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Future terms: an online panel series

We're hosting a series of online discussions exploring how schools can rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.

Schools will be at the heart of our country’s efforts to recover. They’re already doing all they can to prepare the next generation for a new era and working hard to build a fair education for all.
We want to help. So we’ve put together a series of panel discussions featuring expert voices from across the sector to help schools start planning for some of the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead.
None of us can predict the future. But we can all work together to explore how schools can support their pupils – and the whole school community – to emerge, rebuild and adapt. To define their own ‘future terms’.
Sign up below to join our five digital discussions running throughout June and July – all are welcome and attendance is free.


Panel 1

Future terms: Recovering lost learning for the hardest hit

This panel aired on Thursday 4 June. Watch a full recording here.

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.


  • 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

Panel 2

Future terms: Preparing pupils for their new normal

This panel aired on Thursday 11 June. Watch a full recording here.

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.


  • 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

Panel 3

Future terms: Looking after each other after lockdown

This panel aired on Thursday 18 June. Watch a full recording here.

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.


  • 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

Panel 4

Future terms: Budgeting for the unknown

This panel aired on Thursday 25 June. Watch a full recording here.

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.


  • 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

Panel 5

Future terms: Building on the home-schooling legacy to revitalise learning

This panel aired on Thursday 2 July. Watch a full recording here.

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.


  • 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

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


Panel 1

This panel aired on Thursday 4 June. Watch a full recording here.

Moderator: Vidhu Sood-Nicholls

Director of Fundraising, Teach First


Pedro De Bruyckere (PhD)

Pedro is Postdoctoral Researcher at Leiden University and Educational Scientist at Artevelde University College. He is also the co-author of several books on youth and education, and an international public speaker. Pedro co-authored two popular books on Urban Myths about Learning and Education. He is also an avid blogger on new research in education

Nathan D’Laryea

Nathan is Assistant Headteacher at Loreto High School Chorlton. 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. He 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, the most vulnerable groups in particular.

Professor Becky Francis

Becky is Chief Executive Officer of the Education Endowment Foundation. She was previously Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), and has also previously been Professor of Education and Social Justice at King’s College London, Director of Education at the Royal Society of Arts and Standing Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Education Select Committee. Her academic expertise centres on social identities and inequalities in educational contexts. 

Dame Alison Peacock

Professor Dame Alison is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is former Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens' College Cambridge, member of the Royal Society's Education Committee, and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University. Dame Alison's research is published in a series of books on Learning without Limits: an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Panel 2

This panel aired on Thursday 11 June. Watch a full recording here.

Moderator: Graihagh Crawshaw

Director of School Leadership, Teach First

Graihagh joined Teach First in 2009 to develop Access programmes, following a fast-track PGCE in English at Drama at the IOE. As Director of the South East, she helped set up an entirely new region for the charity. In 2012, Graihagh then became Head of School Relationships. Since January 2019, Graihagh has been Director of School Leadership Programmes: overseeing five programmes to over 500 school leaders each year, ensuring that more are supported to bring sustainable change for their pupils.


Natalie Brookshaw

After moving to London, and finally returning to the North to work for Dixons Academies, Natalie has been committed to challenging educational disadvantage in complex urban settings. She joined Dixons Trinity Academy, Bradford (the first secondary free school to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted) as Head of English and subsequently Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning. In 2018, Natalie opened Dixons Trinity Chapeltown: a new all-through free school in Leeds. With a strong emphasis on culture, Natalie is passionately determined that all children will climb their mountain to university, succeed in a top job and have a great life.

Marie Gentles

Marie is Co-Director of Magic Behaviour Management and a behaviour advisor for the UK government. She has had a successful career in education, with 11 years in special schools and 7 years in the mainstream school setting. Up until January 2020 she was headteacher of an Outstanding Primary Pupil Referral Unit and Social Emotional and Mental Health Provision in London. Marie has in March 2020 become a specialist leader of education.

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. 

William Thompson

This is Will's 34th year in education. He has had a varied career that has seen him work in eight co-educational comprehensives, and for the last ten years he has been a Principal in two schools in challenging circumstances: Forest Academy in Redbridge and, currently, Brittons Academy in Havering. He has worked for Pixl for the past 12 year as an associate, helping raise standards in other schools. 

Panel 3

This panel aired on Thursday 18 June. Watch a full recording here.

Moderator: Shelley Gonsalves

Executive Director for Programme Delivery, Teach First

Shelley is responsible for the high-quality delivery of our programmes. She joined Teach First in 2009 and has held numerous roles within the charity. Prior to joining, Shelley spent seven years serving communities in Houston, Texas. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education from the University of St. Thomas. She proudly serves as chair of governors at East London Arts and Music.


Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Jaz's passion for the potential we can uncover in ourselves when we are just 2% braver and her insight into how to remove the barriers that hinder connection between us and those we seek to influence make her one of those people you will never forget. Jaz’s story is one of growing up in the midst of most appalling abuse, poverty and hardship during which she encountered five adults (and, importantly, one pimp) whose belief in her literally saved her life. She shares her fantastic journey of how saying yes first allowed her to progress from council estate and foster care to advising international governments on education policy.

Lisa Fathers

Lisa is an experienced teacher, trainer and school leader, currently serving as Director of Teaching School and Partnerships (BFET Executive Team) at the Alliance for Learning Teaching School. Lisa oversees  collaboration, professional development and school improvement across a network of over a 100 schools. She is currently coaching a number of headteachers and executive headteachers.

Lisa has pastoral and mental health experience: she is a National Trainer with Mental Health First Aid England, leads the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme and Co-Chairs the Mental Health in Education Board in the North West. Lisa has recently undertaken the role of Chair for the national ‘Well Schools’ Board with the Youth Sport Trust. Lisa’s teaching school has a unique wellbeing offer which reflects her passion for wellbeing, mental health and physical activity.

Cornelia Lucey (MA Leadership, MSc MAPPCP, MBPsS)

Cornelia is a psychologist and positive leadership expert. She has worked in leadership development in the UK and International education sector and across sectors for over a decade. Prior to that she was a middle leader at secondary level. In 2018 she co-founded LIVEWISE: a social-mission-focused consultancy that supports charities and organisations to build positive organisations and develop positive leadership. Her expertise and research areas are wellbeing, resilience and positive leadership. Her most recent research More Willing to Carry On looks at a positive psychological intervention and its impact on early career teachers. Current clients include Teach First and INSEAD business school. 

Tom Shaw

Tom has been working in education and community development for over 20 years, based in London, Bradford, Oxford and Leeds across both independent schools and state schools. He has held a range of senior management roles and been responsible for training both staff and children in Restorative Practice. He is part of the working group that developed Restore Our Schools. He is currently Senior Manager of Research and Development at Carr Manor Community School.

Panel 4

This panel aired on Thursday 25 June. Watch a full recording here.

Moderator: Bridget Clay

Head of Programmes: School Leadership, Teach First

Bridget is a former teacher who works with schools on their leadership and development. She recently 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.


Natalie Perera

Natalie is the Executive Director and Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute, an independent research institute she co-founded in 2016. Prior to that Natalie worked in the Department for Education where led on research and policy interventions, including narrowing the gap facing disadvantaged children, and reform of the school funding system. Between 2014 and 2015, she was seconded to the Cabinet Office where she worked in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. Natalie is also a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust in South London and a trustee of The Fair Education Alliance and Causeway Education.

Jonathan Simons

Jonathan is the Director of Education and head of the education practice at the consultancy Public First, which works with some of the biggest organisations in English education to help them shape their message and improve policy. He has spent the past fifteen years working in and with government on education issues– including eight years in government including a spell in the No10 Strategy Unit; as the Head of Education for the think tank Policy Exchange; and working in international education for the global charity Varkey Foundation. In these roles, he has written extensively on all elements of the English education system and is a frequent media commentator and columnist. Jonathan is a Member of Astrea Multi Academy Trust, a Trustee of Education Development Trust and of the Anthem Multi Academy Trust, and is the co-founder of Greenwich Free School. 

Kim Shubrook

Before entering her teaching career, Kim had 20 years of experience in corporate finance as Chief Accountant in the Middle East, Africa and Europe Division of an international company. During her 20+ years in education she has held positions from teacher, to headteacher and governor. Kim started on the pilot of Leading Together in January 2018 with a deep seated belief that the programme really addressed a gap that she felt was missing for school leadership. Kim has also co-chaired the local Children’s Board Committee, became a Kent Leader of Education and sat on the board of the local Pupil Referral Unit.

Ed Vainker

Ed is Executive Principal and the co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham, an all-through school in West London. He also leads the Reach Children's Hub, offering cradle-to-career support to the community in Feltham. He is a 2003 Teach First Ambassador and previously worked for Teach For All. He was awarded an OBE in 2019. 

Panel 5

This panel aired on Thursday 2 July. Watch a full recording here.

Moderator: Amy Mitchell

Head of Programme Insights and Digital Learning, Teach First

Amy taught Science in Tower Hamlets before completing a Masters in Teaching at the IoE, with a focus on teacher development. She has spent time at KPMG, Melbourne, working in learning and development, and is currently studying towards an MBA. She is the mother of two young children and lives in Bristol. Amy is particularly interested in how technology, and the current digital set-up, can support schools sustainably in the long term.


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.

Daisy Christodoulou

Daisy is Director of Education at No More Marking. She works closely with schools on developing new approaches to assessment. Before that, she was Head of Assessment at Ark Schools. She has taught English in two London comprehensives and has been part of government commissions on the future of teacher training and assessment.

Daisy is the author of Seven Myths about Education and Making Good Progress? The future of Assessment for Learning, as well as her influential blog. In March 2020 her third book Teachers vs Tech was published by Oxford University Press.

Ladi Greenstreet

Ladi has a human-centered, solution-oriented mindset that he has translated into a successful career at Accenture, where he is Head of the UK&I Venture team focusing on connecting start-ups, corporations, and investors to improve business performance - and the world at large. Over the course of his life, Ladi has often questioned the many inequalities he’s witnessed in society and has positioned himself to make an impact in various sectors, from health to education and beyond, through identifying forward-thinkers who are using technology to make a real difference.

Matthew Hood

Matt is Principal at Oak National Academy. He is also an independent adviser on educator professional development at the Department for Education and a founder at Ambition Institute - one of the largest providers of educator development in England. Matt is also a trustee at The Brilliant Club, Chair of Governors at Bay Leadership Academy in Morecambe and convener at researchEd Home. He is a former teacher, school leader and charity director.


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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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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