Speakers and sessions
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The Body Language Secrets of the Master Teachers. With Phil Beadle
Phil Beadle provides hugely entertaining and challenging training. He is one of the most experienced and well thought of education speakers in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Me, Myself and I: supporting retention in FE. With Rachel George
Me, myself and I is a project that runs across three campuses within Activate Learning. The initial purpose was to find out why learners leave. It's now become the structure I have used for 2 years to support learners and teachers. The results have been outstanding and for two consecutive years I have had 100% retention, achievement and success rates. In this session I'll share how and why the project works.
What's the point of evidence? With Tom Bennett
As well as being an author, TES columnist and Government advisor on behaviour management and teacher training, Tom Bennett has been a teacher in the East End of London for ten years. He is the Director and founder of researchED, a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof. In this session he discusses why a research based approach matters.
Developing enterprise. With Adnan Mahmood.
This session looks at entrepreneurship and how learners have engaged with project based learning.
The Thinking Environment. With Lou Mycroft.
The Thinking Environment is a simple, radical framework for thinking differently and for changing organisational cultures. This workshop outlines the processes for thinking together, in groups and in coaching situations and gives you the chance to experience uninterrupted thinking for yourself.
Choose science, not myths. With Dan Williams and Oliver Caviglioli
An exploration of some common misconceptions about learning before examining how learning science can be applied to every classroom.
Break time. With Tom Starkey
Tom Starkey describes his year long sabbatical and discusses whether we can learn anything about teaching by packing it in for a bit.
Ways of Being. With Danny Brown.
This session is a description of the work we have been doing in developing teaching in the Maths department at BSix College. It is a model of teacher development based on John Mason’s Discipline of Noticing that is applicable to any discipline in any school that wishes to effect changes in practice.
Hackney University Extension: a model for collaborative Widening Participation. With Nik Higgins, Laura Macbeth, and Naomi Littlejohn
This session looks at the value and impact of creating a university extension programme, as well as a practical guide on how to set up your own initiative.
Differentiation: stretch and challenge at every level. With Nicky Hawkins
If you teach classes of more than one learner, you'll have used differentiation. This session will reassure you that you are probably already differentiating without even thinking about it, as well as giving you a few ideas on how to stretch and challenge all learners more effectively without producing hundreds of individualised resources.
The developmental observation process.
This session will explore the power of Padlet and Google to automate a developmental observation process, maximise sharing practice, peer observation, professional dialogue and the display of data.
UKFEchat Live: Leadership and management. With Maria Wilkinson
Come and join in a real life UKFEchat hosted by leadership and management expert Maria Wilkinson. Bring a 5 minute presentation, or share your experience of what works and what doesn't, or just come along for a sit down and a chat with a new network of like-minded colleagues. Whether you're a leader, manager, teacher, support professional, or just have an interest in the subject, everyone is welcome to join the conversation
Evidence-based management: exploring missed opportunities. With Dr Gary Jones
If you’re a teacher, evidence-based practitioner, manager or senior leader and are looking to improve your decision-making processes, then this session is for you. We’ll look at the competences and processes associated with evidence-based management and explore the implications for education professionals.
Making the most of meetings. With Hannah Tyreman
If you've ever sat in a meeting wondering why opportunities for meaningful and relevant collaboration, celebration and conversation have failed to emerge then this session will seek to show you there's another way.
Living the dream - being the leader you want to be in FE. With Liz Leek.
Liz Leek has held senior positions in FE colleges around the UK and is currently Principal at Barnsley Sixth Form College. In this session she shares what she's worked out about being a leader.
Time Management – What are your Distractors? With Liz Lang
A session to reflect on how you manage your time, sharing tips to make the most of your day. A chance to explore ideas that you can share with your colleagues and students.
Darwin was right; adaptation is key. With Jayne Stigger
After 22 years, 11 Ofsteds, 15 colleges and 2 mergers, I’ve learned a lot about FE and how to survive it. If you work as an LSA, lecturer, curriculum manager, quality bod or senior manager then I’ve been in your shoes. Come and hear me talk about our future and lessons learned, for the benefit of all, students and staff.
Education Policy and the Low Trust Trap. With Christina Donovan
This session explores how performative education policies (inc. performance management, arbitrary target-setting etc..) can effect the way people trust each other in an institution. The presentation will outline research which shows how managerialism, risk and performativity in FE persist in spite of themselves. This will form the basis of a discussion about how this environment is experienced by practitioners, and introduce forthcoming research which seeks to investigate how this could impact upon the experiences of students.
Raising standards through a whole college approach. With Gary Hancox
Gary Hancox is Curriculum Director at Lambeth College and will be discussing his work surrounding the raising of standards through a whole college approach to enhance outcomes.
Engaging the Reluctant Learner. With Emma Bell
English and Maths tutors in FE have been given the ultimate challenge: to turn learners who have been branded as failures into motivated and successful students. What can we do to engage that reluctant learner? How can this engagement help bolster their success?
"You must practice your English." Creating conditions for students to practice their language outside of class. With Nafisah Graham-Brown
This workshop will explore the notion that students don't practice their English enough at home and look at what we can do as tutors to support this practice. Using doctoral research into the social relationships of newly-arrived migrant women and the interactions they have using English in their new lives, digital interventions, activities and tools (such as flipped learning and whatsapp groups) that can be used to encourage development of fluency will be shared in order to better support our students to practice their English.
10 Commandments of social media. With Scott Hayden
Social media is an invaluable tool to connect with industry, a world of opportunities beyond the walls of your class, as well as a fun tool to engage students with their learning. In this session Scott Hayden will share tips, advice and the 10 commandments of social media in the classroom.
FELTAG: More of a movement than a report. With Bob Harrison
This session will look at the progression of FELTAG and explore the cultural shift towards a digital future for FE.
UKFEchat Live: Talking technology. With Beckie Dunsby
Join digital FE champion Beckie Dunsby for a gathering of tech minds in a real life UKFEchat. Share what you know, pick up ideas to use in your sessions or methods to manage your workload more effectively. Like our regular Thursday UKFEchats this session is what you want it to be. You can bring a 5 minute presentation, or a resource to share, or just come along for the chat.
UKFEchat Live: Maths. With Julia Smith
The session will be maths, maths, maths and more maths... A focus upon sharing good practice in GCSE resits - what works and what doesn't; talking Functional and Core maths too & generally handing the hankies around and bearing our souls. Hankies will be provided by maths expert Julia Smith.
UKFEchat Live: English. With Gwen Nelson
Come to a real life UKFEchat. This one's all about English, hosted by subject specialist, Gwen Nelson. Bring your own best advice, teaching ideas, and expertise to share with like minded colleagues. This session gives you the opportunity to exchange experience with other colleagues from the sector. Do a short talk, bring a 5 minute presentation or feel free to join the group without uttering a word. The floor is yours.
Behaviour matters. With Paul Dix
Paul is a speaker, author and notorious teacher wrangler in huge demand. He is CEO of Pivotal Education. As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer Paul has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging urban schools, referral units and colleges for the last 25 years. In this session he will share his expert knowledge on behaviour in an FE environment.
Restorative practice for behaviour in FE. With Kay Sidebottom
Restorative practice is an emerging field of behaviour management which emphasises the establishment of community and belonging through the deliberate use of restorative language and the modelling of positive teacher behaviours. This workshop will explore practical ways to use RP in your classroom for the benefit of your students and just as importantly, for yourself.
Inclusion: Bringing the strands together for students with SEND. With Joe Baldwin
Learners with SEND and high needs are not just within discreet provision in an FE college. In this session we’ll explore the current impact of the SEND reforms on the FE landscape. We'll reflect on our own and our colleges' practice. We'll consider how we can better support students in receipt of free college meals and those students who are looked-after or young carers.
Verbal de-escalation strategies. With Hilary Nunns.
If you're looking for 'just the rights words' to de-escalate and reduce confrontation without coming across as aggressive, this bite-sized behaviour management session will help you with that. At the end of the session, you should: be aware of own behaviours/body language and how these impact on others, know how to use positive verbal and non-verbal strategies to calm and re-engage, have terminology to improve own assertive language.
Autism and inclusive practice. With Peter Benyon.
In this session Peter Benyon discusses key issues surrounding inclusive practice for young people with autism, exploring innovative support strategies for learners in an FE environment.
Colour blindness: the disability hiding in every classroom. With Vickie Cannam
One in 12 males and one in 200 females suffer from colour blindness with as many as 40% unaware and undiagnosed when they leave secondary education. My session aims to raise awareness of the condition and the #1ineveryclassroom campaign, and will include some simple strategies to help colour blind students inside and outside the classroom, and in vocational areas.
Paul Joyce HMI, Ofsted's deputy director for FE and skills.
Ofsted's head of FE and skills will be joining the UKFEchat community to discuss the sector and the work of Ofsted.
Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
Learners aren't customers, they should be so lucky. With Tony Payne
This session will take an honest look at the concept of students as customers and consumers and what role staff play in the current climate of learner loans, FE choices and student satisfaction.
The underrepresentation of white working class boys in HE: the role of widening participation. With Dr Sam Baars and Ellie Mulcahy
We present findings from our recent research report on the underrepresentation of white working class boys in HE, commissioned by King's College London. Why are white working class boys the least likely group to progress to HE? What are the root causes of the problem, what can Widening Participation practitioners do to tackle it, and what barriers do they face in doing so?
Stephen Exley, Further Education Editor at TES
Stephen will be discussing the world of FE and skills with UKFEchat guests throughout the day.
How to stop being a passive policy practitioner. With Shane Chowen
This practical session gives you everything you need to stay on top of the ever changing, complex world of FE and skills public policy. Learn about the structures of political decision making, who the players are, who to get in touch with after identifying issues.
Selina Stewart, Associate and Prevent lead at Education and Training Foundation.
Selina will join the UKFEchat community to discuss the implications of Prevent Duty in an FE context.