Seminars
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    FAB 2018 Conference, Awards and Exhibition

    Come and be a part of a world-class industry. The most important conference on the future of UK qualifications and assessment in years

    Be more informed and better connected.

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    FAB 2018 Conference, Awards and Exhibition

    Come and be a part of a world-class industry. The most important conference on the future of UK qualifications and assessment in years

    Be more informed and better connected.

DAY ONE SEMINARS - 18 October

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.


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

Dr 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.


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.


An introduction to Transfer Conditions: what, when, how and why

An introduction to Transfer Conditions: what, when, how and why

Dr Rachel Heath-Davies, Head of Strategic Policy, Qualifications Wales

This session will introduce a new policy currently out for consultation on the power given to Qualifications Wales regarding a Transfer Condition.

A Transfer Condition means that an awarding body would be directed to arrange for their qualification (Approved or Designated) to be transferred to another awarding body.

We would only consider this regulatory action if it was proportionate to do so and only where the adverse effect on learners was significant.


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

 

DAY TWO SEMINARS - 19 October

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.


Reformed apprenticeships: are they working?

Reformed apprenticeships: are they working?

Facilitated by Terry Fennell, Chief Executive, FDQ & FAB Vice Chair

Claire Gill, Senior Manager, Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual

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

Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding and FAB Director

This seminar, facilitated by Terry Fennell, FAB's Vice Chair will be an opportunity to explore some of the opportunities and challenges facing implementation of the reforms in England. You will hear directly from Ofqual about their role in external quality assurance and from the Institute for Apprenticeships about their process for determining funding bands. FAB Director Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director from Innovate Awarding will also share her experience of navigating the reforms from an AO perspective.


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.


FSQs and EPAs – Ofqual’s Conditions and Technical Evaluation

FSQs and EPAs – Ofqual’s Conditions and Technical Evaluation

Emma Leary, Associate Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy, Ofqual

Phil Carr, Associate Director for Design and Development of Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual

In this session, we’ll be discussing functional skills qualifications and end-point assessments. We’ll summarise, and explain the thinking behind, the regulations we have put in place for them. We’ll also set out our approach to ‘technical evaluation’ – the process we use to consider their fitness for purpose before delivery.

Key points: for FSQs and EPAs, an understanding of the Ofqual regulations and our approach to reviewing the provision.


Improving adult basic digital skills

Improving adult basic digital skills

Jay Hunt, Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Education

To help tackle digital exclusion through skills, the Government will introduce full funding for basic digital skills courses for adults who need them from 2020. Adult will have the opportunity to undertake improved courses based on new national standards setting out the digital skills people need to get on in life and work. In this seminar, Jay Hunt will set out the Government’s plans to introduce the new entitlement to basic digital skills training and seek the views of FAB members.


An update from CCEA Regulation

An update from CCEA Regulation

Roger McCune Head of Regulation CCEA

Terri McComiskey Education Manager CCEA Regulation

‘CCEA is the regulator for all qualifications offered to Learners in Northern Ireland. This session will give an update on our regulatory activities in relation to accreditation, monitoring and statements of compliance. We will also give an update on our support activities for The Department of the Economy (DfE) in designing and implementing new traineeships and apprenticeships for Northern Ireland.’


Understanding employment status: from the “gig economy” to tax issues

Understanding employment status: from the “gig economy” to tax issues

Paul Jennings, Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Emma Dowden-Teale, Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite

From the Supreme Court to the national media, everyone is talking about employment status. Understanding the employment status of your staff – and thereby your relationship with them - is crucial, not least because it determines your legal obligations. This is a critical issue for AOs, whose diverse workforces encompass examiners, content providers and others.

In this practical seminar, we'll explore the need-to-knows for AOs, including:

* The categories of employment status and how to distinguish between them
* The different rights that apply to each category
* Understanding and maintaining the distinction
* The tax implications of employment status – IR 35