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Spring Data Conference - 29/03/19 - Birmingham

Nick Linford

Friday, 29 March 2019 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

Spring Data Conference - 29/03/19 - Birmingham

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General Admission   more info 29 Mar 2019 £295.00 £0.00 £59.00

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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. Running now for nine years, it has established itself as the 'must attend' event for ILR specialists from colleges, training providers, local authorities, HEIs and employer providers.

This high profile conference will provide a vital opportunity to hear updates and best practice from the ESFA and sector experts, as well as share experiences and meet other colleagues working with data in colleges and training providers.

The conference is relevant to 16-18 study programmes, AEB and apprenticeships and includes speakers from the ESFA. So this conference will be of benefit to all 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 2019/20 (Study Programmes, AEB and Apprenticeships)
Nick Linford

11.00 Changes to the ILR for 2019/20 and best practice for completion
Mark Shield, Data Specification Manager, ESFA

11.50 Break for coffee and networking

12.10 Update on ILR systems developments (FIS/AS/Hub/replacing Birst Reports)
Ian Tress, Data collection transformation product owner and Lynne Burdon, Product Owner – Data collections, ESFA

13.00 Break for lunch and networking

13.50 Qualification and Achievement Rate business cycle, changes and tools
Nick Ayton, Head of 19+ Formula and Data, ESFA

14.30  Minimum standards and changes from 2020 onwards
Karen Murray, Head of Central Intervention Team and Thomas Reed, Senior Manager Central Intervention Team, both ESFA

15.15 Update on ILR audit tools and future of PDSATs
Karl Bentley, funding auditor, RSM and Q&A with Phil Coates and Sangeeta Slawson from the ESFA 

16.00 Spring data conference end

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 up to 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.

Of benefit to MIS and funding/finance and other senior staff, such as from:
- Sixth form colleges and general FE colleges
- Independent learning providers (delivering apprenticeships and other 16-18 and 19+ provision)
- Local authorities, universities and employer providers funded by the ESFA
- Staff from other organisations with an interest in FE funding and the ILR

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International Convention Centre (ICC)
Broad St
B1 2EA Birmingham
United Kingdom

Friday, 29 March 2019 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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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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