Over 400 delegates attended The Skills Conference 2019 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 12th March at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP, started the conference with his talk on maths and English and their relation to vocational success.
Emma Leary, Associate Director of VTQ Policy, gave an update from Ofqual on the reforming functional skills qualifications.
The next keynote speaker was Christine Edwards, from Creating Excellence. Edwards addressed the important question of how well prepared are people for the reformed functional skills maths and English qualifications.
The two final speakers were Dr Roshan Doug, Visiting Professor in English and Education at Oxford, and Lisa Jane Ashes, Independent Thinking Associate and Author. Roshan gave his insight into the current delivery of Functional Skills. Lisa gave an engaging talk using thought experiments and ideas from her book Manglish.
In the afternoon sessions, delegates attended best practice workshops from a variety of high-profile speakers. During breaks, delegates had a chance to meet leading education suppliers for their advice and services.
“Thoroughly enjoyable and informative sessions by all key notes” Rachel Roby, Halfords
“Amazing day filled with inspiration and passion” Clare Connolly, Landmarks College