Tuesday 19 November, 11:30 – 12:30

1.1 - A discussion on nurturing and retaining 'newish' teachers/tutors

Activate Learning

In this highly competitive landscape how best to nurture and retain outstanding teachers? The current turnover of teachers in FE varies but is too high. With the growing demands on the industry it is critical that we increase teacher retention. We will share some of our practices around promoting the ‘Dual Professionals’ and casting a web of support around new recruits, those training and those whom recently qualified. Then we will do a swap of ideas amongst session attendees to expand the idea bank.      

Ideas will be shared and those who teach and manage will feel respected with the attention on how best to support them.

1.2 - College capital projects in the 2020s

Association of Colleges

Good facilities secure student recruitment, employer partnerships, motivated staff and high-quality teaching but it is harder than ever to secure the necessary funding. The tide is turning. Join Luminate Group's Colin Booth, DN Group's Anne Tyrrell and AoC's Julian Gravatt to discuss the ways in which colleges are developing strategies, plugging the funding gap and preparing themselves for new government created opportunities.

Delegates will be able to learn from proven strategies to improve their facilities through capital projects which have succeeded.

1.3 - Personal and social development and youth social action

Association of Colleges

This session will explore how to embed youth social action in college life, looking at aspects including work experience and curriculum links, volunteering, internal and external communications and staff involvement. This is timely as the new Ofsted framework has a grade specifically for personal development. This session will draw on the experiences of five colleges who have received funding from the Pears #iwill Fund over the past year to pilot unique approaches to youth social action

Delegates will find out more about how youth social action can improve outcomes for their students and support their local community.

1.4 - Office for Students: Regulation and registration

Association of Colleges

The Office for Students (OfS) is the new regulator of higher education in England. Over 170 FE colleges applied to register with the OfS in 2018/19. The regulatory framework will be fully implemented in 2019/20 and providers will be required to meet the ongoing conditions of registration to remain on the register. This session will be very informative and will focus on OfS approach to monitoring and intervention. It will be led by a senior speaker from OfS.

Delegates will feel more informed on the OfS regulatory conditions and feel better prepared to meet them.

1.5 - Expanding colleges’ employer offer

Calderdale College

The session will focus around the college’s newly employer facing service Rise. Rise works closely with employers on supporting the development of their workforce, ensuring that any training needs identified are met via the colleges expanding training offer. The session will also focus on the challenges and successes of Rise as well as the overall impact Rise has had on employers.        

People will leave with an understanding around the need to become more commercially employer focussed, the impact this can have on the college and the challenges that maybe faced.

1.6 - Enabling your middle managers to thrive in your college

Association of Colleges

Senior leadership teams fully realise the critical importance of their middle managers and the need to educate, develop and support them. This session will explore the findings from recent research on the most effective ways to develop middle managers in your organisations. We will share activities and relevant tools (already being used in training with college middle managers) that support their development through critical reflection, building effective working collaborations and the use of a solutions focussed coaching approach to develop each other and their teams.

Delegates will learn how a programme of middle leader education can offer in-depth learning, which managers will engage with over extended time periods and be driven by the middle leaders themselves.

1.7 - Understanding and managing CEO stress factors

East Coast College

Senior college leaders are under more pressure than ever before.  This session starts to share some of the academic research into CEO stress and identify the contributory factors to stress.  The session proposes evidence-based strategies to ameliorate high stress scenarios and build greater resilience. Leaders will be more connected to evidence-based strategies to develop a resilience prescription.  Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a future academic research project for the sector, with the University of Suffolk.

Delegates, on leaving the session, will have identified their own stress factors and have takeaway strategies.

1.8 - Pride and Prospects

Guernsey College of Further Education and City College Norwich

Level 1 makes up nearly 20% of college delivery. How do we create a curriculum at Level 1 which meets the needs of this wide-ranging cohort to ensure successful outcomes and progression? Come and find out what two colleges are doing: Guernsey College and City College Norwich have been developing an enriched and engaging level 1 curriculum aimed at delivering improved retention, qualification outcomes and positive progression data.

Delegates will learn about strategies which have an impact on retention and achievement, how best to support progression and understand how an innovative curriculum is not necessarily associated with significantly increased funding requirements.

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This session has been cancelled

1.10 - Digital transformation: How colleges can meet the expectations of government and learners


The Department for Education and Welsh Government share their respective edtech strategy and Digital 2030 strategic frameworks, highlighting the role of digital technology in business operations and the future of FE. Hear a college leader share how their digital strategy connects with industry and develops a curriculum underpinned by digital. Learn how you drive change, the importance of partnership-working inside and outside a college and the positive steps you take to lead from the top, giving learners the future they deserve.

As a college leader you will understand how you are being championed by Government and Jisc to embrace digital technology, and know how peers are responding to this framework, to support learners now and in the future.

1.11 - How can we all encourage practitioner research?

Ofsted and Association of Colleges

There are many benefits to colleges from having a strong research culture and supporting staff to be research-aware, research-informed and research-engaged. How do we ensure that research findings are reaching those practitioners who can most benefit from them and what more can we do to support more practitioners to network with each other and develop the confidence to engage with action research and share their learning. We will hear from Ofsted and colleges who actively promote a culture of research.

Delegates will learn about the benefits of developing a culture of research and how it can be supported.

1.12 - Educational administration and how to avoid it!

Orbital South Colleges

As Interim Chairs at the colleges which comprised ""The Hadlow Group"", Martin Doel and Andrew Baird will share first hand experiences of the events leading up to the country's first Educational Administration arising from the implementation of the new insolvency regime, the EA process, and suggest actions Governors might take to avoid finding themselves in the same situation as those at Hadlow and West Kent and Ashford.

Governors will be better equipped to consider wider aspects of college financial administration than simply reviewing an income statement.

1.13 - Functional Skills: skills that power potential and are the foundation for lifelong learning


Functional Skills provide learners with the valuable employability skills they need for career success. Come and hear from colleges and FE experts teaching the reformed qualifications and find out how they’re implementing flexible digital solutions to refresh the teaching of these core qualifications - innovative, digital support services including generating formative tests from past papers in a few clicks, onscreen assessments with mini tests and a comprehensive post-results service.

Explore how fellow FE experts are implementing flexible digital solutions to refresh the teaching of these core employability skills to meet the requirements of the reformed qualifications.

1.14 - Mentoring and coaching support for FE leaders

Principals' Professional Council

This interactive session will centre around the support needs of FE leaders in the fast moving and complex FE landscape. Attendees contributions to helping design mentoring and coaching for the sector will be welcomed. The changing and variable support needs of FE Leaders and their input on a matching service for mentors and mentees will be explored. Attendees will be able to contribute to and benefit from the resultant mentoring and programme. 

They will have the benefit of having contributed to the future shape of the mentoring and coaching programme available to the FE sector.

1.15 - Digital dynamite!

Middlesbrough College and TEC Partnership (Grimsby Institute)

Industrial revolution 4.0 has college leaders rising to the challenge of ensuring a future proof curriculum, and staff and students equipped with the digital know-how to thrive in this time of massive and rapid technological change.  In a response to this fluctuating zeitgeist, Middlesbrough and the TEC Partnership have been transformed through the embedded use of technology to improve learning, teaching and assessment and create independent and digitally enabled learners. This session provides practical tips on reducing workloads, increasing efficiencies and engaging learners/staff through technology. 

You will leave this session feeling digitally inspired and equipped to 'Level Up' the digital capabilities of your organisation.