Behaviour and attitude.

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Pete Benyon

Professional Behaviour for All: A Whole College Approach to Positive Behaviour

In this session, I discuss the changes that we have made and are making to introduce a whole college approach to promoting positive and professional behaviours from intent to impact.

I am an FE professional specialising in positive behaviour and neuro-diversity. I am currently a Team Manager leading on behaviour, attendance and the development of a mentoring service. I have worked as a specialist in behaviour and engagement for 15 years in a variety of support, teaching and leadership roles.

@Benyonism on Twitter


Tony Payne

Relight My Fire: Learner Voice in the Classroom and Boardroom – How #ukfechat can support a new generation of student leaders.

In this session we will consider the attitudes of students, staff and politicians towards learner voice and, in light of the current political climate and a new EIF, consider what the future might look like.

Tony Payne is the National Lead of the LVP Network and has contributed to national strategies on engaging FE students for AoC, Olympic Games, Children in Need and NUS. Having run the awarding winning SU at Canterbury College for 10 years, Tony now supports UK colleges on the TOTUM student discount and engagement platform.

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Liz Leek

Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

How Cultural and Social Capital are FE’s Secret Weapon.

Previously Principal of Barnsley Sixth Form College Liz has been VP Curriculum and SPH at Barnsley College for 2 years. With a background in Theatre and Performing Arts Liz has worked in the FE sector for over 25 years. Her key priorities for this year are around the acquisition of Social and Cultural Capital- something OfSTED were very keen on when Barnsley College were the first college to pilot the new EIF. Liz can fire-eat. 

@LeekLiz on Twitter


Tom Starkey

Self-defence - dealing with the effects of undesirable behaviour from students.

The session focuses on the effect of undesirable behaviour on FE practitioners, and how this is often overlooked in the wider educational discourse. He will be discussing mental and physical health, what support should be put in place for staff facing disruption and safety in the workplace with practitioner wellbeing at the forefront.

Tom is a former teacher who spent a decade in FE hiding from various teaching and learning walks. He is not an expert, but has had a lot of experience dealing with extremes of behaviour from his time in Alternative Provision and PRUs (the last of these having been based in an FE college). He tries to be as honest as possible when talking about education. Therefore, no-one trusts him. 

@tstarkey1212 on Twitter