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Future terms: an online panel series

We're hosting monthly online discussions with experts in education, exploring topics set to impact our future terms.

Calling all teachers, school leaders and anyone interested in our education system's future – Teach First are bringing together experts from across the sector to explore its most pressing issues and emerging ideas.
This monthly event is a chance to look ahead and discuss what we can do together to help build a fairer education.
Each panel lasts an hour, with time for you to ask questions. If you can’t make the live event, register to attend and we’ll send you a recording via email. Sign up below to join in – all are welcome and attendance is free.
Join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureTermsPanel.

Upcoming panels

In the eye of the storm: Decision-making during rapid change

Thursday 25 February, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

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In the unpredictable, volatile environment we’re all working, how are school leaders making significant decisions? With the backdrop of COVID-19, we’ll be hearing from school leaders who are constantly adapting and responding in the ever-changing landscape of schools. We’ll hear examples of the decisions being made and the approaches used to ensure a purposeful and positive learning environment is maintained, whilst managing risks and maintaining some long-term strategic thinking.

Come and explore the impact, lessons learned and persistent problems in this period of change, plus you’ll be able to join the discussion with your own questions.

Join Chair Matthew Evans, Headteacher at Farmor's School, and guests for this conversation.

Speakers:

  • Suzanne Lewis-Dale - Acting Deputy Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at St Joseph's Catholic Academy
  • Emma Robins - Headteacher at New Silksworth Infant Academy and New Silksworth Junior Academy
  • Olamide Ola-Said - Senior Vice Principal at John Keats Academy
  • Rachel Orr - Development Lead for School Leadership Programmes at Teach First

Making EdTech fair: Is technology boosting social mobility?

Thursday 25 March, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

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If COVID-19 has shown us anything, it's that fair and equal access to technology needs to be at the heart of building a fair education for all. But the last 12 months has also shown us that the digital divide is far from being closed.

Join us for another fascinating Future Terms discussion as our speakers will explore the role of EdTech in closing this chasm. Can it really help to boost social mobility? And how can we ensure fair access to this burgeoning technology?

Joining the panel will be Damian Hinds, Member of Parliament for East Hampshire and former Secretary of State for Education. More speakers to be announced soon.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can support school leaders and teachers as they plan and lead our young people in uncertain times.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development at Teach First

Speakers

In the eye of the storm: Decision-making during rapid change

Thursday 25 February, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Chair

Matthew Evans Headteacher at Farmor's School

Matthew has been a headteacher in Gloucestershire for 8 years and has worked in secondary school senior leadership for 16 years. He is the author of Leaders with Substance: An Antidote to Leadership Genericism in Schools and blogs as The Educontrarian. Matthew is a course leader on Ambition Institute’s NPQH programme and works with the University of Gloucestershire on a cross-European project to transform leadership development. In his spare time, Matthew can be found on a mountain.

Follow Matthew on Twitter @head_teach.

Speakers

Suzanne Lewis-Dale Acting Deputy Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Suzanne Lewis-Dale has just transitioned into her new role as Acting Deputy Head in charge of teaching and teaching at St Joseph’s Catholic School. This is her third year on the leadership team at St Joseph’s. Her main remits have been head of sixth form and lead in careers, ethos, PSHE and deputy safeguarding. For the last year she also worked at St Wilfrid's another secondary school in the Bishop Chadwick trust as assistant head, sixth form and careers lead. When in the classroom she teaches Art and RE.

Follow Suzanne on Twitter @Suzdale79.

Emma Robins - Headteacher at New Silksworth Infant Academy and New Silksworth Junior Academy

Emma has worked in education for over seventeen years and has over fourteen years of senior leadership experience. She is currently Headteacher of two schools in Sunderland, New Silksworth Infant Academy and New Silksworth Junior Academy, part of Extol Trust based in the North East.

Emma joined Extol Trust in 2017 as Associate Headteacher to provide leadership support, and to develop and strengthen teaching and learning.  Shortly after, Emma was appointed Headteacher of New Silksworth Academies where she has successfully led both schools through their school improvement journey, resulting in both schools securing ‘Good’ judgements from Ofsted in 2019, lifting the Infant Academy out of its legacy ‘inadequate’ judgement. She has extensive experience of, and is passionate about, delivering continuous improvement and working with key stakeholders to create improved life chances for pupils, their families and communities.  

Follow Suzanne on Twitter @Emma_Robbins80.

Olamide Ola-Said - Senior Vice Principal at John Keats Academy

Olamide is the Senior Vice principal at Ark John Keats Academy, an all through school in Enfield. He is currently responsible for curriculum and teaching in the primary phase, but has recently been appointed as Headteacher and will take up the role in September 2021. Olamide is also a governor and Teach First ambassador (2013 EY cohort).

Follow Olamide on Twitter @mide_9.

Rachel Orr - Development Lead for School Leadership Programmes at Teach First

Rachel is an experienced primary practitioner having worked in five different schools over 30 years with two Deputy headteacher posts and two headships. She currently works on Teach First’s School Leadership Programmes for NPQML, NPSL and NPQH with teachers from primary, secondary and special schools. Rachel is a member of a multi-academy trust in the North East of England comprising of three very different primary schools situated in the old coal field areas.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelOrr.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can support school leaders and teachers as they plan and lead our young people in uncertain times.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First

Past panels

Integrated services: What belongs within the school gates?

This panel aired on Thursday 28 January 2021.

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the critical role schools play in their communities has become clearer for all to see. Beyond providing children with an excellent education, additional responsibilities such as providing meals, crucial safeguarding and parental engagement activities have become a bigger part of many schools’ operations in recent years, especially during lockdowns.

But are schools really well-placed to provide such services? And if they are, what resources will they need to be sustainable?

We'll explore the questions around parent and family services run by schools; their potential benefits as well as risks. Join us as our expert panel assess opportunities within the current policy environment and share their perspectives on the future of integrated school services. 

Join Emilie Sundorph and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang - Director of Lighthouse
  • Emma Bowman - Director of Children's Services at Barnado's
  • Tilly Browne - Primary Headteacher at Reach Academy Feltham
  • Anna Hennell James - CEO of Orwell Multi-Academy Trust

Building thriving schools in the face of disadvantage

This panel aired on Thursday 3 December 2020.

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Every school has its challenges – never more so than right now. But we know that schools in disadvantaged communities face an even steeper uphill challenge to recruit, retain and develop the best teachers when it comes to achieving the greatest outcomes for students.

So what makes a school sustainably successful? Come along to the latest in our Future Terms series to hear more about research carried out by Teach First, which pinpoints the key features woven into successful schools in disadvantaged areas. Our expert panel will unpick what it takes for schools to maintain teacher wellbeing and ensure a fair education for all.

Join Jenny Griffiths, Education Research Specialist at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Katie Ashford - Deputy Headmistress at Michaela Community School
  • Andy Bygrave - Achievement Partner at Teach First
  • Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson - Headteacher at Anderton Park Primary School
  • Kathryn Morgan - Expert Adviser at Teacher Development Trust

Increasing racial diversity in the literature we teach

This panel aired on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

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Did you know, a pupil can finish school having never encountered a single book written by an ethnic minority author? That’s not right. It needs to change. In October this year we launched our report Missing Pages – increasing racial diversity in the literature we teach. It sparked debate and proved that racial representation in literature is a topic that matters to our community.

In this Future Terms episode we’ve invited experts from across the sector to discuss not just why this is a problem – but how we can solve it. Join our online panel event to hear how we can help children to fall in love with literature.

We also recommend you look at our Missing Pages library, filled with book recommendations from our community for more diverse English literature lessons.

Join Lord Jim Knight and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Joanne Benjamin-Lewis - School Partnerships Lead at Teach First
  • Kwame Boateng - Educator at The Black Curriculum
  • Djamila Boothman - English Teacher and Assistant Headteacher at Woodside High School
  • Katy Lewis - Head of English, Drama and Languages at Pearson Edexcel

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the whole school community

These two panels aired on Saturday 26 September 2020.

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This panel of serving school leaders and sector experts will explore and discuss the impact of the school closures and lockdown in 2020. We will find out how pupils and the wider school community have been impacted, and what effect this has had upon returning to school.

We will return to themes explored in our Summer 2020 panels, while helping programme members explore how to support their own school priorities and recovery this new academic year.

Join Bridget Clay, Director School Leadership at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers (9.30am - senior leaders & headteachers):

  • Cassie Buchanan - Executive Headteacher, Charles Dickens Primary and CEO, Charter Schools Educational Trust
  • Vicky Counsell - Principal, Evergreen Primary Academy
  • Dennis Simms - Co-Chair, Heads Forward and Education Consultant, Simms Coaching

Speakers (11am - middle leaders):

  • Nathan D'Laryea - Assistant Headteacher, Loreto High School
  • Marie Gentles - Founder, Magic Behaviour Management
  • Lynn Nicholls - Education Consultant, Bright Futures Educational Trust

Building on the home-schooling legacy to revitalise learning

This panel aired on Thursday 2 July 2020.

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Schools and the wider education sector have responded in innovative, flexible ways in the wake of school closures. What have we learnt about how schools can do things differently? And which solutions are worth keeping as schools adapt and re-invent in the long-term?

Join Amy Mitchell, Head of Programme Insights and Digital Learning at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Cassie Buchanan - Executive Headteacher, Charles Dickens Primary and CEO, Charter Schools Educational Trust
  • Daisy Christodoulou - Director of Education at No More Marking
  • Ladi Greenstreet - Head of UKI, Accenture Ventures
  • Matthew Hood - Principal, Oak National Academy

Budgeting for the unknown

This panel aired on Thursday 25 June 2020.

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Many schools will have new financial and staffing challenges once pupils return. How can schools plan for this and adapt their ways of working?

Join Bridget Clay, Director of School Leadership at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Natalie Perera - Executive Director, Education Policy Institute
  • Jonathan Simons - Director and Head of Education Practice, Public First
  • Kim Shubrook - Achievement Partner for Leading Together, Teach First
  • Ed Vainker - Executive Principal and Co-Founder, Reach Academy Feltham

Looking after each other after lockdown

This panel aired on Thursday 18 June 2020.

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The entire nation has experienced a collective trauma. What approaches should schools implement to protect the mental health – and rebuild the resilience – of the whole school community? How can schools prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of staff and pupils?

Join Shelley Gonsalves, Executive Director for Programme Delivery at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Jaz Ampaw-Farr - Speaker and Resilience Ninja
  • Lisa Fathers - Head of Teaching School and Co-Principal, Bright Futures Educational Trust
  • Cornelia Lucey - Psychologist and Positive Leadership Consultant, LIVEWISE
  • Tom Shaw - Senior Manager of Research and Development, Carr Manor Community School

Preparing pupils for their new normal

This panel aired on Thursday 11 June 2020.

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Returning to the routines and expectations of school will be challenging for many pupils, especially for those who will have had little or no structured learning during lockdown. How can we help them to re-establish their routines and what strategies could support the most vulnerable learners? 

Join Graihagh Crawshaw, Director of School Leadership at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Natalie Brookshaw - Principal, Dixons Trinity Chapeltown
  • Marie Gentles - Co-Director, Magic Behaviour Management
  • Jenny Griffiths - Education Research Specialist, Teach First
  • William Thompson - Principal, Brittons Academy

Recovering lost learning for the hardest hit

This panel aired on Thursday 4 June 2020.

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The learning and support lost during school closures will have a longer-lasting impact on the most disadvantaged pupils. This discussion will explore how schools hit hardest by COVID-19 can close the gaps.

Join Vidhu Sood-Nicholls, Director of Fundraising at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.

Speakers:

  • Pedro De Bruyckere - Postdoctoral Researcher, Leiden University and Educational Scientist, Artevelde University
  • Nathan D’Laryea – Assistant Headteacher, Loreto High School Chorlton
  • Professor Becky Francis - Chief Executive Officer, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
  • Dame Alison Peacock - Chief Executive Officer, The Chartered College of Teaching

Join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can support school leaders and teachers as they plan and lead our young people in uncertain times.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First

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