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Spring Data Conference - 24/04/18 - London

Nick Linford

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Spring Data Conference - 24/04/18 - London

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General Admission   more info 24 Apr 2018 £295.00 £0.00 £59.00

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The Lsect Spring Data Conference has been running for 8 years, and in 2018 it will take place in the beautiful etc venues Bishopgate conference venue next to Liverpool Street station in London.

The Spring Data Conference typically brings together more than 300 ILR funding and data specialists to discuss funding, data quality, and the use of data to run efficient organisations and raise education standards. Data quality is becoming increasingly important for colleges, training providers, commissioning agencies, auditors and Ofsted. This means data needs to be accurate, complete, timely, valid, credible, reliable, consistent and relevant. These high profile conferences provide a vital opportunity to hear good practice and updates from the experts, as well as share experiences and meet other colleagues working with data in colleges and training providers.

Note: this conference will be of benefit to all colleges and training providers returning a single ILR.


10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome and introductions
Nick Linford, author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeship

10.35 Key funding rules and rates update for 2018/19 (Study Programmes, AEB and Apprenticeships)
Nick Linford

11.40 Break for coffee and networking

12.00 Changes to the ILR for 2018/19 and best practice for completion
Mark Shield, Data Specification Manager, ESFA

13.00 Break for lunch and networking

13.50 Reforms to the Funding Information System (FIS) and the Hub
Ian Tress and Bernie O’Donnell, Data Collections Transformation Product Owner at the ESFA

14.30 Apprenticeship service upgrades and use of data
Gary Tucker, service manager on the digital apprenticeship service, ESFA

15.30 Funding and monitoring reports - areas being monitored in 2017/18 and tips to resolve
Karl Bentley, senior ILR funding auditor, RSM

16.00 Spring data conference end

* subject to change

MIS and funding/finance and other senior staff with an interest in FE data and funding, such as from:

- Sixth form colleges and general FE colleges
- Independent learning providers (delivering apprenticeships and other 16-18 and 19+ provision)
- Local authorities and universities funded by the ESFA
- Staff from other organisations with an interest in FE funding and data

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £295+ VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation), and bookings can be cancelled online a week in advance at no cost.

FE Week gold members will receive £50 off the cost of this event (gold membership must be in the delegates name). Find out more about FE Week gold membership here.

Do you have questions about Spring Data Conference - 24/04/18 - London? Contact Nick Linford

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155 Bishopsgate
Liverpool St
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Nick Linford

Nick Linford is an expert in further education funding and performance systems and a company director of Lsect Ltd.

He runs a series of popular workshops, conferences and webinars about funding and data, which have been attended by more than 15,000 people in the last six years.

Nick is also author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships (, two books about funding and data published by Pearson and the founding editor for Lsect’s weekly newspapers: FE Week ( and Schools Week (

Prior to setting-up Lsect in 2010 Nick established an education think tank at the publishers Pearson, and before that was for seven years Director of Planning and Performance at the Lewisham College, during which time they achieved an Ofsted 'outstanding' grade.

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