EDUCATION AND SKILLS CONFERENCE
29th June 2023 - St. James Park, Newcastle
Our summer conference is set to be an unmissable CPD event for anyone involved in the education and skills sector in the North East. We have key speakers from across the sector and welcome both NELP members and non-members to this conference.
KEYNOTE AND INTRODUCTION
Andrew Cumiskey, Chair and Exec Officer of the North East Learning Provider Network (NELP) will open the event with a short introduction to NELP and the event ahead. We are pleased to welcome Simon Ashworth as our keynote speaker who will also provide delegates with an update from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Director of Policy, AELP
Simon is currently the Director of Policy for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and is responsible for developing and implementing AELP’s policy approach including responding and influencing stakeholder policy and ensuring it is in line with the Board’s short and long-term objectives. Simon joined AELP in January 2017 and has worked in the further education and skills sector for over twenty years in a range of strategic and operational roles with different training providers and employers.
Chair and Executive Officer, NELP
Andrew is the main point of contact for existing and new members. He represents NELP members in several forums including the North East Skills Advisory Panel. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in leading workplace training and L&D functions. He owns north east based ATC Training, an independent training provider, and is also Trustee/Non-Executive Director for an awarding organisation and local charity.
WORKSHOP 1 - ASK THE INSPECTOR (OFSTED)
An opportunity for you to ask about inspection and the broader work of Ofsted. This might include questions about:
Any aspects of the education inspection framework
Inspection practice, including deep dives
Features of good and outstanding practice
Inspecting new providers
Ofsted’s research and evaluation work
Ofsted survey visits
The speakers will try to answer all of your questions and if there any that we can’t immediately answer, they will respond after the event. You can submit questions in advance here.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Senior His Majesty's Inspector, Ofsted
Steve Hailstone joined Ofsted in 2013, and has been Senior His Majesty's Inspector (SHMI) in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region for the last six years. He is a qualified teacher and has a master's degree in education. Prior to working for Ofsted, Steve gained extensive experience of leading and managing in the further education and skills sector as a senior manager in a college and as principal of a large community learning and skills provider. He has also taught in schools and colleges. His areas of specific expertise include adult learning, initial teacher education, modern foreign languages, and leadership and management.
His Majesty's Inspector, Ofsted
Glenise Burrell is one of His Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region. She joined Ofsted in 2021. Glenise has 25 years of experience in the further education and skills sector, including senior leadership roles across a wide range of curriculum areas in further education colleges and independent learning providers. Her management experience includes oversight of apprenticeship provision up to and including level 7. Glenise holds an executive MBA degree. She has specific expertise in improving the quality of delivery and performance, curriculum planning, and organisational management, change and growth.
WORKSHOP 2 - BRIEFING ON THE REGIONAL THREAT AND OFSTED RELATED PREVENT THEMES (DfE)
Chris Sybenga, Regional Prevent Co-ordinator for the North East will update delegates on the regional terrorist threat picture and prevent themes linked to Ofsted inspection reports. The aims of the Seminar are to provide a brief reminder of Prevent, to provide an understanding of the Terrorist Threat facing the United Kingdom, and to explore recent OFSTED inspection themes related to the Prevent Duty.
MEET THE SPEAKER
Regional Prevent Co-ordinator – North East, DfE
Christopher is an experienced leader with accomplished decision-making skills honed throughout a 30-year career as a detective within law enforcement. Christopher retired from Northumbria Police as Head of Special Branch gaining experience in all aspects of the government’s CONTEST strategy and in particular Prevent. Christopher holds a qualifying law degree from the University of Northumbria and is a member of the National Counter Terrorism Advisory Group. In addition he volunteers within the community serving as a magistrate.
WORKSHOP 3 - QUALIFICATION REFORM AND THE FUTURE OF OCCUPATIONAL MAPS (IfATE)
There will be significant changes ahead for Level 2 and 3 qualifications, including how they are funded. Hear from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education directly about how this may affect you in the future. Learn how to use Occupational Maps to inform your understanding of the technical education landscape in England.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Senior Project and Qualifications Manager, IfATE
Alice is a Senior Project and Qualifications Manager in the Post 16 team at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. The work of the Post 16 team involves working closely with Awarding Organisations who are submitting technical qualifications at levels 2 and 3 in line with technical education reforms. Prior to working at IfATE Alice spent 11 years working in education, initially in Sixth Form Colleges before making the move to FE where she moved up to management and leadership roles. Alice has extensive experience of curriculum design and planning, as well as recent experience of implementing the reforms process through leading on the introduction of T levels. Alice leads on both the Digital, and Creative and Design Pathways for the Post 16 team. Alice holds a PGCE and MSc and is a certified Scrum Master. She is currently completing her qualification in Assessment.
Head of the Occupational Maps and Progression Policy, IfATE
Hannah is Head of the Occupational Maps and Progression Policy at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Predominantly leading on the development of the Occupational Maps and Occupation Progression Policy. Hannah has been working within training and skills for the last 13 years in the secondary, FE and HE sectors. Originally starting her career as a teacher, Hannah moved onto management and leadership roles where she has been responsible for curriculum design and education led products and services within post 16 learning. Hannah has also had leadership responsibility for digital developments from online learning solutions to digital products and services. Hannah is PGCE, Agile and PRINCE2 qualified and is currently completing her MSc in Strategic Leadership and Apprenticeship in Senior Leadership.
WORKSHOP 4 - UNDERSTANDING THE LOCAL SKILLS IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Understand the areas of focus emerging from both LSIPs in our region and the opportunity for the development of provision to meet the future skills needs. Hear from the North East Automotive Alliance who are leading the North East LSIP (which covers Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and County Durham), and the North East Chamber of Commerce, about the LSIP for North of Tyne and Tees Valley.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Assistant Director Policy, North East Chamber of Commerce
Speaker information coming soon.
Skills Project Manager, North East Automotive Alliance
Mark joined the NEAA in November 2022 and manages the North East LSIP. Mark has over 10 years of experience in the skills and education sector, including over six years at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and has built a wealth of experience working with the region’s SME community after starting his business support career at Business Link in 2009. Prior to joining the NEAA, Mark worked at Business Durham where he managed an ERDF innovation programme whilst supporting the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence where he helped to develop the thriving North East space sector.
WORKSHOP 5 - ENGAGING THE FUTURE WORKFORCE WITH EFFECTIVE CEIAG
In this workshop Helen will be presenting about the fantastic opportunities for NELP members to showcase their own business as employers, highlighting their training offers, industries, career paths and employer relationships through hosting their own branded placements. Discussion will take place around the recently launched Work Experience for All Campaign to understand how through your work we can support more young people to access high quality opportunities.
Gurpreet will be joining Helen to share how Speakers for Schools uses a joined up approach between young people, educators and employees across the North East.
Note - A slight change to the advertised slot as Guy Saxton from ASK Apprenticeships is unable to join us today.
Education Relationship Manager – North East
Gurpreet has worked for Speakers for Schools since 2022. In her role as a Education Relationship Manager Gurpreet works with careers lead and curriculum leads in schools and colleges across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region. Her responsibility is to connect with educators and build a meaningful relationship to both understand their needs and to engage them in using the services provided by Speakers For Schools to improve social mobility for young people across the region.
Regional Engagement Manager
As Regional Engagement Manager for Speakers for Schools, Helen delivers on employer engagement in the North East, Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire regions. Developing relationships with businesses and providers seeking to connect with young people and educators to offer their voice through virtual and face to face, discovery workshops, insight days and work experience placements direct.
WORKSHOP 6 - NEURODIVERSITY
This session focuses on Neurodiversity - reasonable adjustments and support for the diagnosed and undiagnosed learner
Stephanie is a dedicated nurse and passionate advocate for empowering young people with disabilities. With a background in paediatric nursing, she recognized the importance of work experience in the NHS for individuals with disabilities. In 2010, Stephanie took a bold step and spearheaded the creation of the national supported internship program, Project Choice, enabling young people with disabilities to access valuable work experience opportunities within the NHS.
Driven by her commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities, Stephanie transitioned to the charity sector, co-directing Gateshead Community Organisation. Under joint leadership, the organization has flourished, establishing two successful cafes and providing comprehensive training and support to individuals of all ages who are neurodiverse, enabling many to transition into employment.
Stephanie has also collaborated worked with partners to develop a supported apprenticeship programme in the NHS
St. James Park, Newcastle. (Moncur Suite)
Food and Refreshments
Lunch and refreshments are included in your ticket price. Please state any dietary requirements on the booking form.
Delegates can arrive from 0900 for networking ahead of a 0930 start.
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