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#WhatNowWeek - May 2020

42 participants, 33 topics, 22 webinars, 5 days, 4 strands, countless possibilities

In May 2020 we put together 22 hour-long online conversations about the point, purpose and future of education at a time when everything is being questioned.

Drawing on the wit and wisdom not only of our Associates but also other leading educators, we based our conversations around four main strands:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Leadership
  • Well-being
  • Equity and inclusion

In this way we were able to cover an extraordinary range of topics from curriculum design to well-being, from resilience to brave leadership, from early years to SEND and more.

Each event was not only broadcast to a live online audience, but was also recorded and you can enjoy them all at your leisure now below.

And, of course, please let us know if you would like to book any of the participants to work with you either online or, when things settle down, in person. Just email us on or call us on +44 (0)1267 211432.

When we asked the question 'What now?', the answer was rarely, 'Let's go back'.

Exciting times indeed.


A conversation about restorative practice, coaching, behaviour and achievement with Mark Finnis and Simon Flowers, Headteacher of Carr Manor High School

A conversation about supporting children with loss and bereavement with Julie ReesPhoebe Gilbert and Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston's Wish.

A conversation about going back in primary, secondary and special schools with Julie Rees, Dave Whitaker and Andy Greenhough, head teacher at Ralph Allen School.

A conversation about going back to school with a focus on SEND and well-being with Nina Jackson and SEND specialist Lorraine Petersen.

A conversation about the future of schools and schooling with Martin Illingworth, author of Forget School and Graham Brown-Martin.

A conversation about teaching, learning, botheredness and creating a better curriculum out of the chaos with Dr Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts.

A conversation about leadership, bravery and values in challenging times with Dave Harris, author of Brave Heads and Floyd Woodrow.

A conversation about laughter, humour and resilience in stressful times with Stephanie Davies and Dave Keeling.

A conversation about early years, well-being, starting school and going back with Dan Morrow (@MoreMorrow) and new Associate Ruth Swailes.

A conversation about technology, learning and making connections with Roy LeightonMark Anderson and Mark Allen. 

A conversation about teaching outdoors with Juliet Robertson and Jane Hewitt, the team behind Dirty Teaching and Messy Maths.

A conversation about motivation, engagement, learning, relationships and the power of education with Jim Roberson and Dave Keeling.

A conversation about teacher well-being and healthy schools with Nina Jackson and Kelly Hannaghan. 

A conversation about the best job in a world that's been turned upside down with Vic Goddard.

A conversation about coping, thriving, chaos navigating and teachers as everyday heroes with Jaz Ampaw-Farr.

A conversation about creating resilient, independent primary learners with Jonathan Lear, author of Guerrilla Teaching and Mark Creasy, author of Unhomework.

A conversation about classroom environments where learners feel safe and thrive with Crista Hazell and Claire Gadsby, author of Dynamically Different Classrooms

A conversation about supporting our most vulnerable young children with Will RyanDave Harris, author of Independent Thinking on Transition and Beth Dawes.

A conversation about resilience, stress, neuroscience and learning with Floyd Woodrow and David Hodgson, author of The Brain Box.

A conversation about coaching, coping and better conversations in challenging times with Gill KellyAndy Vass and Jackie Beere, author of Grow

A conversation about poverty, equity, the social mobility deceit, belonging and education with Chris Kilkenny and (Real) David Cameron.

A conversation about the power of curiosity and wonder to promote motivation, engagement and learning with Dr Matthew McFall, author of The Little Book of Awe and Wonder and Dave Harris (will include magic).


All tickets were free but we did ask attendees to make a donation to one of the following charities, all extra important during the current crisis:

NHS Relief Project
Winston's Wish
The Big Issue

It's not too late.

Thank you.