Overview

04 Nov, 20208:45 am-4:30 pm
Central London

This Forum provides an opportunity for participants to discuss strategies for enhancing the quality of adult education

This Forum provides an opportunity for participants to discuss strategies for enhancing the quality of adult education. Following the announcement of the National Retraining Partnership, as part of the wider Industrial Strategy, education and training providers must prepare to upskill and retrain adults in an effective way to fill skills gaps across the country, particularly in light of skills shortages which are likely to widen as a result of Brexit. Policymakers and sector leaders will share policy updates for facilitating these efforts, while best practice case studies will share methods for ensuring training and learning opportunities are accessible to those who would most benefit and are in line with labour market needs.

Audience

This Forum is designed for Further Education Providers and Local Authorities. Typical job titles will include:

  • Principals
  • Teaching and Learning Advisers
  • Heads of Improvement
  • Curriculum Leaders
  • Corporate Directors for Education
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Course Directors
  • Directors of Curriculum Development
  • Employment and Skills Officers
  • Heads of Employer Engagement
  • Strategic Planning Managers
  • Heads of Talent Management
  • Apprenticeship and Training Managers
  • Learning and Development Leads

Key Speakers

Michael Carney photo
Michael Carney
Policy Engagement Lead
Department for Education (DfE)
Alastair da Costa photo
Alastair da Costa
Chair, Capital City College Group, and Member
Social Mobility Commission Board
Dr Catherine Manning photo
Dr Catherine Manning
Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Education and Training Foundation
Dr Fiona Aldridge photo
Dr Fiona Aldridge
Director for Policy and Research
Learning and Work Institute
Ed Richardson photo
Ed Richardson
Senior Policy Adviser
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Iain Murray photo
Iain Murray
Senior Policy Advisor
The Trades Union Congress

Other Speakers

Dawit Asress photo
Dawit Asress
Assistant Principal, Quality and Student Services
Redbridge Institute
Cllr Shaid Mushtaq photo
Cllr Shaid Mushtaq
Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Oldham Council
Gerald Jones photo
Gerald Jones
Head of Adult Learning, Lewisham Council and Chair
Local Education Authorities’ Forum for the Education of Adults (LEAFEA)

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Ewart Keep
Professor Ewart Keep
Director of Centre for Skills Knowledge & Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
University of Oxford
Invited
9:40 am
Morning Keynote: Expanding Adult Education Through the National Retraining Scheme and the National Skills Fund
  • Discussing the economic landscape and the need for re-skilling, as well as upskilling mature learners in light of industry advancements and Brexit
  • Sharing progress on the development and rollout of the National Retraining Scheme, the government’s programme to help adults retrain into better jobs
  • Offering guidance for education providers on how to access government funding to develop and enhance adult education programmes, particularly through innovative use of technology
  • Examining initial findings from the rollout of the ‘Get Help to Retrain’ programme as part of the scheme, which provides a digital service for adults to understand their skills, explore training opportunities and access support
  • Sharing insights into the development of the National Skills Fund, supported by 3bn of funding
Michael Carney
Michael Carney
Policy Engagement Lead
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Special Keynote: Ensuring Adult Education is Accessible by All
  • Assessing the key outcomes from the 2019 Adult Skills Gap report and exploring the key barriers to adult learning for low-income adults with few qualifications
  • Highlighting how training for low paid workers is often overlooked for the training of highly paid workers and how this contributes to a lifetime of low paid work
  • Encouraging employers to upskill workers by providing opportunities to develop managerial skills, and how traditional training providers can support these efforts
  • Sharing recommendations to improve opportunities for upskilling for low paid workers, including initiatives to make retraining more accessible and flexible for learners
Alastair da Costa
Alastair da Costa
Chair, Capital City College Group, and Member
Social Mobility Commission Board
Confirmed
10:30 am
Questions and Answers Session
10:50 am
Refreshments and Networking
11:10 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Working in Partnership to Develop High-Quality, Needs-Based Training

Delegates will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the forum to pose to the panel, as well as engaging with them on the day. Discussion topics will include:

  • The formation of the National Retraining Partnership and how this fits into wider Industrial Strategy plans
  • Strategies for boosting productivity and skills in sectors where a shortage has been identified including AI, creative industries and construction, with the help of £64 million in funding
  • How to ensure new opportunities meet the needs of all stakeholders, including employers, training providers, and low-skilled workers who typically miss out on continued learning
Ed Richardson
Ed Richardson
Senior Policy Adviser
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Confirmed
Iain Murray
Iain Murray
Senior Policy Advisor
The Trades Union Congress
Confirmed
Alan Fletcher
Alan Fletcher
Head of Research and Enterprise Support (STEM)
The Open University
Confirmed
Arinola Edeh
Arinola Edeh
Principal and Head of Service
Westminster Adult College
Invited
11:50 am
Case Study: Supporting Employers to Upskill the Local Workforce
  • Working with Careers Education Information and Guidance Swindon and Wiltshire to raise aspirations among young people and workers so sustainable careers can be built across local businesses
  • Sharing how the college utilises European Social Fund (ESF) funding to deliver free upskilling opportunities to local businesses and how this can be sustained post-Brexit
  • Collaborating with the Building Bridges programme, funded by the ESF and Big Lottery Fund, to help those in need of support access education, training and employment, including by encouraging those in the community to make referrals
  • Outlining how courses are tailored to employer and trainee needs, including in a taught classroom environment, workplace assessment and distance learning
Jo Grenfell
Jo Grenfell
Director of Funding and Learning Resources
Wiltshire College and University Centre
Invited
12:10 pm
Questions and Answers Session
12:20 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:20 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Supporting Adults Transitioning Through Life Stages to Access Adult Education
  • Sharing findings from the Learning at Life Transitions Report, 2019, which explores the motivations and barriers to adults re-engaging with learning at key points in their lives, such as preparing for retirement and returning to work after caring for children
  • Discussing how practitioners can make learning more accessible and attractive to adults within these transition stages, for example by ensuring flexible and suitable childcare provision or clear communication about how learning can enhance retirement
  • Sharing recommendations to enhance update and quality of adult learning, including providing a curriculum that aligns with the goals and interest of adults across a range of life stages
  • Considering the next steps to be taken to enhance adult education opportunities, including proposals for a national lifelong strategy and an entitlement to career reviews for adults at key points of transition
Dr Fiona Aldridge
Dr Fiona Aldridge
Director for Policy and Research
Learning and Work Institute
Confirmed
1:40 pm
Special Keynote: Utilising the Professional Standards to Improve Adult Education Provision
  • Summarising the core components of the ETF Professional Standards, including values and attributes, knowledge and understanding, and skills, and the role these must play in delivering adult education
  • Discussing how to implement the Professional Standards Framework in different settings, including traditional further education college as well as independent training providers that work to deliver on the specialist needs of the employer
  • Discussing methods for constructively challenging staff, teachers and employers, to evaluate their practice and methods for motivating learners
Dr Catherine Manning
Dr Catherine Manning
Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Education and Training Foundation
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Adult Education Training – The Role of Universities
  • Sharing guidance on how universities can enhance their education programmes to create a generation of high-quality adult education lecturers who can deliver outstanding teaching
  • Discussing what constitutes outstanding adult education teaching and how universities can embed this into their education programmes
  • Assessing how universities and further education providers can work closely together to ensure that course curriculums are tailored and students have the opportunity to experience adult education teaching prior to completing their degree
  • Analysing how students can be supported throughout their course of study to tackle the challenges of adult education training, including engagement of disadvantaged adults and meeting business needs
Professor Norbert Pachler
Professor Norbert Pachler
Pro-Director: Teaching, Quality & Learning Innovation
Institute of Education, University College London (UCL)
Invited
2:20 pm
Questions and Answers
2:40 pm
Refreshments and Networking
3:00 pm
Case Study: Developing an Outstanding Curriculum to Deliver Award-Winning Adult Education
  • Sharing insights into how Redbridge Institute became the first local authority adult education service in London to achieve an outstanding Ofsted grade and one of four top providers in the country
  • Developing highly effective regional partnerships to inform a tailored and community-focused curriculum aligned to local and regional priorities and offering guidance on collaborating with local partners
  • Providing outstanding support to learners, including a high proportion of learners from deprived backgrounds, to develop crucial skills, widen employment opportunities and achieve consistently high grades
  • Offering guidance on raising the standards of teaching and learning and how this has improved the quality of adult education provision, resulting in the Institute having no areas of improvement according to Ofsted
Dawit Asress
Dawit Asress
Assistant Principal, Quality and Student Services
Redbridge Institute
Confirmed
3:20 pm
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Lifelong Learning - A Local Authority Approach
  • Outlining what makes Oldham Council’s Lifelong Learning Services Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and makes the service a national leader in the field
  • Offering informal adult education to over 10,000 people every year: Resourcing, financing and implementing
  • Highlighting how the council reduced barriers to participation, resulting in outstanding engagement with disadvantaged learners
  • Sharing guidance on successful partnership working between learners, communities and partners to ensure services are able to meet needs and the demand whilst delivering high quality learning
  • Achieving an overall qualification rate of 94% and 98% of learners recommending the service
Cllr Shaid Mushtaq
Cllr Shaid Mushtaq
Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Oldham Council
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Questions and Answers Session
4:00 pm
Interactive Presentation: Embedding Vital Modern-Day Skills into the Curriculum

This session will share insights into the development of the National Outcomes Framework for Adult Education, which captures the multiple values and benefits of adult education. Participants will analyse the Curriculum for Life, which assesses the skills, attitudes and capabilities that workers will need to flourish in the 2020s, and how these can be taught in all subjects.

Delegates will then work in small groups on an activity to share strategies for embedding these skills within the curriculum.

Gerald Jones
Gerald Jones
Head of Adult Learning, Lewisham Council and Chair
Local Education Authorities’ Forum for the Education of Adults (LEAFEA)
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Chair's Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Pricing

  • Public Sector
    £395 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector
    £325 + VAT
  • Private Sector
    £595 + VAT
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