What's on

View the agenda for this year's SET Conference 2020: Learning for today and tomorrow.

This information will also be available a week before on our bespoke SET Conference 2020 digital platform.

  • 10.00-10.30 (Keynote)
    Priya Lakhani: Founder CEO of Century:
    How artificial intelligence (AI) will impact teaching and learning.

    What is AI and how is creating meaningful change for learners and practitioners in further education? How will it impact you? How can you use it to improve the quality of teaching and learning in your organisation? How can it help you deal with the challenges that providers face this year? This presentation will use real case studies and impact data from across the UK, to demonstrate the impact of using technology in the learning environment.

  • 10.30-11.15 (Keynote)
    Sam Jones and Jo Fletcher-Saxon
    The story so far, the story as yet untold.

    From Research Meets to Research Colleges - Sam and Jo talk about the FE research landscape, what's been happening, new opportunities and what's coming in 2021.

  • 11.15-11.25

  • 11.25-11.55 (Breakouts)

    Mental Health and Wellbeing 
    - Jim Crompton
    Mental resilience, performance management and cognitive development.

    T Levels
    - Information to follow

    Information to follow

  • Maths
    - Emma Bell
    Letting mastery bloom in FE Maths.

  • 11.55-12.05

  • 12.05-12.35

    Digital tech in teaching
    - Angela Sander and Sandra Smith
    Essential digital skills.

    Diversity and Inclusion
    - Nafisah Graham-Brown
    Session title tbc.

    - Dr Barbara Van Der Eecken
    Keeping a constant focus on quality through changing times.

    - Dr Michael Smith
    How can I be sure?: Revisiting GCSE English assessment practices.

    This session is focused on assessment practice in the context of GCSE English in Further Education settings. The enduring matters of how as teachers we can ensure assessment is fair, valid and reliable, what we mean by good quality work, and the notion of subject expertise are all central to this session’s focus.

    The session will chart the findings from a practitioner research enquiry exploring the use of an adaptive comparative judgement (ACJ) approach to the summative assessment of students’ written assignments. Much of the discussion will be centred around ideas of integrity, professional expertise, relative educational value within assessment practices, and what makes a judgement correct and meaningful.
  • 12.35-1.15


  • 1.15-1.45 (Breakouts)

    Mental health and wellbeing
     Stuart Rimmer
    Mental health and wellbeing, now and the future.

    Technical Teaching Fellows
    Nicholas Hart, Lynda Broomhead

    - Joe Fautley and Rosalind Hardy
    Autism and co-production.

    In this session, Joe and Rosalind will talk about some of their personal experiences growing up and living as young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. They will discuss the importance of co-production and provide an insight into recent co-produced work and achievements. Joe and Rosalind will also share their top tips and important messages for professionals.

    - Leeds City College
    Session title tbc.

  • 1.45-1.55 


  • 1.55-2.25 (Breakouts)

    Digital tech in teaching
    - Ian Woodland, Jane Tomlinson, Jeanne Gollop 
    Enhance Management Dashboard.

    - Yiannis Koursis
    Session title tbc.

    Claire Collins
    Teaching English on and off the screen.

    Diversity and Inclusion
    Anshi Singh
    Reimagine belonging at work.

    This session will explore what it means to belong, understand why it matters, and gain the confidence to model it within our everyday workplace practices. 

  • 2.25-2.35

  • 2.35-3.00 (Keynote)
    Palvinder Singh
    The social consciousness of the further education sector.

    Together we will explore the conscious soul of further education and what 2030 might look like, particularly for social mobility and race.

  • 3.00-3.45 (Keynote)
    Geoff Petty
    Teaching Skills: Attainment today, flexibility tomorrow.

    Teachers, especially on academic or knowledge aspects of their teaching, tend to focus on the content of the syllabuses they are required to ‘deliver’. They devise their scheme of work and deliver the content and consider their job done. But what about the academic skills that their students need for their course, and which are vital for progression to higher courses? Skills include how to learn independently by reading and understanding difficult text, plan and write in a clear and well structured way? And there are of course many vocational specific skills - should we teach these skills too, and how are they taught? How do we find the time? ‘Double Decker Lessons’ do this well and improves the learning of both knowledge and skills.

  • 3.45-4.00
    Conference closing: Sarah Simons.

  • 4.10-5.00

    Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)

    Berta Miguez-Lorenzo, Participant Experience Manager (QTLS/ATS) and awardee.
    Ask me anything about QTLS and ATS.

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