Annual SET Conference

The annual SET Conference is an award-winning event which is aimed at supporting teachers, trainers and leaders in the Further Education and Training sector.

The event, which took place at the beginning of November, featured high-profile keynote speakers and practical breakout sessions, with opportunities to share ideas and best practice.

Themes covered on the day include: English, maths, SEND, T Levels, EdTech, leadership, diversity and inclusion, health and wellbeing, professional development, and learner motivations.

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Looking back at the SET Conference 2021

The 2021 conference was held on 2 November as a fully digital event and was attended by 460 delegates. The event featured four keynote sessions and 16 breakouts and has been described as a “really valuable day” and “an incredible day of reflection” with “thought provoking discussions” and “invaluable CPD”.

“I was thrilled with how the day went and how engaged our delegates were with each of our sessions. We also had the highest engagement rates across social media for the day of a SET Conference, which really highlighted the insightful and inspiring quotes, topics and information which were shared and how much resonated with our SET members,” said Martin Reid, Director of Professionalism and Customer Experience at the ETF.


“Every year we try and make the conference even better than the last, taking into account feedback from our survey and on the day itself. Thank you to everyone who made the day what it was, and we can’t wait to start planning for 2022!”

94 per cent of SET Conference 2020 attendees cited a positive impact on their professional practice and 80 per cent would recommend it to a friend or colleague.

Conference Feedback

Clare Dignum

Lambeth College

"I thought the conference was excellent! I was really impressed. I have been going back in to watch the sessions I missed – thank you."

Lianne Abraham

Newcastle College

"I really enjoyed the sessions that I went to and the platform itself was excellent. I particularly like the fact that you can now go back and revisit all of the sessions. There was a lot of work behind the scenes to put on an event like that, so congrats to the team who were involved. I must also say that Sarah Simons was just fabulous!"

Martine Ellis

Guernsey College

"Yesterday was FAB – great feedback from my team. Congrats to all involved."

Did you know?

The annual SET Conference was shortlisted for the Best Association Virtual Event (under 700 delegates) at the 2021 Association Excellence Awards.

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