Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

28 February 2020 (12:00 - 16:00)


£55.00 (£65.00 non-members)

True to form, this meeting includes a variety of inputs for managers and practitioners involved in skills development.

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group were awarded Outstanding in all areas following a full inspection under Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework. Navarda Garside, Group Head of Maths and English, will share strategies and examples of good practice used within the English and Maths department, and how these contributed to the overall college Outstanding grade.

Claire Collins (Claire Collins Consultancy) will identify the differences between embedding English, maths and digital skills (EMD) in T Levels compared to vocational learning in general. Claire will also clarify the practitioner’s role in supporting learners’ EMD learning within T levels and explain the key differences between school EMD and how these skills might be translated in the workplace to benefit learners’ T Level industry placements.

How effective and engaging are your assessment methods? Kate Wright (Curriculum Manager for Maths and English, Loughborough College) has been working on the balance between effective, timely and meaningful feedback and staff workload. We all know the feeling when, having written constructive comments, the learner either doesn't even read them or apparently take any notice. Whilst there are no silver bullets, Kate will be sharing some tips and a variety of ideas that are proving useful.

In addition, Helen Pickering (Education Consultant) will provide an input.  Helen specialises in GCSE English language, and has worked for a leading exam board as a Principal Examiner and Lead Assessment Writer for the current specification. She will provide an overview of the specification, followed by a detailed focus on the skills that students require to succeed. An overview of the mark scheme and its application will be provided and then finally, some of the more challenging questions will be focused on along with teaching strategies which will support learners to move to a higher grade. She will explain the differentiation between the two levels in the mark scheme - ensuring that students are able to understand precisely what is expected of them in each question is crucial to their success.

Facilitated by Dianne Robinson (Regional Specialist for English for the ETF), there will be plenty of opportunity for peer to peer discussion and networking.

  • Who Should Attend?
    • English and maths practitioners
    • Curriculum/programme leads
    • Managers.
  • 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.