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    FAB 2017 Conference, Awards and Exhibition

    The only two day event aimed at awarding organisation professionals.

    More informed, better connected.



Day 1 - 19 October 2017 




Stephen Wright, Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies


Keynote speakers and discussion session

Reform of the qualifications landscape: The Regulator’s Perspective
Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual

Rising to the challenges and opportunities as a sector
Paul Eeles, Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies

How will it work with T Levels & apprenticeships?
David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Funding and End Point Assessment update
Nick Linford, Director of LSECT and Editor of FE Week

New world, new rules. Collaborating to achieve high quality end point assessments and the best outcomes for apprentices.
Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, AELP

Panel session facilitated by Nick Linford with Paul Eeles, David Hughes and Simon Ashworth


Lunch and exhibition


Day 1 Seminars

The apprenticeship service: the end-point assessment digital journey
Richard Mole, Senior Manager - Technical and Professional Education and Janet Ryland,Head of Technical Education (Funding and Programmes: apprenticeships and adults)

Ofqual and the changing apprenticeship landscape
Bryan Horne, Associate Director Apprenticeship Transition Project (Standards for Vocational Qualifications), Ofqual

Apprenticeships – progress and challenges
Ailsa Harris, Head of Apprenticeship Standards, Quality and Assessment at DfE

Building a professional awarding network
Professor (Emeritus) Prue Huddleston and Trisha Fettes, Researcher, University of Warwick

An update on Qualification Wales' programme of sector reviews
Cassy Taylor, Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales

The end point assessment contract: Key issues
Selman Ansari, Partner at Bindmans


Refreshment break and exhibition


Day 1 Seminars repeated




FAB Annual General Meeting


FAB Awards and Dinner

Day 2 - 20 October 2017



Fringe sessions


Opening remarks and reflection on day 1

Paul Eeles, Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies


Keynote speakers and discussion session

From the margins to the mainstream: the changing status of further education
Stephen Exley, TES Further Education Editor

Up to the job? Using the apprenticeship levy to tackle educational opportunity
Kathleen Henehan, Research and Policy Analyst at Resolution Foundation

The first six months – progress to date
Nikki Christie, Deputy Director, Assessment and Quality at Institute for Apprenticeships


Refreshment break and exhibition


Day 2 Seminars

How Ofqual uses evidence and intelligence and what it means for you
Min Ding - Associate Director Standards for Delivery and Performance (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) - Ofqual

Words matter in qualifications development
Denise Edens, Edens Education

An update on T-Levels
Mike Davies, Deputy Director for Technical Education Reform, Department for Education

Social media and awarding bodiess
Andrew Lloyd Gordon, Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker, & Trainer

Regulation in Northern Ireland
Justin Edwards (CEO), Roger McCune (Head of Regulation) and Terri McComiskey (Education Manager) at CCEA

Opportunities for international trade
Jonathan Ledger, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Specialist at Department for International Trade

Legal update: what awarding organisations need to know
Emma Dowden-Teale, Partner and Joanna Howard, Solicitor at BWB


Lunch and exhibition


Day 2 Seminars repeated


Academic or Technical – is parity in sight?
Baroness Sue Garden of Frognal, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Higher Education and Skills


Close of Conference

Paul Eeles, Chair of Federation of Awarding Bodies


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