The Future of Further Education
24 Jun 2010
Held at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London

This event presented one of the first opportunities for sector specialists, principals, senior management teams and policy leaders to prepare for changes that the post-election world will demand.

Mike Baker, Broadcaster and Journalist
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

Panel discussion: Streamlining services, working with employers and achieving co-opetition
Trevor Carson, Director, LSDA Northern Ireland (Part of LSN) John Widowson, Chair, Mixed Economy Group, Principal and Chief Executive, New College Durham Graham Hoyle OBE, Chief Executive, Association of Learning Provdiers (ALP)

Keynote address: Central Vs. local, individual Vs. mutual: FE funding and provision in a post-election world
Footage of John Hayes MP and Frances Maude MP speaking on Further Education at the Queen’s Speech Forum 2010

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Geoff Russell, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency
Visions for FE and the role of the Skills Funding Agency

Shane Chowen, Vice-President, Further Education, National Union of Students
Maintaining expert students: How can the sector protect the learner?

Panel discussion: Growth markets, outstanding curricula and vocational pathways through FE
Nick Linford, Funding and Performance Consultant , Author The hands-on guide to post-16 funding Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal, Kingston College Paul Steer, Director of Stakeholder Relations, OCR

Melanie Hunt, Director of Learning and Skills, Ofsted
The Ofsted view: Delivering high quality in the midst of change Question and answer session

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
John Stone, Chief Executive, LSN
New perspectives on partnerships and mergers

Frank McLoughlin, Chair, 157 Group, Principal, City and Islington College
Working in partnerships: The FE USP

Pat Bacon, Principal, St Helen's College, President, Association of Colleges
Technology for teaching and growth

Jane Williams, Executive Director, Further Education and 14-19, BECTA
Technology: the sector's strategic asset

Graham Hoyle, Chief Executive, Association of Learning Providers
The impact of sector changes on day-to-day delivery

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Key issues seminar 1: Involving employers in 14-19 curriculum
Abigail Smith, Qualifications Reform Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Key issues seminar 2: The 'Equality Standard': Achieving equality and diversity within your organisation
Tim Grant, Principal and Chief Executive, Darlington College Kate Hunter, Staff Development and Equalities Manager, Darlington College (Rated Outstanding Grade 1 and The Equality Standard Ofsted) Robin Landman, Chief Executive, Network for Black Professionals

Key issues seminar 4: Technology to maintain quality and increase effciencies
Cathy Ellis, Director Harnessing Technology in FE and Skills, BECTA Chris McLean, Vice Principal Quality and Information Services, North Hertfordshire College