Agenda for SET Conference 2020

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9.45- 10.00 Conference Welcome: Sarah Simons MSET QTLS
10.00- 10.30

Opening Keynote: Priya Lakhani

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.


Keynote speakers: Sam Jones and Jo Fletcher-Saxon MSET

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 Break

Breakout sessions:

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Major Jim Crompton FSET and Adam Brown QCVS
Performance: Practical lessons from cognitive neuroscience and psychology for resilience, wellbeing and performance outcomes. 

Wellbeing and resilience are vital for everyone to achieve their potential. For any training and education establishment, planning a support structure for learners encourages them to reach their potential in a safe environment and is the fundamental underpinning of a successful organisation.

Using practical examples from military training establishments teaching functional skills, initial teacher training, trainer development, physical and technical skills, this session will show how brain science and psychology can help us predict learner behaviour. It will demonstrate where we have got it wrong and how we have got it right. Based around Prof Steven Peters’ Chimp Paradox, Colonel Bradley Kilpatrick’s research into adolescent learning strategies and the Army’s Mental Resilience Training programme, it will explore how providing the right support structure and focussing on performance outcomes ensures that wellbeing can be integrated within learning programmes. It will show how different approaches yield different results and why.

T Levels: Wayne Park
T Levels: Our story so far

New College Durham is a pilot provider for the three T level subjects running from September 2020. In this session, we will explore our whole college approach to getting ready to deliver T levels, reflecting on the lesson learned through the preparation stage and sharing success stories from our initial cohorts.

SEND: Sam Mayhew
Engaging and supporting learners with SEND through remote learning

The session will provide details of the approach we took to ensure our learners with SEND remained connected and engaged and our staff supported during lockdown. It will provide details of the technologies, tools and new ways of working we implemented, lessons learnt and examples of best practice, as well as the organisation-wide approach to supporting learners with SEND into the ‘new norm.’ 

Maths: Emma Bell
Letting mastery bloom in FE Maths

Emma Bell will lead delegates through the origins of learning for mastery, and how the approach can be applied for Post-16 maths learners today and in the future. 

11.55-12.05 Break

Breakout sessions:

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 QTLSLaila 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.




Breakout sessions:

Mental health and wellbeing: Stuart Rimmer
Mental health and wellbeing, today and tomorrow: Teaching from the edge - 6 models to help and explore stress

During the session Stuart will explore current thinking on wellbeing and mental health in teaching and then provide more details discussion on stress as a key factor to collectively and individually address with practical take away to use today and tomorrow.

Technical Teaching Fellows: Nicholas Hart FSET, Lynda Broomhead FSET and Stephen Mariadas
Talking Technical Teaching and Learning

Join Cerian Ayres, ETFs National Head of Technical Education, as she speaks with the 2019 and 2020 Technical Teaching Fellows to discuss their professional practice addressing quality improvement in technical STEM education and training. The Fellows will be sharing effective practice examples, signposting to resources, discussing challenges and interventions and providing hot tips for colleagues facilitating learning in these unprecedented times. You will also have the opportunity to learn how you could apply for an ETF and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Technical Teaching Fellowship.

SEND: 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.

Maths: Mamta Arvind and Dimitrios Georgalis
Technology: enriching a maths session

From the dawn of the digital revolution (1980s) till now, almost 40 years later we see an abundance of technology seeping into the classrooms. Therefore, we will try to name two categories of technology. The first will be technology that helps us formulate the learning experience. Technology that acts as facilitator, connects the teacher to the students and acts as the medium to transmit the knowledge. The second part is technology that plays the role of education. Technology that is the actual learning episode which helps the students to enhance their knowledge and comprehension. We will explore some real applications of Desmos and Geogebra in a Maths classroom.

Three takeaways from the session: see how technology can be used as a medium to capture learner progress data; utilisation of technology as a learning episode; and an example of Desmos and Geogebra in action in a maths class.

1.45-1.55 Break

Breakout sessions

Digital tech in teaching: Ian Woodland MSET QTLSJane Tomlinson and Jeanne Gollop
How To Accelerate Your Digital Learning Strategy With The Enhance Management Dashboard

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) provides a range of free, bite-size training resources mapped onto the Digital Teaching Professional Framework to help teachers, trainers and assessors to upskill in the use of technology. So far, the Management Dashboard has enabled learning providers to support staff EdTech development, linked to the ETF’s national EdTech competency framework, the Digital Teaching Professional Framework. Now the Management Dashboard will also allow providers to track and support staff development in Essential Digital Skills linked to the national standards published in April 2019. 

The Management Dashboard enables learning providers to harness the wide range of free resources and peer-to-peer support facilities on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform as part of a CPD strategy. Providers can track staff training on the platform and report on staff progress at both team and individual levels.

This session will show how FE providers have been using these tools to drive forward their digital learning strategies. 

Leadership: Yiannis Koursis MSET
Leadership - A live Case Study

This session will focus on the learning from dealing with the COVID-19 crisis in an FE leadership context.

English: Claire Collins
Teaching English on and off the screen

This workshop will focus on teaching English across diverse FE and community learning settings, on and off the screen. We will consider what works when teaching English and why, as identified through practice-based research carried out over the last four years in England. By exploring different FE practitioners’ knowledge claims, we will illuminate effective approaches for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening. Alongside this, we will explore the extent to which pedagogical practices transform and are transformed by different learning spaces, from classrooms and webrooms to asynchronous online learning platforms.

Diversity and Inclusion: Dr Maxine Room CBE
Inclusive diversity to reduce bias - how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable

This workshop will be an introduction to understanding bias, it’s impact and how to work on reducing it in our personal and professional lives. There will be practical takeaways that participants will be able to use. These have been gained from Maxine's journey and experiences from teacher to CEO. Although based on Maxine's life as a black woman of mixed race heritage, she will include examples of all aspects of discrimination and protected characteristics.




Keynote speaker: 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 Closing 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 MSET QTLS

Ask me anything – Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS): Berta Miguez-Lorenzo and Teresa Thomas

Speak with our professional status team for an insight into both QTLS and ATS. 

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