Summer Conference/CPD day

This event has now taken place. You can access a summary and see photos and feedback by clicking here. 

in 2017, myself and Hilary Read facilitated several CPD events around the country which proved very successful.

This year, we are pleased to announce our first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners: teachers, trainers, lecturers, assessors and quality assurers in the further education (FE) and training sector.

The atmosphere will be informal and friendly, however, places are limited due to the size of the venue. The theme is ‘keeping up to date and embracing change’, and will include key speakers, workshops and exhibitors.

Friday 9th June 2017 9.30 - 4.00 Leeds city centre #2017SC

£125 including lunch, refreshments, wifi and lots of freebies

The price has been kept low to make the event accessible to all


Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • gain information regarding changes which are taking place in the FE and skills sector (see programme below)
  • put questions to a panel of friendly experts
  • take part in a workshop with Ann and Hilary 
  • network with others and meet like minded people
  • talk to staff from various exhibitors e.g. text book publishers, awarding organisations and professional associations
  • drink as many soft drinks (hot and cold) as you wish, eat lots of biscuits, sweets and fruit (if you have the urge), have a nice buffet lunch (veggie option included) and have wifi access - all included in the price
  • purchase signed text books by Ann and Hilary at a discounted price
  • gain a free copy of Ann and Hilary's book for vocational trainers
  • take part in the free text book raffle

Topics for discussion include: Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, Using technology, Technical qualifications, British Values, Prevent Duty, Professional Standards, The Sainsbury Report, Post 16 Skills Plan, Technical qualifications, the RQF and more. It's everything you need to know to keep up to date and to embrace the changes which keep happening in the sector.


9.30 – 10.00 am

Arrival and refreshments

Look at the exhibitors’ stands and talk to staff: The Society for Education and Training (SET), SAGE Publishing, Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) awarding organisation, FE News & FE Careers, Smart Assessor

Networking time

10.00 – 11.00

Welcome and introductions

Key speakers:

Gavin O'Meara, FE News - Developments in the FE and skills sector and how to keep up to date

Jonathan White, author of Digital Literacy Skills, and librarian at the University of Derby -  Using free/low cost technologies in teaching and learning, and embracing the principles of digital literacy 

11.00 – 11.15

Refreshment break, networking time and a chance to look at the exhibitors’ stands

11.15 – 12.15

Key speakers:

Hilary Read The Post 16 Skills Plan and Technical Qualifications (The Ofqual speaker had to withdraw due to the election)

David Russell, CEO The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) - Supporting practitioners and the needs of FE

12.15 - 12.45

Questions to the panel of speakers, plus Ann and Hilary (these can be e-mailed in advance if you wish)

12.45 – 1.45

Light buffet lunch (included in the price, veggie option available)

Networking time and a chance to look at the exhibitors’ stands 

1.45 – 2.00

Free text book raffle

2.00 - 2.45  

Workshop session with Ann Gravells and Hilary Read

What are the issues facing you as a practitioner? How to embrace change within your practice regarding your issues and the following topics:

A The Post 16 Skills Plan & Technical qualifications

B The RQF and possible changes to teacher training qualifications

C The changing role of the assessor/coach in apprenticeships

D Maintaining CPD for free including the use of technology 

2.45 – 3.00

Refreshment break, networking time and a chance to look at the exhibitors’ stands

3.00 – 3.30

Workshop session continued

3.30 - 4.00

Summary and questions



Please note:

  • If, for any reason, you cannot attend the conference after making your booking, we will be happy for you to transfer your ticket to someone else. Unfortunately, refunds are not offered.
  • If you wish to pay via invoice rather than EventBrite - please e-mail Invoices can be paid by cheque, BACS transfer or PayPal but must be paid prior to the event, and within 14 days of issue (whichever is the soonest).
  • Ann Gravells Ltd is not registered for VAT, therefore the ticket price is exempt.
  • Directions and a map can be found via this webpage:
  • Parking is available close by at many of the Leeds city centre car parks, for example, the Merrion Centre,The Light, and St John's. Disabled parking is at the front of the centre. All rooms are on the ground floor.
  • The centre is about 10-15 minutes walk from Leeds train station and close to bus stops.
  • A veggie option will automatically be included as part of the buffet, however, please e-mail us if you have a particular dietary requirement.
  • There are many hotels in Leeds city centre if you wish to stay over.
  • Any questions? Please e-mail or 

The programme is subject to change and all times are approximate. Photos will be taken during the event, used on social media and to promote future events. If you do not wish to be included, please let Ann or Hilary know. 

Speakers and exhibitors include:

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