Michael Fordham

fordham-2016Welcome to my webpage. I am a history teacher, and I write and speak about history education and the philosophy of education. If you would like to get in touch about my work then please email me, or use the links above to find out more about what I do.

Having grown up in the south-west of England, I went to read history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where I developed an interest in early-medieval British history. After graduating I trained as a history teacher at Cambridge and am close to completing my PhD under Christine Counsell and Philip Gardner. I taught history at Hinchingbrooke School and was Head of History at Cottenham Village College; in both schools I mentored trainee history teachers for the Cambridge PGCE. I worked at the University of Cambridge on international projects in Kazakhstan, as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of history education, the history of education and the philosophy of education before taking a post as an  Assistant Headteacher at the West London Free School. I am currently the Subject Specialist Lead for History at Inspiration Trust, and I remain an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge where I teach on the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching (History).

I have published in the fields of history education, the philosophy of education and medieval history, and I speak regularly for a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally. I do occasional pieces of consultancy work for a variety of organisations, including exam boards, multi-academy trusts, universities and not-for-profit organisations. I was the Outstanding-Educator-in-Residence for the Singapore Ministry of Education in 2014, and received an Honorary Fellowship from the Historical Association in 2016. I currently sit on the Education Committee of the Royal Historical Society. Since 2010 I have been an editor of the journal Teaching History. I edited a series of A-Level History textbooks with David Smith for Cambridge University Press. I am a member of the Historical Association, the Royal Historical Society and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

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