Reimagining further education

Reimagining Further Education
Date and time
29 Jun 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD United Kingdom

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Reimagining Further Education

Reimagining Further Education is a one-day conference on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 9:30am-4pm at Birmingham City University.


On 29 June 2016, Birmingham City University’s Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) will host a one-day conference entitled ‘Reimagining Further Education’ at its City Centre Campus (Curzon Building), located in the centre of Birmingham.

Reimagining FE Conference Programme

The conference will bring together practitioners, researchers and key figures in the field of Further Education (FE) and will cover a range of themes from apprenticeships and work-based learning to accountability and governance in FE.

In keeping with the event’s title, 'Reimagining Further Education', the conference format is designed to maximise opportunities for collaboration and interaction amongst all those present.

Instead of the conventional ‘stand and deliver’ format of many conferences, 'Reimagining Further Education' will be organised as group conversations framed and facilitated by a discussant and chair for each of the 6 thematic strands included. By exploring positive, imaginative and creative ways forward that enhance agency, workforce development and the professional ethos of all FE practitioners, this conference aims to put the ‘confer’ back into conference!

There will be a natural link between morning and afternoon sessions (strand conversations 1 and 2), with the focus in the morning being on the ‘where we are now’ and the current issues facing the sector and the afternoon on the ‘where do we want to be’ and the pre-conditions that would facilitate this. We are therefore recommending that delegates choose their preferred strand and remain in this strand throughout the day.


Tickets are available at a cost of £50, which includes entry to the full programme, a conference pack, lunch and refreshments. Spaces are limited so tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate this is likely to be a popular event so you are advised to book early to avoid missing out on a place.

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Please join the conversation about this conference by following the hashtag #ReimagineFE 

Keynote speakers

David Russell David Russell, CEO of the Education & Training Foundation

David joined the Education and Training Foundation as CEO in January 2014.  He has grown the Foundation from a fledgling organisation to one delivering effective support programmes for leaders, teachers and others across the education and training system.

David has a wide range of policy and programme management experience on national education and skills policy in England, including the Academies Programme and the Adult Skills Strategy.  Until 2013 David was Director of ‘Closing the Gap’ in the Department for Education, responsible for FE and Vocational Education Reform, Apprenticeships 16-18, and a range of schools policies including the Pupil Premium and pupil behaviour. Prior to joining the civil service David was a teacher.

Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE, Principal of City and Islington College & Chair of CAVTL Frank McLoughlin

Frank McLoughlin is the Principal of City and Islington College. The College is graded outstanding by Ofsted and was the first College to be twice awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize, for Further and Higher Education. Frank is a founding member and ex-Chair of the influential 157 Group. He is a member of the London Councils Young People’s Education and Skills Board and the London First Employment and Skills Steering Group.

Frank was appointed by the Minister for FE and Skills to Chair the Independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL). The Commission report “It’s about work” was published in March 2013.

Frank is an honorary fellow of City University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Frank was awarded a CBE in 2009 and a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.

Paul Hager Professor Paul Hager, University of Technology Sydney

Paul Hager is Emeritus Professor of Education at University of Technology, Sydney. A major outcome of his work with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) teachers in many and diverse occupational fields was the conviction that holistic seamless know how is the common feature of highly skilled performances of all kinds. This sparked an ongoing research interest in such topics as informal workplace learning, professional practice (‘professional’ in its broadest sense), the nature of skills and competence, and group practice.

In 2013 Educational Philosophy and Theory published a special issue celebrating his work. He is currently writing a book with David Beckett and Jeanette Lancaster, to be published by Springer, provisionally titled The Emergence of Complexity: New Perspectives on Practice, Agency and Expertise.

Conference sponsors

ATL the education unionUniversity and College Union logoThe Education and Training Foundation

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