The Future of Further Education Forum 2012 - New challenges and new chances #fefutures
20 Jun 2012
Westminster Studio, 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB

Headline Speakers

More than ever, as budget restrictions take effect, it is vital that colleges, community learning services and work-based learning providers develop precise and informed strategies.

Cuts to the 19+Learning budget; a fall in student enrolment and the funding gap has resulted in increasing challenges to the education system across the board.

These difficulties provide an opportunity to look to new innovative ways to improve services; attract new students; make savings through shared services, smart procurement and technology, and look to global markets.

This annual forum brings together senior leaders and managers of FE and sixth form colleges; training providers and providers of adult education and work-based learning to discuss the future of the sector and address the challenges they will face.

Programme
09:50
Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Dr Susan Pember OBE, Director, Further Education and Skills Investment, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Students at the heart of the FE and skills system

10:15
Keith Smith, Director of Funding Policy, Skills Funding Agency
Understanding the future of FE funding

10:30
Peter Mucklow, National Director for Young People, Education Funding Agency
Changes to the 16-19 Funding Formula

10:45
Panel discussion: Session 1 What will the reclassification of FE colleges to ‘private sector’ mean for FE colleges?
11:00
Break
11:30
Kieran Gordon, Member, Careers Profession Task Force; Chief Executive, Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership
First-class advice delivered by the National Careers Service

11:50
Andrew Boden, Director of Teaching and Learning, Blackpool Sixth Form
Achieving excellence in teaching and learning

12:10
Sarah Benioff, National Apprenticeships Director – Quality, Programme and the Apprenticeships Vacancy Service, National Apprenticeship Service
The future of apprenticeships

12:30
Panel discussion: Session 2
• Does the future of FE inevitably create ‘winners and losers’ or is this finally the opportunity to create an efficient service that is fundamentally more collaborative and productive?
• What will FE loans mean for the future of FE?

13:00
Break
14:00
Malcolm Wharton CBE, Principal, Hartpury College
Achieving and delivering HE in FE

14:20
Dave Harding, Vice Principal, Barnsley College
Generating income through commissioned provision for the unemployed

14:40
Widening participation
Audrey Mullender, Principal, Ruskin College; Rachel Hemstock, Skills for Life Tutor, Ruskin College

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Break
15:30
What will A level and GCSE reform mean for FE Colleges? Slides from Round Table Discussion
Chaired by: Diane Muallem

16:15
Close of conference