UKFEchat Conference 2019

Hosted by The Manchester College, the UKFEchat Conference 2019 is for people who are interested in all aspects of education with a particular focus on the FE sector, including colleges, work-based and adult education.

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The day will include pedagogical discussion and workshops, as well as debate on bigger themes in FE. There'll also be opportunity for attendees to get involved as much or as little as they fancy. The event is all about sharing, support and collaboration.

Above all else, the day will help provide new ideas to consider as well as practical tools to use wherever you work, whether you're a sector leader, an experienced teacher or brand new to the profession. 

Meet like-minded people, get a motivational power-up and have a brilliant day of FE.

Exciting speakers will share ideas, expertise, and experience on the following themes:  

            •           Pedagogy and research

            •           Behaviour and attitude

            •           Personal development

            •           Maths

            •           English

Speakers include: 

Paul Joyce - Head of FE and Skills, Ofsted

Professor Stephen Whittle -  Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University

Stephen Exley -  FE Editor, TES 

Julia Smith - Teacher trainer & maths author for AOC, CUP, BBC Bitesize, AQA & Collins 

Sarah Ledger - Teacher, writer, columnist

David Hughes - CEO,  Association of Colleges

Lou Mycroft - Nomadic thinker, educator, writer

Tom Starkey - Teacher in FE-based Alternative Provision. TES and Teach Secondary columnist

Tony Payne - Head of Learner Voice Network Customer Partner (FE) Totum

Bob Harrison - Chair of Northern College, former teacher and FE college principal, leading technology expert

Amanda Kelly -  Maths & English Industry Manager, City & Guilds

Liz Leek - Vice Principal of Curriuculm, Barnsley College Group

Dr Peter Shukie - Education Studies Lecturer, University Centre, Blackburn College 

Scott Hayden - Digital Innovation Specialist, National Advisor to EDTech UK, lecturer at Basingstoke College of Technology

Sam Jones - ITE lecturer in FE, Founder of #FEResearchMeet, BERA Post-Comp & Lifelong Learning and LSRN convenor

Sarah Simons - Teacher in FE colleges and in the community, TES columnist, director UKFEchat

Lindsey Johnson - Vice Principal Curriculum & Support, The Manchester College

More speakers will be added soon.

Tickets: £20

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The Manchester College's St. John’s Centre is in Manchester city centre with great access to local, national, and international transport links.

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I need a hotel. Where should I stay?

There are excellent places to stay in Manchester to suit all budgets, with Travelodge, Premier Inn and Marriot hotels all within a short five minute walk.

Is lunch provided?

The Manchester College canteen will be open with a choice of set lunches included in the price of your ticket.

What is the refund policy?

We're not able to offer refunds, but we are happy for you to pass your ticket to a colleague. If you would like to transfer your ticket, please contact us to confirm the name of the person that will be attending in your place.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Drop Sarah an email on or on Twitter @MrsSarahSimons

Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.



St. John’s Centre
2 New Quay Street
M3 3BE

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