Seminars

Seminars

18 October 2018

VQ Standards - where have we been and where do we go next?

VQ Standards - where have we been and where do we go next?

Min Ding, Associate Director for Standards in Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual

In this seminar I will be taking you through work we have carried out over the last 12 months concerning delivery and performance of vocational and technical qualifications. I will also outline some of the work we will be doing going forward. As always, the focus will be on awarding organisations, qualifications and assessments, so please come along and get the latest update.

Min Ding is the Associate Director for Standards in Vocational and Technical Qualifications at Ofqual. She is responsible for ensuring standards in vocational and technical qualifications delivery, and for ensuring that supervision regimes are designed to meet strategic outcomes.

Opportunities & challenges: exporting your qualifications and assessment expertise overseas (sponsored by VTCT)

Opportunities & challenges: exporting your qualifications and assessment expertise overseas (sponsored by VTCT)

Facilitated by John Simpson, Chief Executive, RSL Awards Ltd & FAB Director

Robert I Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute, Washington DC

John Mountford, International Consultant (former international director at AoC and SEMTA)

Developing countries, emerging economies and advanced industrial nations are all investing heavily in upgrading education and workforce systems. The UK excels at education exports, and in particular, its awarding and assessment expertise is second to none. A number of Awarding Organisations already export abroad. This seminar will look at both the opportunities and challenges of working internationally and explore where some of the market opportunities are.


The developing role and impact of technology enhanced assessment within education and qualification delivery

The developing role and impact of technology enhanced assessment within education and qualification delivery

Matt Wingfield, Chairman, The eAssessment Association

The use of technology to support the delivery of assessment is far from a new concept, but despite this a number of myths and a general lack of awareness persists around the use of technology enhanced assessment within the education and qualifications market.

This session will look at existing use of e-assessment, illustrating this through examples of current practice across a range of sectors within the education market. It will also look at emerging areas of innovation, where technology is being explored as a way of tackling specific challenges around assessment delivery within apprenticeships, digital credentialing and awarding in general.

With over twenty-seven years’ experience within education as a teacher, working in a variety of roles for technology providers and as an edtech consultant, Matt has built-up significant understanding of the issues relating to the use of technology enhanced assessment. For the last six years Matt has been chairman of the eAssessment Association, whose remit is to support and inform the use of e-assessment to support and enrich learning.


End-point assessment: Developments in the register and marketplace

End-point assessment: Developments in the register and marketplace

Richard Mole, Senior Manager – Apprentice Assessment, Education and Skills Funding Agency

An update on the register of end-point assessment organisations, upcoming developments to the application process for both organisations applying for the first time and those seeking to extend or update their register listing. The seminar will also update on activity to integrate end-point assessment into the apprenticeship service and provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the current trends in and their experiences of delivering end-point assessment.

During 14 years with the Education and Skills Funding Agency and its predecessors, Richard has been involved in contract management, procurement, programme design and change management. He is currently leading the Agency’s work on the Register of End-point Assessment Organisations.

The digital entitlement (title to be confirmed)

Jay Hunt, Department for Education


To be confirmed

 

19 October 2018

Next Steps with T Level Implementation

Next Steps with T Level Implementation

Michael Davies, Deputy Director for T Level Development, Department for Education

The Invitation to Tender for the first 3 T Levels has now gone live. The workshop will set out where the Government made changes in response to feedback, and what the timetable looks like through to implementation of the first T Levels; and seek your suggestions for how we could improve the process for wave 2 and beyond.

The T Level Development Division covers work to define the role and purpose of T Levels, the structure of the overall T Level programme and the qualification that sits within it; the development of the regulatory framework that will apply to T Levels; and preparations for the procurement of the first T Levels. The Division works hand in glove with the T Level Delivery Division.

Michael joined DfE in August 2016 to be Head of Academisation but instead found himself heading up the division with responsibility for the Schools that Work for Everyone Green Paper and preparing legislation to lift the ban on new grammar schools. Prior to joining DfE, he managed the health and education desks in EDS at the Cabinet Office and spent most of his career before that in a variety of roles in DH including private office, strategy and taking the infamous Lansley health reforms through Parliament.


Reformed apprenticeships: are they working?

Reformed apprenticeships: are they working?

Facilitated by Terry Fennell, Chief Executive, FDQ

Jayne McCann, Deputy Director, Funding Policy, Institute for Apprenticeships

Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding and FAB Director

Apprenticeship starts are down 40 per cent since the apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017; and new employer-devised standards, replacing the old framework, are being rolled out. Meanwhile, a nascent market in end-point assessment organisations has developed. Some EPAOs are regulated and quality assured by Ofqual, others by the Institute for Apprenticeships and professional bodies; acting as EPAO Quality Assurance (EQA) bodies. The landscape is complex with different approaches to regulation, funding and quality assurance. The seminar will explore the challenges facing implementation of the reforms in England, as well as the best practice models that are being put in place. The review of funding bands being carried out by the Institute for Apprenticeships represents an opportunity to advise on the resources necessary for carrying out successful end-point assessment.


External Quality Assurance of apprenticeship end-point assessment

External Quality Assurance of apprenticeship end-point assessment

Alex Morris, Head of Quality Assurance, Institute for Apprenticeships

The new approach to External Quality Assurance (EQA) of end-point assessment provides the first time that an overarching approach has been taken to quality assurance of apprenticeship assessment. EQA has a crucial role to play in ensuring that apprentices are assessed fairly and consistently and that different end-point assessment organisations are interpreting assessment plans consistently. This session will provide an update on the development and implementation of External Quality Assurance arrangements including the Institute for Apprenticeships’ role in setting the overall framework for EQA, and approving EQA providers; and emerging findings from early EQA activity


Engaging effectively with Constituency MPs

Engaging effectively with Constituency MPs

Dan Angell, Managing Director, TFA

The seminar will focus on effective ways for awarding organisations (AOs) to engage with their local MP including: the benefits of constituency lobbying (keeping the profile of awarding sector issues high amongst MPs); encouraging constituency MPs to raise issues with Ministers and building pressure to change policy; making constituency MPs aware of the priorities of the awarding sector; and supporting and adding credibility to lobbying activity carried out by the Federation's staff. The session will also examine the important role of backbench MPs in a Hung Parliament and effective ways to make contact with constituency MPs including: developing case-making material; arranging a meeting with a constituency MP; and building awareness of the awarding sector amongst local people and media to empower them to get involved.

Dan is a leading public affairs practitioner and is chief executive of TFA. He provides senior counsel to clients in determining their political strategy and the implementation of effective communications campaigns. Dan works in a range of sectors and policy areas including housing, construction, transport, infrastructure, financial services, technology, the environment, skills and education.


Regulation update (title to be confirmed)

Phill Carr and Emma Leary, Ofqual


Regulation update (Northern Ireland)

CCEA

Please note that the agenda and timings are subject to change. 

Further seminar information will be available soon.