Digital tech in teaching: Angela Sanders MSET and Sandra Smith MSET
Preparing to deliver Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ)
As of September 2020, adults aged 19+ with no or low digital skills are entitled to digital skills training free of charge under the Adult Education Budget, in line with existing entitlements for English and maths. New Essential Digital Skills qualifications are currently being launched and developed to meet this demand. These new qualifications are based on the national standards, published by the Department for Education (DfE) in April 2019.
This session will introduce the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme and invite you to explore how you can develop your skills to teach Essential Digital Skills and how collaboration can be a tool to support change.
Sandra Smith will talk about the experience of piloting Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ) and share the approach that was taken.
Diversity & Inclusion: Dr Nafisah Graham Brown MSET QTLS, Laila El-Metoui and Elizabeth Andrews
Power and Compassion - Practical tips for decolonising the FE Curriculum: A conversation with Naffy, Elizabeth and Laila
In this conversation we will explore how to create an inclusive curriculum: why it matters, what it could look like from an FE perspective, and what can help us achieve it.
Leadership: Dr Barbara Van Der Eecken ASET
Keeping a constant focus on quality through changing times
Barbara will reflect on how strong leadership ensured quality remained the key focus in all areas of delivery. She will share some of the challenges encountered and highlight successes.
This session will explore some of the strategic and operational decisions made in response to the pandemic and how they were communicated to key stakeholders. How did we continue to provide the best possible learner experience and support our employers and communities? Which aspects learned during this period have actually been fully embedded in our practice? Which adaptations were only short-term fixes? Will we ever go back to the “old ways”? What quality priorities have been set for 2020/21?
English: Dr Michael Smith FSET ATS
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.