The #UKFEchat Conference 2015

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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 Bennett

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 Chowen

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

Sally is Chief Executive of Activate Learning and Chair of The Women’s Leadership Network. Sally will be on the debate panel discussing the Reputation and Professionalism in FE.

Paul Dix

Paul is a teacher and is also Managing Director of Pivotal Education which specialises in behaviour. Paul will be running a workshop with Sarah Le-Good on Behaviour.

Stephen Exley

Stephen is the Further Education Editor for the TES. He will be chairing the debate between Lorna Fitzjohn and Dr Matt O’Leary on Observation.

Lorna Fitzjohn

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 Fouda  

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.

Michael Gaston

Mike is a principal at an FE college and engages in the #UKFEchat forums on Twitter. He will be part of the discussion panel on Reputation and Professionalism in FE.

Ann Gravells  

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 Harrison

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 Hasted

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 Hayden

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

Gary is a former senior manager of an FE college and writes about evidence based practice (see here). He will be running a workshop on research in practice.

Sarah Le-Good

Sarah is Assistant Principal Social Inclusion at Derby College. She also engages with the #UKFEchat forum. She will be running a workshop with Paul Dix on behaviour.

Lou Mycroft

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 Nunns  

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   

Matt  is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University (BCU). He is also the author of  ‘Classroom Observation’. Matt will be taking part in the debate panel with Lorna Fitzjohn on observations.

Geoff Petty  

Geoff has written a range of books on education and is a familiar name on the reading list for Further Education teaching qualifications. Geoff will be discussing his work on pedagogy.

Hilary Read

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 Sidebottom

Kay is a teacher at Northern and Barnsley Colleges. She will be running a workshop with Lou Mycroft and Charley Hasted on E & D.

Katie Shaw  

Katie is Senior Campaign and Policy Officer for the NUS. She also contributes to the #UKFEchat forum. Katie will be running a workshop on Learner Voice.

Tom Starkey  

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 Weiss  

Tim is the Education and Training Foundation Director for Strategy, Quality and Research. Tim will be speaking on the day.

Dan Williams  

Dan is a Learning Coach at Central College Nottingham and author. He is a regular contributor to the #UKFEchat forum. Dan will be running a workshop on English and Maths.

If this is of interest to you get yourself a ticket here and join us on the 24th October.