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CPD Day: Raising quality and improving practice in the FE & skills sector - London

Friday 22nd June 2018

10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Early bird price £150 + VAT

This event is aimed at practitioners in the FE and skills sector who would like to update their CPD, share good practice and network with like-minded people.
Organised by SAGE Publishing.
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Refreshments and lunch are included

CPD day - session line-up

Improving Quality within your role Ann Gravells

About this session:
Providing a quality product and service is crucial in the competitive market of the FE and skills sector.  A good quality reputation for your institution will have a positive impact on your learners. In this session, Ann will share practical ideas on how you can improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.   

Achieving your QTLS – Tricia Odell, Education and Training Foundation

About this session:
If you are seeking to gain QTLS, this session will provide you with the guidance you need. Tricia will talk you through the key things you need to know from eligibility criteria to timescales and how to go about collecting and collating your evidence. Tricia will also share with you a range of resources to support applicants as well as how to use My QTLS.

Maintaining your professionalism – Ann Gravells

About this session:
There are constant changes and developments within the FE and skills sector which could affect your job role. In this session, Ann will outline how you can enhance your professional profile during times of change, including using technology to increase your networking opportunities. She will also give ideas for CPD activities to help you remain up to date with your practice. 

Managing teaching, learning and assessment during an observation – Sharron Mansell

About this session:
Assessment can often be a challenge but one that is important to get right. Good assessment leads to better learning. In this session, Sharron will introduce you to an interesting and useful theory of learners’ behaviour and will show you how to focus on formative assessment and developing the learner as a whole. 

Prevent Strategy – Erin Moore, Department for Education

About this session: 
This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the DfE’s Higher and Further Education Regional Prevent Coordinators on how the Prevent duty applies in an FE and training context and your responsibilities relating to it. In this session Erin will introduce you to Prevent and your statutory duty. She will also talk you through key vulnerabilities to be aware of, how to refer, and the channels available to do so. You will also get the opportunity to ask Erin questions and advice on this topic.

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Previous events are listed below

Book launch - 30 November 2017 - London

This event was organised by SAGE Publishing and held at their premises in London to introduce my latest book: Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training.

I spoke about my journey into teaching and how I began writing books. Everyone received a free signed copy of the book and had a great time!


Feedback from the book launch event

"A very informative afternoon at SAGE publishing for the launch of Ann Gravells' new book. Listening to her back-story and journey was humbling and saying that I have met and spoken to ‘the guru’ in our field, especially to my international learners will be useful! Thank you Ann for a fab afternoon and the signed copy of your book." Stella Da Silva

"It was great meeting you - I had a fabulous time. Thank you for the signed copy of your book and the cake tasted yummy..." Olushola Elugbaiye ECMBi Training and Consultancy Ltd

"Philip and myself had the great pleasure to hear Ann Gravells speak of her journey into teaching and being an author. Like many, including our students, I find her books easy to read with all the essential content, for whatever Education and Training course one is studying, Award to Diploma. 17 books selling over 180,000 copies in 11 years in an area packed with good offerings, is a testament in itself to her books' lasting appeal to students and teachers alike. Thanks SAGE publishing and Ann for a delightful afternoon. Looking forward to the next book!"  More detail can be seen at: 

Chris Bowles EQC Solutions Ltd

"I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Ann's book launch last week. It was very interesting to hear of her journey as it is so similar to many people in Adult Education and Further Education. The trials and tribulations of her working life were fascinating and, in particular, the work of an EQA was so interesting. I have most of Ann's books in their various guises and they are all accessible, easy to read and so helpful, both for me and all of my students over the past years. It's a pity they didn't exist when I first started Teacher Education classes back in 1998. I was very proud to be asked to help with this new book and Ann's very kind words in the 'Acknowledgements' meant so much to me. I would love to help in such tasks again. Thanks you to Ann and Sage Publishing." Audrey Fairgrieve, Abingdon & Witney College

"The session was very informative and worthwhile. There was a massive opportunity of networking with like-minded people and it reminded me of my purpose to teach in the lifelong learning sector. Thanks Ann - what a brilliant session, please keep them coming." Jeminiyi Ogunkoya

Summer Conference/CPD event - 9th June 2017 - Leeds

Photos and feedback from the open event facilitated with Hilary Read.

A summary of the event can be seen by clicking here.

Online feedback from delegates (below) was given anonymously, but where some chose to give their details this has been included.

Feedback from the Leeds CPD event

Excellent event. Very informative. Anon

Great day, thank you for all of your hard work and support that went into the day. Sarah Green

It was a very enjoyable day and I learned some new information which will be useful in my line of work. Anon

Excellent. I have found out so much and made lots of contacts. Jonathan White

Relevant speakers providing a good update of the current situation - however unclear that may be! Anon

Very friendly and highly knowledgeable using an approach I could understand. Excellent! Shaun Tumilty

Considering it was the first time Ann and Hilary have put on an event like that, it all went pretty smoothly. I thought it was a good choice of speakers. Each subject was covered in sufficient detail, which was quite impressive given the fairly restrictive time frames for each speaker. All round, a fun and useful day. So, thank you to you both! Anon

Thank you for inviting us to attend the event. We really enjoyed meeting our members in such a collaborative and informative environment. Victoria Ibbitson, Executive Administrator, The Society for Education and Training.

I must say I feel really motivated, proud and happy that I attended and met both of you. I felt people could communicate in a welcoming environment. It was very professional, open minded and good, Ann and Hilary are both willing to share their knowledge. I absolutely loved it. It has been very beneficial to my role. A very big thank you to Ann and Hilary for putting this event together, it has been very developmental and it perfectly meets my learning needs. Jeminiyi Ogunkoya

A good range of speakers with opportunity to ask questions. Anon

Excellent delivery as always from Hilary and Ann. Great guest speakers too. Thank you for making things clearer and I feel more confident that I'm not alone going through this uncertain time! Louise Reed

Great content. Well presented and paced. Rick Mills

Feel more confident about my knowledge now. Anon

This was a brilliant event and I appreciated the informality and the opportunity to meet others in the same profession, and that feeling that you are not working in isolation. I was really grateful to attend and the lengths both Ann and Hilary went to with the resources (Padlet) and structure of the day. The way the talks were organised were really informative and answered what I suspect most of the people in the room were wondering about the future and uncertainty with the FE sector. I look forward to the next training event. Thanks ever so much to you both. Joanna Z Rassello, Blackpool and The Fylde Uni Centre.

Very informative conference giving support in my job role also good to network with others within the same role. Anon

Many thanks for putting on the event. An independent and multi-faceted approach. Looking forward to the next one! Well done ladies! Elaine Jackson Catalyst QA Ltd

Informative, good networking opportunities & discussion time for knowns & unknowns. Excellent CPD which will lead to much reflection & positive action. Looking forward to next year's event! Thank you Liz Carboni Advice UK

Always good to cement your knowledge from "Thought leaders" Great pre-course information, lovely welcome on the day - thanks to your partners for their input! Lots of nice extras - the free book, the raffle, the front loaded Padlet. Many thanks. Chris Harris, Director of Training, KC Jones Training & Development

I am from a charity that delivers NVQs in the prisons and it is very easy to become isolated so events like your conference are really important to keep us in touch and help us feel part of a larger network. Maria McNicholl IAQ & Development Manager St Giles Trust

Many thanks for providing two brilliant BSL Interpreters, much appreciated so that I can have access on equal par with the other participants to attend the event. Agnes Dyab, Appa Training Ltd

Feedback from previous events

Some events have been facilitated with Hilary Read.

"I really enjoyed the event, it was very informative and I found it beneficial to share thoughts and concerns with others." Sharon Haggerty

"The trainers were very knowledgeable and approachable. It was a very interesting and informative day." Donna Kedzierski

"A great session which really helped clarify my understanding. The trainers are incredibly knowledgeable. A great range of topics were covered." Rachel Whitton

"I particularly enjoyed the input around the use of technology within learning, and picked up some new ideas that I will be implementing." Anon

"Two excellent presenters, well placed to share their wealth of experience and facilitate sharing of ideas and good practice! Thank you very much." Charlotte Ettenfield

"I attended a CPD training day delivered by Hilary and Ann and found it totally informative, meeting others and sharing ideas and best practice. I came away with something new to try when training, teaching and assessing. A great day!'"
Alison Roebuck, Hospitality trainer, assessor and IQA.

"A wide range of people attended and getting different views was a bonus, and helped to put some of the information in context. Excellent event." Ian Pursglove

"I really enjoyed the day, it was delivered in a very professional way." Anon

"Ann is obviously very knowledgeable & made a genuine effort to help all delegates. Look forward to staying in touch." Anon

"Very valuable seminar. Ann was excellent, well planned and excellent presentation with audio-videos and her vast experience. I loved it and thank you very much for giving me this opportunity." Anon

"It was a pleasure to be able to take time out to discuss issues with peers, guided by a knowledgeable trainer and facilitator." Anon

"Fantastic opportunity to network and learn more about where the sector is heading. Great to share concerns and opinions in a safe environment." Anon

"Despite the uncertainty within the area covered, I feel more confident about the subject. Hilary and Ann were very friendly and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable course!" Anon

"Extremely relevant and well presented." Anon

"The day went so fast. I could listen to Ann and Hilary for a week." Anon

"Both presenters were very knowledgeable in the area of assessments and I am pleased that attended this training. It has helped me to understand it better especially the changes in politics and education." Anon

"Great event; very productive and informative. Well worth attending." Anon

Hilary Read & me with our book

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