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The Education People is very excited to be launching its new TEP Talks series from September 2020. These interactive sessions will take the form of a monthly webinar, followed by questions, answers and discussion. They will be led by leading national and international speakers and link closely to current educational priorities.

This is a unique opportunity for teachers to connect with leading education experts as they share ideas and provide thoughts on how to close the gaps in pupil learning and improve educational outcomes.

Autumn Term 2020 we have had TEP Talks from Marc Rowland (Putting Your Energy into the Provision for the Forgotten Third), Alex Quigley (Closing the Reading Gap), Professor Daniel Muijs (Using Relevant Research and Evidence to Inform Practice in School) and Ian Gilbert (Navigation vs Knowledge - Thinking and Learning in a Post COVID World).

Our 2021 TEP Talks are well underway and we already have seen talks from Professor Teresa Cremin (Reading for Pleasure - Building Communities of Readers), Mark Anderson (Research-informed Approach to the Successful Use of Technology Support Remote Education), Pran Patel (Reviewing Curriculum Impact on all Children - Working Towards Equality) and most recently Christine Counsell (Knowledge in a Curriculum: Getting Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions).

Still to come in 2021, we have confirmed the following talks which are available to book now:

Please be aware that our TEP Talks are only available as live events and will not be available to purchase as recorded webinars.

Maxine McDonald Taylor

TEP Talks: The Education Inspection Framework and SEND

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

This session will cover:

Maxine McDonald Taylor (HMI) will be presenting to Kent leaders about the importance of SEND as a strand which runs through the Inspection Framework. Inclusion is an important focus for many school leaders and this is an exciting opportunity to listen to an expert who combines both practical school experience of pupils with SEND and Ofsted inspections. Once delegates have received confirmation of their place, please email any questions you may have for Maxine in advance to Mary Priestley.

Maxine has a background in leadership in generic special schools of all ages. She has also worked as a leader in a large, secondary mainstream school. Before becoming an HMI, Maxine was an Ofsted Inspector, alongside working on school improvement in special schools.

Lavinya Stennett

TEP Talks: One Year On - What Now?

Date: Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

This session will cover:


Does our curriculum meet the needs of all our pupils? Is learning about ‘Black history’ in the lone month of October enough? Does the conversation need to shift from what we can do, to what is the impact of what we have done so far?

Lavinya challenges us to consider these and other questions. She will give some specific examples of black history that could push the conversation on and argue that these could be and should be embedded within the National Curriculum.

This talk will enable us to consider the impact of our curriculum on all our children and what we can do practically to ensure that the curriculum that we provide is the accessible to everyone.

About Lavinya...


Lavinya is a writer, activist, and Founder and CEO of The Black Curriculum. Graduating with a first class from SOAS in 2019, she has most recently authored a paper exploring Maroon ecology in Jamaica and Brazil.
Lavinya was recently named as one of the Sunday Times 50 Women of the Year and was awarded Trailblazer of The Year by Hello Magazine, as well as featuring in Vogue, and GQ for her activism.