The Department for Education launched their new accountability measures in 2016 with a greater emphasis on progress; progression alongside attainment and new updates to the measures come into play in 2017. This event will take a look through these updates and will allow delegates a crucial opportunity to hear from and question the main agencies that review college data. Delegates will get a chance to discuss the wider role that data plays in formulating the strategic planning and direction of the college and the data implications of responding to the Skills Plan.

  • Discuss the latest findings from Ofsted and hear some best practice tips
  • Hear from a college that has been through a recent inspection on how they evidenced progress
  • Get updates to the changes to accountability measures and have a chance to discuss what the changes mean in practice
  • Hear a range of college case studies on topics including; value added, using data to support teaching and learning, use of data to regulate and predict apprenticeship demand and planning for intelligent curriculum design

All of the sessions will provide you with key updates and some great case studies that you will be able to take away, evaluate and implement in your own college. Make sure you don’t miss a key opportunity to network with other college sector professionals.

Who should attend

  • Principals
  • Vice Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • Directors/Heads of MIS and Planning
  • Directors/Heads of Information Services
  • Directors/Heads of Quality
  • Directors/Heads of Standards and Performance
  • Directors of Curriculum and Learning

Delegates at last year’s conference said:

“A very useful conference to share good practice and to enable dialogue with key personnel in influential organisations such as the DfE.”
Sara Shelston, Assistant Principal Quality and Student Services, North Shropshire College

“A thought provoking conference with well-chosen presenters. The sessions struck a good balance between ideas from around the sector and policy updates.”
Simon Kibble, Director of Quality and Development, Stephenson College

“A very informed line-up of speakers who understand the issues within the sector. I found the balance between agency/government representatives as well as colleagues from the sector very helpful.“
Louise Gambling, Head of Registry & Quality, Isle of Wight College




Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London

Coram Street

AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
Non Member (Commercial): £430 + VAT

All fees include: Lunch and Refreshments


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

Terms and Conditions

Registration enquiries:
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship and Exhibition Enquiries:
Rachel Sidgwick, Sponsorship and
Exhibition Manager, AoC Create
Tel: 01642 700266/ 07736 171949


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09:15 - 10:00 (45 minutes)

Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:10 (10 minutes)

Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

10:10 - 10:40 (30 minutes)

Accountability measures and future changes

Linda Rose, Team Leader 16-19 Accountability, Department for Education

This presentation will cover new measures to be introduced in 2017 performance tables, including level 2 measures and disadvantaged measures.

10:40 - 11:10 (30 minutes)

ESFA – The future use of data

Sue Parker, Education and Skills Funding Agency

  • Changes and alignment now EFA and SFA have merged
  • Future of achievement rates
  • Planning for the Skills Plan
11:10 - 11:25 (15 minutes)

Question and answers

11:25 - 11:50 (25 minutes)

Refreshments and networking

11:50 - 11:55 (5 minutes)

Chair’s welcome back

David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

11:55 - 12:15 (20 minutes)

Reflections on the current landscape

Andrew Tyley, Deputy FEC

  • Outcomes of area review and progress with mergers
  • FEC intervention role
  • Common issues with data and management information during formal interventions


12:15 - 12:40 (25 minutes)

A focus on outcomes and progression

Paul Joyce HMI, Deputy Director, Ofsted

12:40 - 13:10 (30 minutes)

Evidencing progression – Achieving outstanding

Neil Thomas, Vice Principal, Dudley College

Dudley College’s journey from ‘requires improvement’ in 2008 to ‘outstanding’ in 2017 has been a long and often difficult road.  The college developed a very clear and aspirational strategy, relentlessly focusing on outstanding teaching and learning, at the heart of which was the progress and progression of learners.

13:10 - 13:20 (10 minutes)

Question and answers

13:20 - 14:10 (50 minutes)

Lunch and networking

14:10 - 14:40 (30 minutes)

Choice of two keynotes to attend

1.1 Case Study: Apprenticeships

Karen Redhead, Principal, Derwentside College

Use of data to monitor and manage apprenticeship provision.


1.2 Presentation: Mides

Richard Boniface, Managing Director, RCU

An update on Mides.

14:40 - 14:45 (5 minutes)

Transition time

14:45 - 15:15 (30 minutes)

Choice of two keynotes to attend

2.1 Discussion: Maximising student progress in a linear world

John Philip, Senior Educational Consultant, ALPs

This presentation will look at how best to ensure students can cope and flourish at A Level in our increasingly linear landscape and will afford opportunity for group discussion.


2.2 Case Study: Encouraging data story telling – using in-house developed metrics to support discussions about teaching, learning and assessment

Tina Manning, Head of College Information, Holy Cross College


15:15 - 15:35 (20 minutes)

Refreshments and networking

15:35 - 16:05 (30 minutes)

Choice of two keynotes to attend

3.1 Case Study: Intelligent curriculum design

Amanda Melton, Principal, and Paul Britton, Vice Principal, Nelson and Colne Colleg


3.2 Discussion: The state of the education system in 2017

Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research, The Edge Foundation

  • The impact of the new reformed GCSEs
  • The impact of EBacc and Progress 8 on subject choice
  • The potential of destination measures
16:05 - 16:10 (5 minutes)

Transition time

16:10 - 16:40 (30 minutes)

Choice of two keynotes to attend

4.1 Discussion: Post-QAR – How to prepare an effective SAR

Karen Adriaanse, Education and Training Consultant


4.2 Presentation: Demystifying GDPR

Robert Masson, Managing Director, Masson Tech

In May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR has much tougher punishments for those who fail to comply with new rules around the storage and handling of personal data. This roundtable will explain what you need to know about the new Act.

16:40 - 16:40 ()

Conference closes


The AoC Data, Performance and Accountability Conference is an opportunity for colleges and suppliers to gain insight from inspirational speakers and thought leaders and hear about good practice and experience built up from other institutions. With AoC’s subject focussed events you can network and engage with key college staff in a relaxed environment – it’s the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your products and discuss how they can meet the needs of colleges. Sponsorship packages are featured below.

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