple:
5 key ingredients to team
success in schools.

The School Leader’s Year

The School Leader’s Year:
month-by-month progress,
every lesson, every day.


Adding value through improving progress made over time or making more progress in skills, knowledge, accuracy, resilience or independent learning.

Teacher's average rating for the effectiveness of the workshop training on their teaching. 85%
Headteachers' average rating for the effectiveness of the training programmes in their school. 90%
100% of the participating senior leaders rated themselves as confident or very confident by the end of the Senior Leader Induction Course. 100%

Join the 1000’s of teachers and school leaders we’ve supported

Mike Harpham’s new book is now available to pre-order!

Following on from Progress Plain and Simple (2020) and The School Leader’s Year (2022), based on his doctoral research, Teamwork Plain and Simple: 5 key ingredients to team success in schools (2023) was published in May 2023 and available to purchase from WHSmiths, Waterstones, Amazon and all good book shops!