AoC Annual
Conference & Exhibition

The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018 will be on 20-21 November at The ICC Birmingham

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Bringing together the further education sector to learn, develop, influence, support and exchange information, AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is highlight of AoC’s events calendar.

This year’s conference and exhibition combined keynote speakers including Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP and Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman. 40 breakout sessions were held to inform, stimulate debate and provide the latest news from senior figures in government, education and wider business sectors and over 90 exhibitors shared their expertise to support colleges.

The full highlights, videos and presentations will be available in the coming days.

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Read the 2017 conference story for all the highlights across the two days

AoC Conference day one: Learn more about Jeremy Corbyn’s key FE pledges

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Read Timandra Harkness' blog 'Data, Knowledge, Skills: The future of learning'

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Read AoC International Director Emma Meredith's blog 'The Brexit effect on further education'

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On day one of the conference, David Hughes said, "Colleges aren’t about second chance, they’re about the best chance and sometimes the only chance."

A sector united

AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition allowed valuable opportunity for senior leaders in further education to discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together.

The conference provided a place for professionals to experience and discover everything they needed to grow their business – the ideas, the connections and the practical applications shaped from an exceptional programme that was designed to reflect the sector.

The conference also celebrated the success of the sector at AoC’s Awards Evening during which colleges and students were rewarded for their exceptional performance and impact on the further education sector.

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP spoke on day one

On day one of the conference, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP paid tribute to further education colleges for ‘standing up for students and staff in increasingly difficult times’.

He also outlined a National Education Service which would be free and allow anyone to upskill at any time.

Read the 2017 Conference story

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