#SETConf2021 - Agenda and speakers

2 November 2021, online

9:00 - 9:30     Platform opens - member lounge

9:30 - 9:40     Welcome and introduction

09:45 - 10:15 KEYNOTE

  • Towards a better understanding of cognitive demands of practical assessments
    Yasmine El Masri


  • Black heroes in mathematics
    Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of The Institute of Mathematics
  • Listening to those with lived experience (SEND)
    Dr Emily Allsopp, Doncaster Council
  • How Guernsey College transformed their approach to Professional Development with just one thing
    Martine Ellis, Guernsey College
  • Talking technical teaching and learning
    Rosa Wells, Chris Fairclough and Peter Jackson, Technical Teaching Fellows

11:15 - 11:45 KEYNOTE

  • Life on and off the rugby pitch
    Nigel Owens


  • Engaging hard to reach young people in community settings and effective models for youth custody
    Amber Orsborn-Smith & Mark Welsh, Nacro
  • Understanding digital inclusion
    Francesca Coleman, Good Things Foundation
  • Harmonising for diversity: Our journey at Westminster
    Arinola Edeh, Westminster Adult Education Service
  • Investigating your ESOL practice with action research
    Rachel Öner and Chloe Hynes, NATECLA

12:30 - 1:30  LUNCH BREAK

  • Join a 20 minute yoga session
  • Attend a 30 minute QTLS and ATS Q&A

1:30 - 2:10    PANEL DISCUSSION

  • A discussion on educational recovery
    David Russell, The Education and Training Foundation
    Professor Ken Spours, UCL Institute of Education
    Bally Kaur, University of Derby

2:15 - 2:55    BREAKOUT

  • Welcome to our community!
    Sam Jones, Jo Fletcher Saxon, Bryony Evett Hackfort, Anne Haig Smith, Research College Group 
  • Embedding a culture of wellbeing - a person centred approach
    Sam Morgan and Catherine Luff, Bridgend College
  • Working with learners to improve curriculum and quality
    Ellisha Soanes and Kam Nandra
  • Practical approaches to embedding sustainability in your work
    Wiltshire College & Learning Centre, Gordon Franks Training & Essex ACL

3:10 - 3:50    BREAKOUT

  • From good to great: the benefits of reflective exploration (EdTech)
    Mark Beetlestone and Tanya Richardson, Fareham College
  • Leading a trauma-informed approach to teaching and learning
    Kathryn James
  • Moving from "SEND" to "Inclusion" in Further Education
    Sarah Le-Good, Derby College
  • Development and delivery of courses to support mentoring in FE and training
    Christine Doubleday, AlphaPlus

3:55 - 4:25    KEYNOTE

  • Motivating yourself, and motivating others
    Geoff Petty

4:30 - 4:45     Closing summary

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Inspirational talks, practical takeaways and networking for the entire FE sector

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.

Breakout sessions on topics:

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

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.

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