We have taken quite a battering in Further Education lately (more so than usual) and the future is definitely not bright. What we need is a boost, a chance to regroup, ‘lick our wounds’ and find a way to voice our views on the importance of Further Education. We may not have a great deal of clout due to the negativity towards our worth, but we are not going down the toilet without a fight!
Enter centre stage the marvellous Mrs Sarah Simons with the fabulous support from City & Guilds , TES and the ETF. Yes, on Saturday the 24th October the first Further Education conference (done without an ulterior motive) for those that are interested in all aspects of Further Education. This conference will help you learn more about educational matters from our amazing speakers and workshops. In addition to that you can catch up with like minded FE folk over a brew or butty at lunch (or after the event, partake in liquid refreshments at the nearest boozer). In other words a day of meaningful CPD without feeling like you are having hot pokers stabbed in to your eyes.
These fantastic speakers have given up their own personal time on a Saturday for free! Yes you heard, for free. They will be sharing invaluable information, thoughts and experiences on a whole host of educational matters. Subjects covered range from behaviour, using technology, research and much more.
Below is the list of speakers that will be at the conference. I have put a link to their twitter accounts, a brief summary about them and what they will be talking about on the day.
If you wish to attend the conference you can purchase a ticket here.
Tom is a secondary teacher and writes regularly for the TES. He has also written four books to date on educational matters (I have personally read three of them and highly recommend). Furthermore in 2013 he founded researchED. Tom has also recently been appointed by Nicky Morgan to be a ‘Behaviour Zsar’ for the DfE. He will be a speaker on the day.
Shane is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Niace and is actively involved in Further Education, he also and writes for FE Week. He contributes to the #UKFEchat forum and will be taking part in the discussion panel on Reputation and Professionalism in FE.
Sally Dicketts CBE
Lorna is the Ofsted National Director for FE & Skills and Regional Director, West Midlands. She will be on the debate panel discussing observations with Dr Matt O’Leary.
Yousef is Chief Technology Officer at Warwickshire College Group & Director of Rugby College. Yousef will be running a workshop with Scott Hayden on technology that can assist teaching and learning in the classroom.
Ann has written a range of text books and resources for teachers and assessors in the Further Education, Training and Skills Sector. Ann will be running a workshop with Hilary Read on Pedagogy in WBL (Work Based Learning).
Bob has been a teacher for forty years and has been involved in a variety of roles, including being a Principal of a college. In addition to this he is also the Director of SET and Education Adviser to Japanese electronics giant Toshiba. He also contributes regularly to #UKFEchat. Bob will be running a workshop with Tom Starkey on educational technology.
Charley is an FE representative for the NUS LGBT Committee. She will running an E & D workshop at the event with Kay Sidebottom and Lou Mycroft.
Scott is Specialist Practitioner of Social Media & EdTech and teaches at Basingstoke College of Technology. He is a regular contributor to #UKFEchat. Scott will be running a workshop with Yousef Fouda on technology that can assist teaching and learning in the classroom.
Dr Gary Jones
Lou is a teacher at a college and Co-founder of Tutor Voices. She will be taking part in the discussion panel for Strength in Unity. In addition to this she will also be running a workshop on E & D with Kay Sidebottom and Charley Hasted.
Hilary is a teacher and teacher trainer. Her specialist areas are Behaviour Management, ADHD, Additional Learning Support. She is the Founder of Can Do Courses. Hilary is also a regular on the #UKFEchat forum. Hilary will be running a workshop on managing behaviour of LLDD learners.
Dr Matt O’Leary
Hilary is the founder of Read On Publications Ltd. She is also an author and WBL champion. Hilary also contributes to the #UKFEchat forum. She will be running a workshop with Ann Gravells on Pedagogy in WBL.
Kay is a teacher at Northern and Barnsley Colleges. She will be running a workshop with Lou Mycroft and Charley Hasted on E & D.
Tom is a teacher at Leeds College and writes for Teach Secondary and the TES. He is also a contributor to the #UKFEchat forum. He will be running a workshop with Bob Harrison on Educational Technology.
Tim is the Education and Training Foundation Director for Strategy, Quality and Research. Tim will be speaking on the day.
If this is of interest to you get yourself a ticket here and join us on the 24th October.