Westminster Education Forum event, 16th May 2013

The ‘Further Education college policy in England – challenges and opportunities’ event is organised by the Westminster Education Forum and takes place in central London on the 16th May 2013. This event, which comes at a time of considerable change for Further Education policy, focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by recent and forthcoming Government reforms. It will bring together key policymakers with college leaders and other stakeholders central to the future operation of colleges in England.

Delegates will discuss how to raise the public profile and professional standing of FE colleges and those who teach within them, in light of the Final Report of the Independent Review Panel on Professionalism in Further Education, the recommendations of which included increased autonomy for the sector and the introduction of an FE Guild. The qualifications required by FE lecturers will also be addressed, following the Learning and Skills Improvement Service's FE Teacher and Trainer Qualifications Review.

Participants will also examine the new funding arrangements for FE and their likely impact on colleges - including the proposed new funding formula for 16-19 learners and the introduction, from August 2013, of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans for adults seeking to take FE courses at Level 3 or above.

The event will be chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Co-Vice Chair, Associate Parliamentary Skills Group. Keynote Speakers include Bobbie McClelland, Deputy Director, FE & Skills System & Relationship Management Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Paul Joyce HMI, Sector Subject Area Adviser, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment, Ofsted and Keith Smith, Executive Director, Delivery, Skills Funding Agency.

Further speakers include: Simon Beer, Regional Programme Director, London, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE); Sue Crowley, Chair, Institute for Learning; Norman Crowther, National Official Post-16 Education, Association of Teachers and Lecturers; Martin Doel, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges; Mick Fletcher, Independent Skills Consultant; Andy Gannon, Director of Policy, Public Relations and Research, 157 Group; Nick Linford, Managing Director, Lsect and Managing Editor, FE Week; Toni Pearce, Vice President (Further Education), National Union of Students; Ian Pryce, Principal, Bedford College; Penny Wycherley, Principal, Great Yarmouth College and Rob Wye, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

Delegate places cost £190 +VAT, concessions may be available. To find out more information and to book a place at the event please visit http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=579.

Date Added: February 13th 2013