Fri 18 June 2021, 09:30 - 15:30

Festival of Education: Teach First’s Friday Fest workshops (18 June)

We’re excited to be partnering with the Festival of Education, an online event taking place between 16 – 30 June 2021.

We’re excited to be partnering with the Festival of Education, an online event that takes place between 16 – 30 June 2021.  This two-week festival is a key event in the education calendar as it offers an array of inspiring keynotes and CPD days, all bringing credible, topical and thought-provoking sessions that you can access for free.

Typically hosted within the beautiful grounds of Wellington College, this year’s festival will be a virtual experience in-line with COVID-19 guidelines. There will be daily keynotes taking place every afternoon of the festival and each Friday will feature valuable CPD opportunities for education professionals.

We’ll be hosting a number of CPD workshops over the two Friday Fests, aiming to bring you the latest thinking from a range of different voices in education. Please see the following workshops we have planned for Friday 18 June:


Careers after COVID-19: prep for post-pandemic possibilities

09:30 - 10:20

COVID-19 has made the world of work even more uncertain for disadvantaged pupils. Learn how schools can open doors to a future they deserve.


  • Louise Preston (CHAIR) – Head of Programme Management at Teach First
  • Mike Britland Development Lead at Teach First 
  • Catherine YoungCareers Leader Level 6 Professional Careers Adviser at Kingsbury Green Academy 


The digital legacy of COVID-19: what’s next for edtech?

10:50 - 11:40

COVID-19 forced the education sector to go almost completely digital. But what aspects of it should be kept, and what should we let go of?


  • Helen Farmer (CHAIR) Head of Digital Learning at Teach First
  • Amy Mitchell Director of Programme Innovation and Insights at Teach First
  • Amanda Agard - Development Lead, Early Years and Primary at Teach First 


Spinning plates: should we develop specialists or leaders?

12:10 - 13:00

Do school leaders lead specialisms, or are they specialist leaders? Explore what effective leaders need to know – and why it really matters.


  • Bridget Clay (CHAIR) Director of School Leadership at Teach First 
  • Alice DunnHead of Curriculum Design at Teach First 


Courageous leadership on race and inclusion

13:20 - 14:10

Schools represent the communities we serve. Explore how leaders can better embed racial inclusion across all areas of school life.


  • Joanne Benjamin-Lewis (CHAIR) - Curriculum and Training Lead at Teach First
  • Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE
  • Evelyn Forde MBEHeadteacher at Copthall School 


Please find the events listing for Friday 25 June and our keynote session on Thursday 24 June.

For more information about the Festival of Education and how to register your attendance, click below:

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