#SETConf2021 - Draft 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 Yasmine El Masri - Towards a better understanding of cognitive demands of practical assessments 


  • Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of The Institute of Mathematics, Black Heroes in Mathematics
  • SEND: Dr Emily Allsopp, Doncaster Council - Listening to those with lived experience
  • Professional development: Martine Ellis, Guernsey College - How Guernsey College Transformed their Approach to Professional Development with Just One Thing
  • Technical Teaching Fellows: Rosa Wells, Chris Fairclough and Peter Jackson - Talking Technical Teaching and Learning

11:15 - 11:45 KEYNOTE Nigel Owens - Life on and off the rugby pitch


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

12:30 - 1:30 LUNCH BREAK, including yoga session and Q&A on QTLS and ATS


Educational Recovery: David Russell, ETF; Professor Ken Spours, UCL Institute of Education; Bally Kaur, University of Derby

2:15 - 2:55 BREAKOUT

  • Research College Group: Welcome to our community!
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Sam Morgan and Catherine Luff, Bridgend College - Embedding a Culture of Wellbeing - A Person Centred Approach
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Ellisha Soanes and Kam Nandra - Working with learners to improve curriculum and quality
  • Sustainability: Bea Lilley, Gill Witchell, Christian Norman and Sue Fielding - Practical approaches to embedding sustainability in your work

3:10 - 3:50 BREAKOUT

  • EdTech: Mark Beetlestone and Tanya Richardson, Fareham College - From Good to Great: The Benefits of Reflective Exploration
  • Leadership
  • SEND: Sarah Le-Good, Derby College - Moving from "SEND" to "Inclusion" in Further Education
  • Mentoring: Christine Doubleday, AlphaPlus - Development and delivery of courses to support mentoring in FE and training

3:55 - 4:25 KEYNOTE Geoff Petty - Motivating yourself, and motivating others

4:30 - 4:45 Closing summary

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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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