Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

29 January 2020 (09:30 - 15:00)


Free (Free non-members)

Ofsted has made a powerful case for change in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) with the shift from the narrow accountability system to a focus on the real substance and quality of education.

Two Skills and Education Group events last term began the process of analysing and critiquing the new EIF and identifying the challenges and the opportunities it presents:

  1. A Professional Exchange Network (PEN) meeting for WBL providers, facilitated by a senior HMI
  2. A Teaching and Learning event delivered by Tony Davis, focusing on the Quality of Education judgement.

It was agreed that we would convene this free of charge meeting in January to review where we are with the discussions and plans being developed within our organisations in relation to the EIF. We are grateful to the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) for sponsoring this event, as part of a national professional exchange initiative.

In the morning session, we will review the key questions which came out of the events above within a professional exchange of views.

  • How do we design a richer curriculum, with more care and attention paid to sequencing, planning and delivering in ways which enable learners to remember their learning?
  • How do we move away from a focus on the stuff of curriculum to the difference it can make?
  • How do we provide for the personal development of learners, going beyond the academic, technical or vocational curriculum?
  • How do we regain the trust that was lost within accountability regimes, allowing teachers and learners to take responsibility for their own learning and development?
  • Should we move away from the acronym TLA (and its focus on summative assessment) to TAL – putting the emphasis on teachers’ formative assessment strategies which lead to deeper learning?

Following a networking lunch, the afternoon session welcomes two inputs around the quality of education. Brad Plows (Learning Technologist, Barnsley College) will demonstrate the use of learning technologies to enhance the learner experience. This input will be followed by more opportunities for collaboration and discussions about whether and how these ideas can be introduced and contextualised for your organisation, its teaching teams and their learners.

Do register your place soon for what is sure to be a popular event.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.

  • How To Find Us

    Robins Wood House Training Centre is located in Aspley, about 2.5 miles to the north west of Nottingham city centre. It is easily accessible from the M1 (Junctions 25 and 26) and there are public transport links from the city centre. The nearest train station is Nottingham. Car parking at Robins Wood House is free.  Please click here to find us on Google Maps. Our postcode for SatNav is NG8 3NH.

  • Agenda

    09:30  Arrival and Refreshments
    10:00  Introductions, Context and Objectives
    10:30  Professional Exchange (1)
    11:00  Break
    11:15  Professional Exchange (2)
    11:45  Feedback to Feed Forward our Plans for Development
    12:15  Lunch
    12:45  Cognitive Learning Input and Questions – Stefanie Wilkinson
    13:45  Learning Technologies Input and Questions – Brad Plows
    14:30  Implementation and Next Steps
    15:00  Close