Tuesday, 7 October 2014

FW: Conference on community and lifelong learning in England - quality, participation and external investment - with BIS, Ofsted and NIACE: Westminster Employment Forum, Morning, Tuesday, 14th October 2014

 

Next steps for community and lifelong learning in England - improving quality, widening participation and generating external investment

 

with

Liz Lawson, Community Learning Team, Pre-Employment and Basic Skills Division, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Gillian Reay HMI, Senior HMI, North-East and the Humber and National Lead, Community Learning and Skills, Ofsted; Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning; Nicholas Fox, Director, Individual Learning Company and Dr Cheryl Turner, Senior Research Fellow, NIACE

and

Mike Attwell, Workers’ Educational Association; Neil Coker, Solihull College; Mike Ellicock, National Numeracy; Paul Essery, Liquid Networks; Jan Hughes, Canterbury College; Judith McManus, Aspire Sussex; Tom Molloy, Luton Adult & Community Learning; Dr Toni Sant, Wikimedia UK; Alison Wheeler, Society of Chief Librarians and Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial and Provident Society and Tom Wilson, Unionlearn

 

Chaired by:

 Baroness Brinton, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Rt Hon the Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

 

Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Venue: Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

This event is CPD certified

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Dear Mr Andrew

 

I hope you won’t mind this final reminder about the above seminar, taking place in Central London on 14th October 2014, but you don’t currently appear to be represented, and I do believe the issues being discussed will be of interest. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

The focus:

The future direction of community and lifelong learning policy in England - at a time of considerable change for the way the sector is organised and funded, and as the main parties finalise their policies ahead of the 2015 General Election.

 

To note:

  • Includes key addresses from: Liz Lawson, Community Learning Team, Pre-Employment and Basic Skills Division, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Gillian Reay HMI, Senior HMI, North-East and the Humber and National Lead, Community Learning and Skills, Ofsted; Dr Cheryl Turner, Senior Research Fellow, NIACE; Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning; and Nicholas Fox, Director, Individual Learning Company; and
  • Chaired by Rt Hon the Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top and Baroness Brinton, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.

 

Context:

  • Informed by lessons from the Community Learning Trust Pilots that are being be taken forward by all community learning providers.

 

Key discussion points:

  • Developing local partnerships - further steps that can be taken to help community learning providers form networks and involve the community in the planning process;
  • Securing external investment - including best practice, utilising grants from Government and other organisations, such as the Big Lottery Fund and developing Pound Plus strategies;
  • Enhancing quality and accountability for providers - the Ofsted inspection framework for community learning providers and the challenges for raising standards; 
  • Increasing participation in community learning - including engaging adults from disadvantaged communities; and
  • Career progression and skills - helping more adult learners develop the skills they need to move on to employment, volunteering or further learning - particularly in light of the recent drop in mature learners entering Higher Education.

 

Further confirmed speakers:

Mike Attwell, Education Director and lead Director for East and West Midlands, Workers’ Educational Association; Neil Coker, Senior Director, Access, Solihull College; Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy; Paul Essery, Chief Executive, Liquid Networks; Jan Hughes, CTR Business Training Centre Manager, Canterbury College; Judith McManus, Head of Operations, Aspire Sussex; Tom Molloy, Service Manager, Luton Adult & Community Learning; Dr Toni Sant, Education Advisor, Wikimedia UK; Alison Wheeler, Executive Member, Society of Chief Librarians and General Manager, Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial and Provident Society and Tom Wilson, Director, Unionlearn.

 

Chairs: Baroness Brinton, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Rt Hon the Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top.

 

Networking:

Due to attend are representatives from Birkbeck, University of London; British Horseracing Authority; Buckinghamshire County Council; Campaign for Learning; Canterbury Christ Church University; Canterbury College; City Lit; City of Bath College; Design Museum; Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council; Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College; Educational Centres Association; Hackney Council; Hampshire County Council; Heritage Lottery Fund; Hertfordshire County Council; Highbury College, Hampshire; Institute of Education, University of London; Islington Council; Ken Chad Consulting; Kirklees College, West Yorkshire; Learning Curve Group; London Borough of Hounslow; London Probation Trust; Marine Society & Sea Cadets; Morley College, London; National Numeracy; Nottinghamshire County Council; Open Awards; Oxford Brookes University; Peninsula Community Learning Trust; Porchlight; Regent’s University London; Solihull College; Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council; South Thames College, London; St. Catherine’s School, London; Staffordshire County Council; Suffolk Libraries; The Learning Centre Bexley; The University of The Third Age; Tinder Foundation; Tower Hamlets Council; Trafford College, Cheshire; Tri-Borough Libraries and Arts Service; University of Kent; University of Sheffield and Wandsworth Council.

 

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from First News National Newspaper for Young People.

 

Agenda:

See below my signature, or click here any time to download the latest version.

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  • Places at Next steps for community and lifelong learning in England - improving quality, widening participation and generating external investment (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

Can’t attend?

  • Full transcript available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

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I hope that you will be able to take part in what promises to be a most useful morning.

 

Kind regards,

Sean Cudmore

 

Sean Cudmore
Deputy Editor, Westminster Employment Forum

 

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Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar

Next steps for community and lifelong learning in England - improving quality, widening participation

and generating external investment

Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Venue: Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

 

Draft agenda subject to change                                                                                                                                       

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Baroness Brinton, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

 

 

9.05 - 9.15

What was learnt from the Community Learning Trust (CLT) Pilots

Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning

 

 

9.15 - 9.25

Generating external investment - best practice in fundraising for community learning

Nicholas Fox, Director, Individual Learning Company

 

 

9.25 - 10.15

Developing community learning partnerships and securing investment

What further steps can be taken to encourage community learning providers to develop local partnerships? What have been the most effective approaches employed by community learning partnerships to engage members of the community in the development of their strategy, such as workshops and community events? In what ways have providers been successful in generating external investment - such as through fees and corporate sponsors - in addition to direct public subsidy; what can be done to raise awareness of available support, such as the Pound Plus data collection tool developed by RCU? Could more be done to support providers in taking advantage of grants provided both by Government and others such as the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund?

Neil Coker, Senior Director, Access, Solihull College

Judith McManus, Head of Operations, Aspire Sussex

Tom Molloy, Service Manager, Luton Adult & Community Learning

Dr Toni Sant, Education Advisor, Wikimedia UK

Questions and comments from the floor with Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning and Nicholas Fox, Director, Individual Learning Company

 

 

10.15 - 10.40

Regulating and raising standards in community learning

Gillian Reay HMI, Senior HMI, North-East and the Humber and National Lead, Community Learning and Skills, Ofsted

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.40 - 10.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Baroness Brinton, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

 

 

10.45 - 11.10

Coffee

 

 

11.10 - 11.15

Chair’s opening remarks

Rt Hon the Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

 

 

11.15 - 11.40

Sharing best practice and encouraging innovation

Dr Cheryl Turner, Senior Research Fellow, NIACE

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.40 - 12.30

Participation, learner satisfaction, employability skills and engaging hard to reach communities

What further steps can be taken to drive improvement in community learning? What more can be done to increase participation in community learning; how can providers be encouraged to share best practice in engaging disadvantaged and priority groups? What has been the impact of the Community Learning Innovation Fund in developing new approaches to widening participation? What further steps can be taken to help more adult learners develop the skills they need to progress into employment, volunteering or further learning; could more be done to encourage providers and local employment services to work more closely together to address local skills shortages? What more could be done to encourage greater numbers of people to volunteer to become Community Learning Champions?

Mike Attwell, Education Director and lead Director for East and West Midlands, Workers’ Educational Association

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy

Paul Essery, Chief Executive, Liquid Networks

Jan Hughes, CTR Business Training Centre Manager, Canterbury College

Alison Wheeler, Executive Member, Society of Chief Librarians and General Manager,

Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial and Provident Society

Tom Wilson, Director, Unionlearn

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.30 - 12.55

Next steps for Community Learning policy

Liz Lawson, Community Learning Team, Pre-Employment and Basic Skills Division,

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Employment Forum closing remarks

Rt Hon the Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Employment Forum

 

 

 

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