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Webinar: What does the future of education hold?

A discussion on the future of education between Alison Peacock, Carl Ward and Joe Arday

As we think about the challenges of the past year, this insightful conversation will touch upon the direction of travel for education. The pandemic has exposed many of the challenges within and beyond education. This interactive session will consider the purpose of education, the future of teaching whilst thinking about the need for a long-term plan and vision for education.

This webinar was a partnership event with the Chartered College of Teaching and The Foundation for Education Development. The Foundation for Education Development (FED) is a community interest company established to promote the benefits of a long-term vision and plan for education in England. Founded in December 2019, it is an independent, non-political, and cross-sector body. They provide a neutral space for this discussion and have no preconceived ideas about the outcome of this discussion, other than that this important discussion happens with all relevant stakeholders.

In the webinar we heard from Professor Dame Alison Peacock (Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching), Carl Ward FCCT (Chair of the Foundation for Education Development), and Joe Arday FCCT (Teacher, Woodbridge High School) as they talked about the future of education.

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Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching

Alison has been a teacher all her career. She began teaching at a comprehensive school in Harlow and then moved to a large Community College in Syston Leicestershire. After that she moved to Hertfordshire where she was a member of the advisory service. During a career break when Catherine and Elizabeth were born, she studied at the University of Cambridge for an MEd in Early Years and Inclusion. When she returned to teaching she worked in primary schools until becoming the headteacher of The Wroxham School in Potters Bar. A research study took place documenting her leadership as the school moved from special measures to ‘outstanding’. She worked as an insider-researcher and co-wrote Creating Learning without Limits (2012). She subsequently wrote Assessment for Learning without Limits (2016). Moving to the Chartered College from Jan 2017 has been very challenging but never boring! Lucky to work with such a brilliant team.

Carl Ward FCCT

Chief Executive, Foundation for Education Development (FED)

Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust; a 3 to 19 MAT in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Chair of the Foundation for Education Development. He has regional, national and international experience in leadership development and school to school improvement and has supported national and international projects and conferences for a range of organisations.


Joe Arday FCCT

Teacher, Woodbridge High School

Joe has been a teacher since 2010 and currently teaches Computing at Woodbridge High School. He is a passionate and experienced educator as well as a keen promoter of young people embracing STEM and Enterprise. He is an NCCE CS Champion consultant for London / East of England regions, a STEM ambassador with STEM Learning UK, a CAS Master Teacher with Computing at School and a Microsoft Certified Educator. Joe is also a mentor in raising aspirations for BAME young people and a Fellow with chartered college of teaching.

Twitter: @JoeArday


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