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Sarah Ledger

Skipping Through the Meadows

How can we avoid the dry concrete path to GCSE but arrive at the same destination?

Sarah Ledger been a teacher of English for over 30 years. She is just getting the hang of it.

@sezl on Twitter

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Amanda Kelly

Functional Skills Reforms – What does it all mean?

Functional Skills Qualifications are undergoing the biggest change since their introduction and Amanda will unpick the reforms, exploring the impact this will have on teaching, assessments and exams.

After 14 years teaching Key Skills and then Functional Skills in a local FE college Amanda crossed to the dark-side and went to work for an Awarding Organisation and discovered what a great of variety of maths, English, ICT and Employability is being taught out there in post 16 education! Known for her love of train travel, Amanda can be found navigating the breadth of the UK to meet teachers, Managers and other Stakeholders by train and her trusty Brompton bicycle.

@Functionalise on Twitter


David Hughes

English and maths policy update

David Hughes became Chief Executive of The Association of Colleges in September 2016. He is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and regularly meets with politicians, stakeholders and partners to represent colleges.

David joined Learning and Work Institute (previously NIACE) as Chief Executive in 2011, following 11 years in the further education sector, working at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). David has most recently led the merger of NIACE with Inclusion to form Learning and Work Institute in 2016. At the LSC and SFA David led funding relationships with colleges and providers. David has also worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.

@AoCDavidH on Twitter


Elizabeth Draper

Rethinking English strategies for #FE : holistic… and EIF friendly!

This session will be talking about successful approaches to delivering English across college as well as within the curriculum. I will be talking about a ‘student-action research’ approach; positive strategies for improving reading and strategies for ‘going digital’. Relevant, achievable, practicable and innovative ideas that are ongoing in my own work at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

I work on shifting approaches to the GCSE ‘resit’ challenge, instituting ‘holistic’ strategies. I have witnessed significant improvements in college culture and student progress because of this dynamic approach. This ‘belt-and braces’ strategy involves innovative reading campaigning, our local community, libraries and national initiatives, Student Action Research and ‘going digital’. I am currently a member of the Senior Management Team, Director of English.

@draperel on Twitter