FE and skills summer conference/CPD day: Embracing Change

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St George's Conference Centre

60 Great George Street



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Ann Gravells and Hilary Read are pleased to announce their first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners, trainers, assessors and quality assurers in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. The theme is ‘embracing change’, and will include key speakers, exhibits and workshops.

Topics for discussion include: Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, Using technology, Technical qualifications, British Values, Prevent Duty, Professional Standards, The Sainsbury Report, Post 16 Skills Plan & more - and how these impact upon the role of the FE and skills practitioner.

All those attending will receive a free, signed copy of Hilary and Ann’s book: The best vocational trainer’s guide (value £35). There will also be a free raffle.

Spaces are limited - please book early. The price has been kept low to make the event accessible to all. Please e-mail ann@anngravells.com if you would rather pay via invoice or PayPal than use EventBrite.


Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • gain information regarding changes (from key speakers and as part of informal discussion groups) which are taking place in the FE and skills sector

  • put questions to a panel of friendly experts

  • take part in a workshop by Ann and Hilary regarding the issues facing you as a practitioner, and how to embrace change within your practice

  • 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, and receive a free copy of Ann and Hilary's book for vocational trainers


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, 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 & FE Careers - Developments in the FE and skills sector

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 and talk to staff

11.15 – 12.15

Key speakers:

Naomi Nicholson, Ofqual Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational Qualifications - What Ofqual is about, and recent changes and developments such as Functional Skills

David Russell, CEO The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) - Supporting practitioners with aspects such as the Professional Standards, Prevent Duty, and The Post 16 Skills Plan

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 and talk to the staff

1.45 – 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:

  • ​The changing role of the trainer/assessor in apprenticeships

  • The Sainsbury Report, the Post 16 Skills Plan and Technical qualifications

  • The RQF and possible changes to teacher training qualifications

  • Maintaining CPD for free

2.45 – 3.00

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

3.00 – 3.30

Workshop session continued

3.30 – 4.00

Summary and questions



Speakers and exhibitors

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 ann@anngravells.com. 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: http://www.stgeorgescentreleeds.org.uk/find-us/

  • 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, a pass must be obtained from the centre. All rooms in the venue are on the ground floor.

  • The centre is about 15-20 minutes walk from Leeds train station and close to bus stops. It's next to a church at the end of a no through road. It's not far from the original and beautiful St James Hospital building.

  • 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 ann@anngravells.com or enquiries@readonpublications.co.uk

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.

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