The conference includes discussion and workshops on all things education, as well as debate on bigger FE themes. Above all else, the day helps provide new ideas to consider as well as practical tools to use wherever you work, whether you're a sector leader, an experienced teacher or brand new to the profession. 

It’s in central Manchester, it’s £20 including lunch and there are loads of brilliant speakers who’ll be exploring the following themes:

• Pedagogy and research

• Behaviour and attitude

• Personal development

• Maths

• English

Speakers include

  • Paul Joyce HMI- Head of FE and Skills, Ofsted

  • Professor Stephen Whittle - Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Stephen Exley - FE Editor, TES

  • Julia Smith - Teacher trainer & maths author for AOC, CUP, BBC Bitesize, AQA & Collins

  • Sarah Ledger - Teacher, writer, columnist

  • Andrew Harden - Head of Further Education, University and College Union 

  • Ed Southall -  Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, University of Huddersfield. Maths author, Solve My Maths. 

  • David Hughes - CEO, Association of Colleges

  • Jo Fletcher-Saxon - Assistant Principal: HE & Adult Ed , Ashton Sixth Form College

  • Lou Mycroft - Nomadic thinker, educator, writer

  • Professor Vicky Duckworth - Professor of Education, Edge Hill University. Author. 

  • Tom Starkey - Teacher in FE-based Alternative Provision. TES and Teach Secondary columnist

  • Anshi Singh - ICT teacher in an FE college and freelance IT consultant.

  • Tony Payne - Head of Learner Voice Network Customer Partner (FE) Totum

  • Bob Harrison - Chair of Northern College, former teacher and FE college principal, leading technology expert

  • Amanda Kelly - Maths & English Industry Manager, City & Guilds

  • Liz Leek - Vice Principal of Curriuculm, Barnsley College Group

  • Dr Peter Shukie - Education Studies Lecturer, University Centre, Blackburn College

  • Scott Hayden - Digital Innovation Specialist, National Advisor to EDTech UK, lecturer at Basingstoke College of Technology

  • Elizabeth Draper - Member of the Senior Management Team and Director of English at an FE College

  • Stefanie Wilkinson - Director of Teaching and Learning at Barnsley College

  • Sam Jones - Initial Teacher Education Lecturer, Founder of #FEResearchment. TES FE Teacher of the Year 2019

  • Martin Reid -  Director, Society for Education & Training

  • Catherine van Saarloos - Core Maths Support and Development Coordinator at Maths Education Innovation

  • Emma Bell - Teacher, Lead of the Centre for Maths Excellence, Grimsby Institute

  • Pete Benyon - Team Manager, Student Engagement, Derby College.

  • Sarah Simons - Teacher in FE colleges and in the community, TES columnist, director UKFEchat

  • Lindsey Johnson - Vice Principal Curriculum & Support, The Manchester College

Hang on... What’s UKFEchat? 

UKFEchat in the pub

UKFEchat in the pub

It's a community of enthusiastic professionals who're interested in the world of further education and skills, whether that's in colleges, in work based learning or in adult and community education. We share opinions, discuss ideas and issues that are important to us, our students and  our places of work. 

We get together on Twitter at 9pm every Thursday to discuss a specific topic and to learn from each other. Everyone is welcomed to the chat with open arms. To get involved just remember to put #UKFEchat somewhere in your tweet.

We also have real life get togethers and hold meetings with sector leaders to discuss FE matters.

We'd love  you to get involved with our community or if you have any questions about anything we do, please do drop us a line.

Email or

Tweet @TheUKFEchat

UKFEchat goes to Ofsted

UKFEchat goes to Ofsted

UKFEchat at the TES FE Awards

UKFEchat at the TES FE Awards

Our last conference. Right laugh.

Though dancing and/or Mexican waves aren’t essential components of an education conference , we do like to make new pals and have a laugh whenever we can. Feel free to join in.