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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

Building thriving schools in the face of disadvantage

Thursday 3 December 2020, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

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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

Integrated services: what belongs within the school gates?

Thursday 28 January, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

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As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, the critical role schools play in their communities have 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.

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. 

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

Building thriving schools in the face of disadvantage

Thursday 3 December 2020, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Moderator: Jenny Griffiths

Jenny is the Education Research Specialist at Teach First with a focus on curriculum content and pedagogy across teacher development and leadership programmes. She is currently leading research projects into Early Years and Primary teaching training, and Mentoring. Her early career was in project management and research, before retraining as a History teacher at the IOE. She then spent 10 years as a teacher and head of department in London comprehensives before pursuing her passion for research.

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Speakers

Katie Ashford

A former Deputy Head Teacher and MAT Director of Professional Learning and Development (serving communities with high levels of deprivation), Kathryn works at the Teacher Development Trust as an expert adviser. As the former Associate Dean for Learning Design at Ambition Institute, Kathryn is interested in instructional design and the development of teacher and leadership expertise. She is an accredited Fierce Conversations coach and is currently studying a masters in Educational Leadership at Gloucester University, with a keen interest in organisational development and dialogic inquiry. She keeps her knowledge of school improvement up-to-date serving as a Chair of Governors and is also part of the @SLTchat team on twitter. Kathryn is also a trustee for RefugeeEd and oversees the induction and development programme for volunteers.

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Andy Bygrave

As an Achievement Partner with Teach First, Andy supports Senior Leadership Teams across a portfolio of schools. This involves developing their strategic leadership capacity and capability through providing one-to-one and group coaching sessions, along with the delivery of a unique set of Teach First Foundation and Mastery learning modules.

Prior to joining Teach First he taught in number of secondary schools. Over 26 years he has held middle and senior leadership positions. As headteacher, he led a secondary school out of Special Measures.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson

Sarah is Headteacher at Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham. She has been a teacher for 27 years, and in leadership roles for 20. Last year she took protesters against LGBT rights to court and won in a stance for equality, equity and justice. She is a member of Teach First National Forum and is Primary rep on NAHT National Executive. Last year she was awarded several awards including TES Person of the year and Pride of Birmingham 2020. She is passionate about Shakespeare, Birmingham, her daughters and relishes a good challenge.

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Kathryn Morgan

Katie is a founding teacher and Deputy Headteacher at Michaela Community School, a newly-opened free school in Wembley, London. Since training on the Teach First programme in 2011, she has specialised in SEN teaching and the teaching of reading. Katie has written for the Times Education Supplement, spoken at national and international education conferences, and created an extensive teaching resource called “Building Brilliant Vocabulary” for Routledge books. She blogs at Tabula Rasa Education.

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Integrated services: what belongs within the school gates?

Thursday 28 January, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

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, Teach First

Past panels

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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