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The SET Conference 2019 will feature an exciting range of speakers, covering topics relevant to all practitioners.

Download the SET Conference 2019 agenda (pdf) or view a more detailed version below. 

SET Conference 2019 agenda

Find out more detailed information on the breakout sessions.

9.30–9.45: Conference welcome 

9.45–10.15: Keynote address

David Russell, CEO of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

David Russell was appointed as the first permanent CEO of the ETF in January 2014. He has a wide range of experience in education and skills in England, including on Academies Policy and Performance, the Adult Skills Strategy, Apprenticeships and on National Curriculum reform.

David is a qualified teacher and an experienced school and college governor. Previous senior policy roles included leading the Open Academies programme, and managing the cross-government Skills Strategy. David was educated in Scotland at Crieff High School, St Andrews University and Moray House Institute of Education, Edinburgh. He is a member of the judging panel for the annual Tes FE awards, and an assessor for the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Awards in Higher and Further Education.

10.15–11.00: Technical pedagogy panel, hosted by Sarah Simons and #UKFEChat.  

This session will look at technical pedagogy – what’s different about it? What’s new? And what lessons can we learn that can be used in different settings?

Sarah Simons (moderator)

After a career in show business, Sarah took a teacher training course in an FE college, which accidentally led her to the sector that she loves. As well as teaching English and drama to all sorts of student groups, in colleges and in the community, Sarah has been a TES columnist for almost a decade and a judge on The TES FE Awards since they began. She contributes to a range of publications, conferences, and sector-wide discussions, as well as consulting on FE projects across colleges.

Sarah is Founder and ‘Matron’ of #UKFEchat, a community of FE professionals who get together on Twitter every Thursday at 9pm. The group has held national conferences, group meetings with FE leaders and real life meet-ups, as well as publishing a series of guide books.

11.00–11.15: Break

11.15–12.15: Breakouts

  • English

  • Digital Technology in Teaching

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Education Support Partnership panel 

  • Technical Education

  • Early Career Zone

12.15–13.15: Lunch

13.15–14.15: Breakouts

  • SEND

  • Digital Technology in Teaching

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Workshop on learner’s mental health, hosted by Nicole Capon 

  • Different Learning Environments

  • Early Career Zone

14.15–14.35: Break

14.35–15.00: What I’ve learned – QTLS and ATS and the impact on learner outcomes.

Hosted by the Head of QTLS and ATS, Patricia Odell, SET member and PAG member, Kerry Scattergood (QTLS), and Ruksana Patel (ATS).

Kerry Scattergood

Kerry is an adult literacy tutor, delivering functional skills at Solihull College and University Centre, and is a primary school governor, specialising in SEND.

She is a passionate advocate for further and adult education, believing in valuing tutor & student voices. She is keen to promote expertise in the sector and, following her own QTLS journey, is currently working to build interest in practitioner-led research within her own setting. Having been inspired by last year’s conference theme, ‘Pride in Professionalism’, Kerry has been very active for the past year in advocating QTLS and has recently joined the SET Practitioner Advisory Group. 

Kerry tweets as @KMScattergood and blogs at: everydayliteracyproject.wordpress.com, on promoting real-life literacy practices, reading for pleasure, and empowering voices.

Ruksana Patel

Ruskana currently teaches at the ‘College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’ as a Business Lecturer.  She has gained Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS), through Society for Education and Training (SET) and has since achieved the Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) and now a practitioner researcher with SUNCETT. She graduated in India with a degree in business, relocated to the UK and worked as an accountant with Kala Associates. 

15.00–15.50Keynote panel on developing leadership potential

Sally Dicketts

Sally Dicketts has held senior posts in both secondary schools and further education. She became Principal at Milton Keynes College in 1996, and in 2003 became the first Principal of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College. In 2010, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College took over the responsibility for running Reading College and in 2013 set up a UTC in Reading.

In 2013 she became the first Chief Executive of Activate Learning, bringing together in one group: seven FE Colleges, four UTC’s, two 11-18 secondary schools, a studio school, a training provider delivering apprentices, training and consulting in the workplace and a specialist engineering training provider.  We also work Internationally and have four female colleges in Saudi Arabia, and work in China, India and Malaysia. Sally is a tireless campaigner and advocate for the learning and skills sector.

She is a board member of the ETF, and was previously a board member of AoC and AMiE. She chaired the Women’s leadership network and was the chair of the Employment committee of the AoC. Sally has also chaired several other National committees, which have ranged from Communications to the National Open College Network. She is a member of the Oxfordshire Management Club, All Souls Group and was a leading thinker for the National Education Trust. She sat for many years on the Oxfordshire LEP. Sally was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Honours list in July 2013. Her main area of interest is in how people learn, mindfulness, and how to develop more entrepreneurial innovative individuals.

Mark Brooks (moderator)

Mark has overall responsibility for the ETF’s marketing and communications including corporate communications, brand, publications, social media and its digital estate. His previous experience includes within the public policy, charity, further education and financial sectors. He has been a school governor, councillor and is currently the chair of a national domestic abuse charity.

15.50–16.20: Using insights from cognitive psychology to enhance teaching practice.

David Didau – The Learning Spy Ltd

The author of several books on education, David Didau is a prominent and often provocative commentator on social media. David taught in English schools for 15 years before becoming a full-time writer, speaker and consultant. His blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, and he has written a series of books that challenge our assumptions such as, What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong?, What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology and Making Kids Cleverer.

16.20–16.30: Conference closing

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