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 takes place at the beginning of November, features 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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SET Conference 2021

This year’s conference will be held on 2 November as a fully digital event. The conference will feature a range of speakers and themes relevant to your role and interests.

Join us for breakout and keynote speaker sessions, take part in polls, quizzes and challenges on the day, and connect with other delegates from the sector.

Delegates will benefit from live Q&As and interactive breakout sessions throughout the day, all accessed from the comfort of your home or workplace. All sessions will be available to view on demand post-event.

Register to attend SET Conference 2021

Keynote speakers

Yasmine El Masri
Research Manager; Researcher in Educational Assessment

Nigel Owens MBE
Former international rugby union referee, TV Presenter, Diversity & Mental Health Ambassador

Geoff Petty
Author and Teacher

What to expect on the day

The digital platform for the SET Conference 2021 will allow you to ask speakers questions throughout the sessions, with a live Q&A session at the end.

Take a look at the draft #SETConf21 agenda and speakers.

#SETConf21 agenda and speakers

Breakout sessions on topics:

- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- EdTech
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Research
- Maths
- English
- Leadership
- Offender learning

Attendee At SET Conference Smiling During A Workshop

Looking back at the SET Conference 2020

Held as a remote event for the first time, last year’s SET Conference was attended by almost 500 attendees. Attendees were able to watch and interact with Q&As after each keynote speaker, attend live breakout sessions throughout the day, and catch up with on-demand sessions after the event.

"The Conference was a testimony to high professional standards we need to consistently follow in FE to raise our status and esteem. A solid step towards the professionalisation of FE staff!" - previous delegate

"I enjoyed the positive energy from the whole event, which gives me a new impetus to go back to my employer and make things happen!" - previous delegate.

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.

Feedback from our partners

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.

Read more

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