WORKSHOPS 2019-02-28T12:04:28+00:00

The Skills Conference 2019: Workshops

All workshops are subject to change

NameWorkshop TitleWhat To Expect
1. Christine Edwards – Creating ExcellenceDeveloping capacity for integrated maths Level 1 and Level 2 programmes that meet the reformed Functional Skills requirementsTHIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

The workshop will focus on helping to develop capacity within delivery teams to ensure that maths is effectively integrated into vocational programmes, meets the additional requirements of the reformed Functional Skills maths at Level 1 and Level 2 and Common Inspection Framework learner tracking, progress and monitoring requirements.

2.Kevin Straughan –Assistant Principal: English, Maths and Inclusion, The Sheffield CollegeAn English and Mathematics Recovery Strategy:  Driving rapid Change in the Quality of DeliveryImproving the quality of delivery, student experience and the QTLA in English and mathematics often requires a major cultural change and the introduction of simple and achievable, but effective strategies that will bring about rapid improvement, increase student and staff confidence and impact upon the key measurables.  This workshop will explore the experiences of a large GFE in meeting these challenges and bringing about successful change.
3.Dr Roshan Doug – Visiting Professor in English and Education at OxfordThe Outstanding TeacherTHIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

An interactive workshop looking at what makes an outstanding Functional Skills teacher.

  • Empathy/understanding of learners’ barriers to learning; the emotional self
  • Visionary – with an ethos, belief and conviction
  • ‘The listening teacher’
  • Students’ dislike of FS (or you) is nothing personal
  • Classroom management – praise above criticism
  • Thought out but flexible schemes of work
  • Negotiated lesson contents and goals – differentiation
4.Bob Craig – Bob Craig Learning and DevelopmentCultivating student curiosity in resit GCSE maths and English classes
  • What is the relationship between curiosity, motivation, progress and out of class learning?
  • Teaching strategies to pique and maintain student curiosity in GCSE English and maths classes
  • Combatting threats to curiosity: e.g. poor attendance, fear of failure, boredom and ‘fixed’ mindsets
5. Lisa Jane Ashes – Associate, Independent ThinkingTools for teaching English… across the curriculumBuilding upon the keynote, we will explore more practical ways of making English a skill that can be improved upon in any subject area. Ideas for reading, writing and communication no matter which subject you teach.

6.Dawn Buzzard – Associate Manager of the Learning Technologies Programme, Education and Training Foundation

Enhance, The ETF’s Digital Teaching PlatformThe Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has created a competency framework to develop a common understanding of digital skills for teachers and trainers in the FE sector and promote a set of professional standards for supporting learning through technology. The “Digital Teaching Professional Framework” (DTPF) is the foundation of our project.


DTPF was launched at our SET Conference in November 2018. It was developed in collaboration with Jisc. The guiding light has been pedagogy, not technology. We have focused on how technology can help teachers and trainers in their existing professional practice, as well as helping them to develop new professional practice. We have also focused on the needs of the FE and Training sector with extensive input from representatives of all parts of the sector. The reception was extremely positive from both our delegates and the sector.


7. Claire Collins  Claire Collins Consulting in partnership with The Education and Training Foundation

Using Post-16 Phonics Approaches with Entry level LearnersThe aim of this workshop is to introduce the post-16 phonics toolkit, being developed on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation. The toolkit and accompanying national CPD will support Functional English practitioners to explore phonics-based teaching approaches at Entry Levels. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the key reasons why the use of phonics in Functional English has been highlighted at this time and will discuss the benefits and challenges of using phonics in the post 16 sector. It will then introduce some of the principles that underpin the use of phonics in teaching reading and writing.
8. Jai Atwal and Matt Clark – bksbUsing bksb to Maximise the Effectiveness of English and maths delivery within your organisationIn this workshop we will explore the bksb pathways for English and maths before investigating how learners progress on their bksb learning journey. We will demonstrate the intuitive tracking, reporting and analysis functionality built in to bksbLIVE 2 to manage learners effectively. Delegates will be given the opportunity to explore bksb’s new Initial Assessment which incorporates intelligent question selection and result algorithms supported through big data machine learning with a database of over 850,000,000 learner responses! With the Functional Skills reforms just around the corner, this session will provide a chance to explore the enhanced features and extensive video content that we will be releasing to meet the reformed standards. We will also look at the benefits of integrating bksb with OneFile. This workshop promises to be filled with valuable information and witty banter.
9. Beej Kaczmarczyk – Director, e-MemoirMaking the most of devolved budgets and local flexibilities – opportunities for English, maths and digital skills providers
  • How devolved budgets and local flexibilities might work in your area
  • Understanding the skills strategies and local outcome agreements
  • Ensuring your provision meets LEP and JC+ priorities
  • Ensuring an integrated approach to the provision of English and maths
  • Making digital skills a key part of your offer
10.Lucy Hunte – National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England (NHS)Building successful Functional Skills programmes and partnerships for apprenticeship growth in the NHSThe NHS is the largest employer in the UK with a combined levy spend of over £200 million. We have a public sector target of over 28,000 apprenticeship starts per year. This workshop will allow you to understand the challenges, including  functional skills, but also the huge demand and potential for successful long-term partnerships.