Latest speakers confirmed:
Gordon Marsden - Shadow Minister for FE / HE Lifelong Learning.
Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary NUT.
Dr Rob Smith, Principal Lecturer, PCE Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton and co-founder of the Centre for Research and Development in Lifelong Education (CRADLE).
Nick Linford, founder and interim editor of FE Week.
Anthony Johnson - student nurse, NHS Bursary Cuts Forum
Nathaniel Ghilazgi - Eritrean Community Centre
Defending Further and Adult Education: Shaping the future
SOAS, Central London Sat 5th March.
Organised by UCU, NUS, LEARNING AND WORK INSTITUTE, NATECLA and Action for ESOL
Further and Adult has a long and proud tradition in providing education for those who did not achieve what they were capable of at school and we have concrete evidence that second chance education has transformed people's lives. Why, then, is it that Further and Adult Education is under attack as never before? Three and half million people attend Further and Adult Education Colleges, including the majority of 16-18 year-olds not in work and yet the 30% cut to the Adult budget and the government’s area reviews may well lead to the end of Adult education as we know it and to a significant reduction of the 16-19 provision.
This conference has been organised for all those who want to defend and promote all that is best within Further and Adult education while at the same time effect change. There will be contributions from a range of stakeholders such as lecturers, students and educationalists, who will discuss a range of issues, through workshops and plenaries. The conference will provide a space to discuss how we can create a national Further and Adult education sector that is responsive to the needs of our communities, an alternative to the stifling market–led educational policies of successive governments.
Come to the conference and help launch the movement to defend Further and Adult education and take it forward to new chapter in its long history.
11.00: Opening Plenary: Defending Further and Adult Education: Shaping the future + Campaign video launch.
12.00-1.15: Morning workshops:
· Vocational and academic: the false divide.
· ESOL: Language for Life.
· Prevent: Demonising a community
· ALS: the role of supportive learning within further and adult education
2.00: Where is FE going? Panel discussion:
3.15: Afternoon Workshops:
· English and Numeracy: Contextualising learning the key to understanding
· The greening of the Curriculum: The need for real apprenticeships:
· Offender learning: Education at the heart of rehabilitation
· Adult Community Education: Inclusion and Equality
· Post 16 Area reviews: How do we stop the shrinkage of the sector
4.30-5.00 Final plenary: Building a movement: Organising to win.
For lunch there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area.
After the final session there will be networking opportunities in the Institute of Education bar.
Conference speakers include so far:
Gordon Marsden - Shadow Minister for FE / HE Lifelong Learning
Shakira Martin NUS Vice President
Ian Ashman Chair of AoC London Region.
Judy Kirsh Treasurer NATECLA and freelance ESOL specialist.
Jenny Roden Co-chair of NATECLA and freelance ESOL specialist.
Dr Sue Pember OBE HOLEX: Director of Policy
Graham Petersen UCU Environment Co-ordinator
Sean Vernell UCU national negotiator and GCSE English tutor
Mandy Brown UCU NEC, AfE Co-chair and Secretary London Region (FE)
Steve Boyce UCU NEC Equality & LGBT (FE) and Prisons Rep
Richard McEwan NEC and Maths Tutor
Dave Muritu UCU NEC and Vice Chair of UCU Equality Committee & Black members
Rob Goodfellow UCU Chair FEC and President Elect
David Hughes CEO Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE)
Initiated by UCU London Region