Following the move to linear A Levels this joint AoC and ETF conference will focus on successful teaching and learning at A Level. This practical one day event will give you the opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers and practitioners who will present strategies and techniques that you can take back to your college to improve the teaching, learning and assessment on A Level programmes.

The conference will explore a range of topics including:

  • What the evidence shows about the impact of linear A Levels on achievement
  • How to make a success of A Levels and technical/vocational subjects side-by-side
  • How to promote independent learning and deeper thinking and how to embed literacy and language development successfully in A Level teaching
  • The best approaches to assessment for learning
  • How to plan a sustainable and viable A Level offer

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Date

12-02-2019

Venue

etc.venues Maple House
150 Corporation Street
Birmingham
B4 6TB

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £149 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.

Free cancellation before Saturday 12 January.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

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Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2626

AoC / ETF A Levels Conference
Find out more about how to make a success of linear A Levels

The shift from modular to linear requires a significant change in the way A Levels are planned and taught. The introduction of linear A levels has required colleges to rethink the delivery and organisation of their A level programmes. End-of-course assessment means that content and skills can be viewed more holistically, linked and revisited throughout the course. It also means that the stakes and potential risks of terminal exams are higher.

Linear A Levels should provide the opportunity to help students build their understanding and skills more progressively throughout their course by making new connections and practising the application of their knowledge in different contexts. They should also allow students to explore aspects of their subject which particularly interest them in more depth.

This one-day conference will focus on what successful teaching and learning at A Level looks like and what to consider when planning your A Level offer. We will hear from college managers and teaching and learning experts who will present strategies and techniques that you can take back to your college to improve the teaching, learning and assessment on A Level programmes.

Attending the conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to consider:

  • how to promote confidence, independent learning and deeper thinking and embed language development successfully in A Level teaching
  • how to help students navigate their way through an A Level programme
  • how to make the most of the opportunity for flexibility which a linear approach provides, including adapting the approach to teaching over the period of the course
  • How to help student and staff overcome their concerns about high-stakes end-of-course assessment by integrating assessment into course delivery
  • how to plan and organise and embed formative assessment throughout the course as well as more summatively; using mock exams and working on revision skills
  • how to offer A Levels and vocational courses successfully side-by-side
  • how to plan a sustainable and viable A Level offer

The conference should be of interest to anyone involved in leading or managing an A Level programme. It promises to be lively and stimulating with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing of good practice. We look forward to seeing you there!

Eddie Playfair – Senior Policy Manager, Association of College (AoC)

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Speakers

Eddie Playfair

Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges

Eddie is a Senior Policy Manager at the AoC leading on general and applied qualifications and was previously a college principal for 16 years. He trained as a science teacher and has taught in secondary schools and colleges

Eddie Playfair blog – AoC ETF A Levels Conference

Harriet Harper

Educationalist

Harriet has held a variety of teaching and management roles in further and higher education. As one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for 10 years, she specialised in Further Education and teacher training. Now freelance, she combines a number of professional activities: critical friend, teacher, advisor, researcher and external examiner. Her research interests focus on teaching excellence, and her book on outstanding teaching in the lifelong learning sector, based on inspection evidence, is widely used to inform continuing professional development in the FE sector.

Mark Henderson

Deputy Principal, Queen Mary’s College

Mark is currently the Deputy Principal of Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke. For the past 20 years he has worked in a variety of sixth form colleges, some city-based with challenging cohorts and others in leafier suburbs. The one thing he has learnt is that high quality, low stakes assessment and feedback leads to fantastic achievement rates regardless of individual starting points. In his 20 minute session he will share with you some of the strategies that they have implemented to try and ensure that assessment and feedback remain at the forefront of their planning.

Stacey Adams

Head of College, DCG - Derby College

Stacey has worked in the Further Education sector for 13 years and has been the Head of the College (The Joseph Wright Centre) since 2016.  She leads the academies of Academic Studies, Creative Industries, Digital and Business with nearly 2000 students under the leadership and management of her team.  They have implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years that have successfully secured improvements to their A level outcomes on all measures.

Alongside her leadership role, she has taught A level Psychology for 13 years and has been an examiner for the board.  In addition to her work at the college, Stacey is also a Chartered Psychologist and recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a distinction in her MA in Educational Management and Leadership.

Much of the research Stacey has conducted on her Masters has focused on how to improve social mobility chances for students which we are putting in to use at the college, the findings of which, she often delivers at leadership conferences.

Steve Pegg

Deputy Chief Executive, Alps

Prior to joining Alps in 2011, Steve worked in schools, GFE and sixth form colleges throughout a long and varied career, latterly as principal for nine years. Due to his background in schools, Steve provides strategic direction to the company, helping drive our mission to empower staff as they support the progress of their students

Tom Edwards

Director of CPD and Curriculum at Christ the King Sixth Form

Tom’s background is in teaching primarily A Level English courses in sixth form colleges. Tom has an interest in raising attainment across all subjects through focusing on enhancing literacy skills. He was involved in developing and implementing the new Academic English strategy at Christ the King. As Director of CPD, he is passionate about strengthening teaching, learning and assessment across the institution. Tom enjoys working with experienced practitioners and those new to the profession and he’s delighted to speak at the conference.

Eddie Playfair

Eddie is a Senior Policy Manager at the AoC leading on general and applied qualifications and was previously a college principal for 16 years. He trained as a science teacher and has taught in secondary schools and colleges

Eddie Playfair blog – AoC ETF A Levels Conference

Harriet Harper

Harriet has held a variety of teaching and management roles in further and higher education. As one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for 10 years, she specialised in Further Education and teacher training. Now freelance, she combines a number of professional activities: critical friend, teacher, advisor, researcher and external examiner. Her research interests focus on teaching excellence, and her book on outstanding teaching in the lifelong learning sector, based on inspection evidence, is widely used to inform continuing professional development in the FE sector.

Mark Henderson

Mark is currently the Deputy Principal of Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke. For the past 20 years he has worked in a variety of sixth form colleges, some city-based with challenging cohorts and others in leafier suburbs. The one thing he has learnt is that high quality, low stakes assessment and feedback leads to fantastic achievement rates regardless of individual starting points. In his 20 minute session he will share with you some of the strategies that they have implemented to try and ensure that assessment and feedback remain at the forefront of their planning.

Stacey Adams

Stacey has worked in the Further Education sector for 13 years and has been the Head of the College (The Joseph Wright Centre) since 2016.  She leads the academies of Academic Studies, Creative Industries, Digital and Business with nearly 2000 students under the leadership and management of her team.  They have implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years that have successfully secured improvements to their A level outcomes on all measures.

Alongside her leadership role, she has taught A level Psychology for 13 years and has been an examiner for the board.  In addition to her work at the college, Stacey is also a Chartered Psychologist and recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a distinction in her MA in Educational Management and Leadership.

Much of the research Stacey has conducted on her Masters has focused on how to improve social mobility chances for students which we are putting in to use at the college, the findings of which, she often delivers at leadership conferences.

Steve Pegg

Prior to joining Alps in 2011, Steve worked in schools, GFE and sixth form colleges throughout a long and varied career, latterly as principal for nine years. Due to his background in schools, Steve provides strategic direction to the company, helping drive our mission to empower staff as they support the progress of their students

Tom Edwards

Tom’s background is in teaching primarily A Level English courses in sixth form colleges. Tom has an interest in raising attainment across all subjects through focusing on enhancing literacy skills. He was involved in developing and implementing the new Academic English strategy at Christ the King. As Director of CPD, he is passionate about strengthening teaching, learning and assessment across the institution. Tom enjoys working with experienced practitioners and those new to the profession and he’s delighted to speak at the conference.