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The Skills Conference 2018: Workshops

All workshops are subject to change

Name Workshop Title What To Expect
1. Claire Collins – Learning and Literacy Consultant, Claire Collins Consultancy Supporting Learners’ Functional English Development Claire Collins is a literacy and language specialist, with wide-ranging experience supporting practitioners to design Functional English courses. She is also the director of a new national CPD programme for Functional Skills teachers, funded by the Education and Training Foundation. This workshop will explore approaches that underpin newly-produced exemplar activities for Functional Skills English, for example focusing on the critical importance of situating Functional English learning in learners’ lives and ensuring that effective assessment for learning strategies are built into learners’ courses. Delegates will also review key teaching, learning and assessment strategies that support learners to achieve Functional English outcomes.
2. Annmarie Higgins – Executive Coach & Training Consultant, Hopstone Ltd Functional and GCSE Maths: Raising Learner Confidence Many of our learners lack confidence in their maths skills and come to us in the post 16 sector often feeling quite negative about Maths. In this workshop we will explore some engaging and fun activities that will help to change those negatives to positives. This will include looking at some strategies to help our learners become more confident in maths and encourage them more towards a growth mindset.
3. Paul Clayton – Director, National Association for the Teaching of English Retaking GCSE English: Rethinking GCSE English In this practical session, Paul will review some of the lessons learnt from last summer’s exams and offer some teaching strategies proven to be effective with those students who struggle to secure a grade 4. Topics covered will include: assessing strengths and key areas for development; individualising interventions within a mixed group setting; motivation, innovation and inspiration.
4. Julia Smith – Chair of Governors, Writtle College Strategies for Success with GCSE Maths in an FE College Practical solutions to raising attainment; the session focuses on quick wins in the classroom using a padlet of maths resit resources, key strategies for alternative maths methods and an Introduction to a Revision Year approach to lesson time proven to improve outcomes.
5. Beej KaczmarczykDirector, Learning Curve Update on the Funding of Skills and Implications for Curriculum Design and Delivery This workshop will provide participants with the latest information on the funding of English and maths for young people and adults in classroom provision, and for apprentices for 2018 to 2019. It will also consider how best to plan and deliver programmes in English and maths to optimise funding and outcomes for these different learners.
 

6. Carolyn Lewis – Managing Director, Vocational Innovation

Planning and Delivering a Blended Model to Meet Employer Requirements, Bring Efficiencies and Improved Learner Engagement In this session we identify how blended delivery models can bring efficiencies, improved learner engagement and also meet employer requirements. We’ll also consider a variety of blended models for delivering Functional Skills, and other learning programmes, look at options for planning and recording blended learning and what factors influence a successful blended model.
 

7. Kevin Piper – Senior Consultant/Director of Education

 Improving Outcomes in English and Maths Through Effective Use of Learning Support Staff This session builds on research undertaken by the Education and Training Foundation into the most effective ways that we can support students to overcome difficulties they are experiencing in the learning process itself and boost their progress and achievement. Through active and engaging CPD we will look at ways in which we can become confident in finding new ways, angles and approaches, to teach or support English and maths topics and to explain challenging concepts. In this way we focus in helping students understand what and why they are learning; helping understanding rather than task completion.
8. Diana Martin – Vice Principal: English and Maths, Dudley College Our English and Maths Story Diana Martin, Vice Principal of Dudley College of Technology, will share the college’s journey and approach to English and mathematics. This will include strategic approaches as well as operational challenges around timetabling, staffing and learner motivation.
9. Jai Atwal & Matthew Clark – Sales Manager/Account Manager, bksb  Using bksb to Maximise the Effectiveness of Functional Skills and GCSE Assessment and Development In this workshop we will explore the bksb pathways for Functional Skills and GCSE before investigating how learners progress on their bksb learning journey from Assessment to Exam Preparation. We will then demonstrate the intuitive tracking, reporting and analysis software built in to bksbLIVE 2 to manage learners effectively, as well as to provide evidence for Ofsted inspection and funding purposes.

  • FS and GCSE Process
  • Functional Skills Assessment and End of Assessment Certificate
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • The use of resources and targeting to allow learners to work on weaknesses
  • Individual and group progression on tracking grids
  • Revision Scenarios and Exam Practice that students can access prior to exams
10. Esther Barrett –Subject Specialist, Jisc Learning in the 21st Century  The 21st Century workplace looks very different than it did a generation ago. Our learners need skills, knowledge and experience that we are only just beginning to understand. Does our practice support our learners in their journey? In this workshop Dr Esther Barrett will take a practical look at the modern learning landscape and how we can use digital tools and techniques to develop our learners’ skills. Bring a mobile device, laptop or tablet – this will be a hands on session!

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