Hundreds of delegates attended The Skills Conference 2018 to discuss and debate key information on Functional Skills, including the reform on English and maths qualifications. Hosted by award-winning company bksb, the conference took place on the 6th March at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and Chief Executive at West Nottinghamshire College, started the conference with her talk on the importance for a technically proficient workforce and how the government will be preparing for the digital future with new policies and investments.
Senior Policy Advisors Beverley Wilson and Helene Stewart, from the Department for Education, gave their expert view on the English and maths Functional Skills reform, and what steps they were taking to implement the changes for the following year.
The next keynote speaker was Star of Educating Yorkshire and Assistant Head, Matthew Burton, who gave his views on how students can be encouraged by teachers to get the best out of their education and succeed in their exams.
The two final speakers were Paul Joyce, Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills from Ofsted, and Josh Dixon, Senior Consultant, from Corecom. Paul Joyce gave his insight into the importance of having a good curriculum, explaining some of the recent findings from Ofsted inspections and the challenges of how to improve in the future. Josh Dixon spoke about his background as an apprentice and how it helped him to go on to have a successful career.
In the afternoon sessions, delegates attended best practice workshops from a variety of high-profile speakers, and during breaks delegates had a chance to meet leading education suppliers for their advice and services.
“It is my go to event where I refresh for the following year – I learn new skills, get an update from Ofsted, am inspired by the speakers and find new resources.” ~ Maria Clifton, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
“The Skills Conference was a really positive experience for me. The whole ethos of skills building was shared by all and the day itself was extremely well organised” ~ Ellie Tharratt, Heart of England Training Ltd