27 February 2020

The days are getting longer, warmer weather is (hopefully) on the way, and we have more networks for you to look forward to.

Here we feature three of our spring networks which will support and inform staff involved in English and maths provision, quality assurance and improvement and apprenticeship delivery.

Enhance your Maths and English practice

Are you a post-16 practitioner delivering English or maths Functional Skills? You can benefit from a useful update on these qualifications at our Adult Community Learning (ACL) Network on 12 March. Pearson have a wealth of guidance on reformed Functional Skills, and this network is a chance to hear from them directly as we welcome Chris Briggs (Sector Manager, Post-16 English and Maths). Chris will highlight the challenging content, including external assessments, and suggest ideas to support learners.

We also welcome Natalie Jameson-Warren (Quality Manager, Derby Adult Learning Service). Natalie will present a practical approach to formative assessment which is robust and drives learner progress.

Share expertise that has led to impressive Ofsted results

At our Quality Managers Network on 13 March, there is an opportunity to reflect upon your organisational strategies to address the requirements of the EIF.

Carol Thomas (Director of Curriculum and Performance, Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group) will discuss the key strengths observed by Ofsted in their ‘Outstanding’ EIF inspection. Carol was the Quality Nominee for the inspection and will share the college’s experience of what Ofsted focused on within the new approach to inspection.

In addition, Petra Williams (Director of Quality, Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Bedford College Group) will share their recent experience of inspection and how they achieved ‘Good’ across the board.

Learn from our members’ insight on apprenticeship delivery

Join us at the Apprenticeship/WBL Network on 17 March for a discussion on how to address the challenges posed by the EIF for work-based learning provision. Additionally, we will map the skillsets expected of assessors in relation to the new EPA framework and review the new Assessor Coach apprenticeship standards.

When it comes to getting the most out of your apprenticeship levy funds, there are a variety of delivery models available to you. Chris Fry (Assessor: Leadership & Management) from Nottingham College has kindly offered to share their effective delivery model.

Book your place

To book your place at any of these events, or to find further details, follow the relevant link below. Please note that all networks are starting earlier and finishing earlier, until further notice. This is to make travel easier in view of the current traffic issues in the Nottingham area.

Adult Community Learning (ACL Network)

Thursday 12 March 2020

12:00 lunch, meeting 12.30 - 15:30

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Quality Managers Network

Friday 13 March 2020

12:00 lunch, meeting 12.30 – 15:30

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Apprenticeship/Work Based Learning Network

Tuesday 17 March 2020

12:00 lunch, meeting 12.30 – 15:30

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Remember that the Skills and Education Group offers a wide range of professional development opportunities in addition to those featured here. Additional upcoming events and networks can be viewed here.