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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

Thursday 4 June, 4pm - 5pm 

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 Reuben Moore, Executive Director for Programme Development at Teach First, and guests for this roundtable discussion.


  • Pedro De Bruyckere - Postdoctoral Researcher, Leiden University and Educational Scientist, Artevelde University
  • 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

Thursday 11 June, 4pm - 5pm 

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 Crashaw, 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

Panel 3

Future terms: Looking after each other after lockdown

Thursday 18 June, 4pm - 5pm  

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.


  • Cornelia Lucey - Psychologist and Positive Leadership Consultant, LIVEWISE

Panel 4

Future terms: Budgeting for the unknown

Thursday 25 June, 4pm - 5pm  

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.


  • Ed Vainker - Executive Principal and Co-Founder, Reach Academy Feltham

Panel 5

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

Thursday 2 July, 4pm - 5pm  

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.


  • Daisy Christodoulou - Director of Education at No More Marking
  • Ladi Greenstreet - Head of UKI, Accenture Ventures
  • Matthew Hood - Principal at 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

Moderator: Reuben Moore

Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First

Reuben is responsible for the continuous improvement of current programmes and the development of new ones for teachers, leaders and schools that need it most. He has taught and led in schools that serve disadvantaged communities for 10 years, as well as a stint as a Principal Lecturer in Education. He also served on the DfE’s advisory group that developed the Early Career Framework.


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

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

Moderator: Graighah Crashaw

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.

Panel 3

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.


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. 

Panel 4

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.


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

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.


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

Mattt 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


It’s easy to sign up to the panel discussion(s) you’re interested in. Simply follow the steps below: 

  • Click this link and follow the instructions. It's free.
  • On the morning of each panel discussion, you’ll be sent a Zoom link to the panel. 
  • At 4pm that day, follow the link to listen to the live debate.
  • After the event, you’ll be sent a link to the recording.

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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