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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.
We'll be running a Twitter debate during the live panels. Join the discussion using #FutureTermsPanel.

Upcoming panels

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

Sat 26 September, 9.30am to 10.30am (senior leaders and headteachers)

This panel is designed for current or aspiring senior leaders and headteachers.

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Sat 26 September, 11am to 12pm (middle leaders)

This panel is designed for current or aspiring middle leaders.

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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 (see: 'Past talks'), while helping programme members explore how to support their own school priorities and recovery this new academic year.

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

Speakers (9.30am):

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

Speakers (11am):

  • Nathan D'Laryea - Assistant Headteacher, Loreto High School
  • Lisa Fathers - Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, Bright Futures Educational Trust

More speakers to be announced soon.

We’ll be running a Twitter debate during the live panels. Join the debate using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can help school leaders and teachers as they build a fairer education for their pupils and communities.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development at Teach First

Speakers

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

Moderator: Bridget Clay

Head of Programmes for School Leadership, Teach First

Bridget is a former teacher who works with schools on their leadership and development. She co-authored Unleashing Great Teaching, a book which outlines the culture and processes for great learning for teachers and students. She is Head of Programmes for school leadership at Teach First and was previously Director of School Programmes at the Teacher Development Trust. She has advised a number of organisations, including the Department for Education and the Greater London Authority, and is a frequent speaker, including at ResearchED and The Telegraph Festival of Education.

Sat 26 September, 9.30am to 10.30am (senior leaders and headteachers)

Speakers

Cassie Buchanan

Cassie is Executive Headteacher of Charles Dickens Primary School and Nursery, a foundation school in Southwark, London. The school was judged to be Outstanding in all areas in September 2019. She established the London South Teaching School Alliance in 2014 and Charles Dickens Research School in 2019 which is part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s national network. All the organisations moved swiftly online when schools closed providing open-access video lessons and resources as well as training. The school also recently launched an online music hub with instrumental lessons and choirs. The SEND provision is listed in the DFE recommended digital providers. 

Vicky Counsell

Vicky is Principal at Evergreen Primary Academy.

Marie Gentles

Marie has had a successful career in education and significant experience in her field, with 11 years in special schools and 7 years in the mainstream school setting. Marie is Co Director of Magic Behaviour Management Ltd, a training and consulting company, and also a behaviour advisor for the government. Up until January 2020 she was the Headteacher of an Outstanding Primary Pupil Referral Unit and Social Emotional and Mental Health Provision in London. Marie has gone on to make her mark in changing the way we see and manage behaviour and in March of this year become a specialist leader of education and a in August became a Solihull Approach trainer.

Dennis Simms

Dennis is a school leadership specialist, Co-chair of Heads Forward (Teach First's Ambassador Headteacher Network) and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Justice's Education Policy Unit. Dennis has worked in secondary education, post-16 and latterly Alternative Provision, as Head of School at CP Riverside School.

 

Sat 26 September, 11am to 12pm (middle leaders)

Speakers

Nathan D'Laryea

After retiring from professional football in 2009, Nathan completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in 2012 with a Mathematics specialism. He taught for two years at Dixons Allerton Academy in Bradford, before moving to Loreto High School in 2014. Nathan completed an MA in Education and Leadership, focusing on mathematical pedagogy and school improvement. At Loreto, he spent three years as Head of Mathematics before being appointed Assistant Headteacher. As Raising Standards Leader, his remit within the senior leadership team is to improve the outcomes for all students and in particular the most vulnerable groups.

Lisa Fathers

Lisa has a wealth of leadership experience gained through her career as a teacher, trainer and school leader. She is Director of Teaching School and Partnerships and an executive leader of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, overseeing collaboration, professional development and school improvement. Lisa is also an experienced coach, with a raft of pastoral/mental health experience - she is a national trainer for MHFA England, leads the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme, co-chairs the NW Mental Health in Education Board and chairs the national ‘Well Schools’ Board with the Youth Sport Trust.

 

More speaker details to be announced soon.

We’ll be running a Twitter debate during the live panels. Join the debate using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can help school leaders and teachers as they plan the longer-term return to school into next year.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First

Past panels

Building on the home-schooling legacy to revitalise learning

This panel aired on Thursday 2 July 2020.

Watch the recording

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, Head of Programmes for 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

We’ll be running a Twitter debate during the live panels. Join the debate using #FutureTermsPanel.

Schools are doing an incredible job right now in difficult circumstances. I hope our online panel series can help school leaders and teachers as they plan the longer-term return to school into next year.
Reuben Moore,
Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First

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