Frequently asked questions
Where's the conference happening?
BSix, Brooke House Sixth Form College, Kenninghall Road, London E5 8BP
It's in Zone 2, about 15 minutes on an overground train from central London.
How do I get there?
How to find us:
Local bus routes: 38, 48, 55, 56, 106, 253, 254, 393, 425, 488
Nearest Overground Stations:
Clapton, Hackney Downs and Rectory Road (5 minutes walk) . Hackney Central (10 minutes walk)
Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Overground station is a bus ride away (488 or 56 bus takes 10-15 minutes)
If you have a peep on the Transport for London website, there's a useful journey planner.
Who's the conference for?
Anyone who's interested in FE, whether that's within colleges, work-based learning or adult and community education.
I haven't been involved with UKFEchat stuff before, can I still come?
We love to see new faces and welcome everyone who wants to be involved. We are a community who has grown organically with the purpose of sharing good practice and supporting each other. Our network has grown to include everyone from brand new practitioners to highly experienced lecturers and sector leaders, all sharing, supporting and learning.
I haven't been to a conference before what should I expect?
Our conference involves a get together at the beginning of the day, a load of different sessions to choose from according to whatever FE topic is your cup of tea, then a big debate at the end of the day. There's opportunity for you to bring a 5 minute presentation on English / maths / digital technology / leadership and management if you fancy contributing. There are lots of breaks so you can catch up with pals, make new ones or just give your brain a rest. It's a really relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome.
What about lunch?
The BSiX canteen will be open for us to buy lunch and refreshments throughout the day, or if you'd rather you can bring a packed lunch with you. As is UKFEchat tradition, there'll be a wander to the nearest pub at the end of the day. Everyone welcome.
I've got a ticket but can't come. What should I do?
I'm afraid we aren't able to offer refunds, but we are happy for you to pass your ticket to a colleague. If you could let us know the name of the person you are transferring your ticket to, that would be marvellous.
Why should I give up my Saturday to talk about work stuff?
Well, because working in FE, work-based or adult and community learning is tough. Every so often we need a motivational boost. UKFEchat gives you that power up. You will not only learn new stuff that you can use straight away, but leave with new ideas, a fresh perspective and a new network of colleagues from around the country.
Here's what people said about UKFEchat and last year's conference.
“I am still buzzing six weeks after the first ever #UKFEchat event, where dedicated, committed further and adult education tutors gave their time for free, to assemble in London and make stuff happen. That was one of the best days of my career. #UKFEchat has changed FE's vital signs.”
Lou Mycroft, teacher educator, The Northern College
“To get the future right, we need a great deal of debate and discussion among people who know the sector. I'm
therefore absolutely delighted that the UKFEchat National Conference is taking place and hugely impressed by what the UKFEchat community has managed to achieve.”
Professor Alison Wolf, Baroness of Dulwich
“I don’t think that I have ever been so inspired in such a short space of time in all my years of working in FE. The conference had the most amazing speakers, a brilliant venue, fantastic goodie bags and ran extremely smoothly.”
Maria Wilkinson, Curriculum Director, Aylesbury College
“#UKFEchat has been the best thing to happen to the sector in a long while. Since discovering the community I have used it to improve my own practice and knowledge.”
Tony Payne, Students’ Union Manager, Canterbury College
“#UKFEchat, in the words of one of my fellow chatters, provides "world class CPD". I have never felt better supported, more motivated or excited to be teaching in FE since I became involved. Long may it continue to thrive.”
Nicky Hawkins, Lecturer, South Devon College