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 Devon and Cornwall, I went to read history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. After graduating I trained as a history teacher at Cambridge, where I remained for further postgraduate study, and I am close to completing my PhD supervised by Christine Counsell and Philip Gardner. I taught history at Hinchingbrooke School and was Head of History at Cottenham Village College. I worked at the University of Cambridge on international projects in Kazakhstan, as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of history education, the history of education and the philosophy of education. I left my role at Cambridge to take up an Assistant Headship at the West London Free School, before moving to my current role as the Subject Specialist Lead for History at Inspiration Trust. I continue to be a tutor on the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching (History) at Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education.

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. 

My wider interests including hillwalking and mountaineering (I am a past-president of Cambridge University Hillwalking Club and a member of the Alpine Club), as well as learning German and the violin.

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