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AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition

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9:00 am - 10:00 am

Registration and exhibition opens

The exhibition and registration will be open throughout the day with refreshments available

Hall 3, Hall 3 Foyer and Hall 1 Foyer

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Opening keynote session

Keynote session chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

  • Carole Stott MBE, Chair, Association of Colleges
  • Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women
  • Matthew Syed, Author, Journalist and Broadcaster

Location: Hall 1

11:35 am - 12:45 pm

Breakout sessions – Strand one

The full session details can be found on the breakout session pages or click here to download the full list.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Exhibition and lunch

Hall 3, Hall 3 Foyer and Hall 1 Foyer


AoC subsidiaries' review: Members' consultation

Ensuring that AoC Create, the Charitable Trust and AoC Sport work effectively for members

The AoC Board has commissioned a review of the three subsidiary organisations of AoC, Create, the Charitable Trust and Sport, to ensure they are best meeting members’ needs in the future.  The Board asked Ian Ashman, former Principal and President, to lead on the consultation and development of recommendations for consideration.

In this members only session, Ian will outline the feedback given by members during the consultation phase and the options emerging for the way forward.  The aim of the session is to get the views of members on these options, to ensure that the Board can make well informed decisions at its meeting in December.

2:15 pm - 3:25 pm

Breakout sessions – Strand two

The full session details can be found on the breakout session pages or click here to download the full list.

3:25 pm - 4:10 pm

Exhibition and refreshments

Meet with AoC Chair, Carole Stott MBE, at the AoC and AoC Create stand, located at the rear of Hall 3


Thought leadership session with Pearson

Work and Skills in 2030 – How do we prepare learners for the jobs of the future?

Join us for one of the most important conversations in education: a discussion of the trends that are influencing the future of jobs. Pearson have partnered with Nesta and Oxford University to conduct innovative research that looks beyond the automation trends that have been holding the media spotlight. We’ll discuss trends that may affect future employment, the interactions between these trends, and we’ll also talk about the knowledge and skill combinations that are likely to become increasingly important to us all.

Location: Hall 5

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Keynote session

Keynote session chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

  • Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Opposition
  • Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Location: Hall 1

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Association of Colleges’ Annual General Meeting

Open to AoC members only

Location: Hall 1

6:00 pm

Close of day one sessions

7:15 pm - 12:00 am

AoC Awards Evening with drinks reception

The AoC Awards Evening will once again feature the AoC Beacon Awards and Student of the Year Award in addition to the new Student Video of the Year Award – making the evening a celebration of the very best in FE.

Following a drinks reception in Hall 3, open to all conference attendees, those attending the awards dinner will enjoy a delicious three course meal, the awards ceremony and entertainment in Hall 4, ICC.

More information can be found on our awards dinner page.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and exhibition opens

The exhibition and registration will be open throughout the day with refreshments available

Hall 3, Hall 3 Foyer and Hall 1 Foyer

 


AoC Funding Forum and AoC Data Forum

Funding Forum with Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

The funding forum covers the broad spread of funding issues facing colleges next year and in the future allowing delegates to catch up on the key funding issues while not missing anything else on the programme

Location: TBC

Data Forum with David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges with RCU

This session will provide college leaders with a detailed view of 16/17 results and 17/18 early recruitment indicators (from MiDES returns).

Location: TBC

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Keynote session

Keynote session chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

  • Alison Birkinshaw, President, Association of Colleges
  • Timandra Harkness, Science writer, broadcaster and comedian
  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly

Location: Hall 1

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Exhibition and refreshments

Hall 3, Hall3 Foyer and Hall 1 Foyer


Governors' reception

Chaired by Atholl Stott, Chair, AoC Governors’ Council, the reception will give Governors the opportunity to discuss the work of the Governors’ Council as well as introduce other topics of discussion which are of interest to Chairs and Governors.

Location: TBC

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Education is our business: Hot topic discussions

An opportunity for delegates to select from one of these hot topics to discuss and challenge with peers

  • HT1: English and maths – Is Government missing the trick?
  • HT2: Is the current Common Inspection Framework fit for the Skills Plan era?
  • HT3: Brexit negotiations and what they mean for colleges
  • HT4: Apprenticeships – Is the new system working for all?
  • HT5: Prestige or prejudice? Should T Levels be Level 3 only?
  • HT6: Do the new GCSE, A level and Applied General curriculum changes hinder social mobility?
  • HT7: How much of an issue is reputation?
  • HT8: The infrastructure and skills conundrum

Full details of these sessions including speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch and exhibition

Meet with AoC President, Alison Birkinshaw, at the AoC and AoC Create stand, located at the rear of hall 3

Hall 3, Hall 3 Foyer and Hall 1 Foyer

1:50 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout sessions – Strand three

The full session details can be found on the breakout session pages or click here to download the full list.

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Exhibition and refreshments

Meet with AoC Chief Executive, David Hughes, at the AoC and AoC Create stand, located at the rear of hall 3

3:50 pm - 5:15 pm

Closing keynote session

Session chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

  • Managing reputation – Challenges and opportunities ahead for further education: Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos Mori
  • What has FE done for our learners? A panel of students with Emily Chapman, Vice President (FE), National Union for Students
  • Additional speakers to be announced
  • Closing remarks: David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Location: Hall 1

5:15 pm

Conference close

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