Event Focus: #ReimagineFE19 Conference

In this month’s Event Focus blog, Suzanne Savage, Doctoral Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) at Birmingham City University, writes about the 4th annual ‘#ReimagineFE19 Conference’ taking place at Birmingham City University on Tuesday 2 July 2019.


ReimagineFE 19 Conference

Called “the most important CPD experience of the year” by participants, #ReimagineFE19 is the only event on the FE calendar where teachers, managers, leaders and researchers gather in working groups to collaboratively discuss the things that really matter in our sector.  We have a variety of free tickets on offer, so please read on about the many working groups you can join and how to get tickets.

T-Levels are coming soon, and one popular #ReimagineFE19 working group will tackle Employer Engagement, formulating a set of principles to guide how practitioners and colleges work with employers to achieve the best outcomes for students. Another working group on Coaching will explore how coaches manage the potential conflicts between teachers’ developmental needs and the objectives of our institutions.

There is a growing movement to support research by and for FE, and one working group will discuss what Quality in FE Research might look like, developing a set of principles for practitioners as they undertake FE-based research and scholarly activity.

The Future of HE in FE will explore College-based Higher Education and how to counter the narrative that it is somehow ‘second class’ provision. Another will focus on Critical Perspectives on Digital Technology, considering how to use digital tools to support emancipatory pedagogies, and how to build resilient online communities which safeguard and empower both teachers and learners.

With the introduction of new Ofsted inspection criteria, many are reflecting on how judgments of FE provision are made. We have 2 working groups which explore different aspects of this. ‘Quality’ in FE: from Fear to Faith will explore the tensions between professional trust and the pursuit of excellent teaching and learning experiences for learners, growing a constellation of ideas to reimagine what quality in FE could look like. Another working group, Reclaiming the Joy of Teaching, will find ways to support the development of authentic and easeful teaching by creating and sustaining the physical, social and emotional spaces that give teachers time to think, explore, develop and grow.

The Education and Training Foundation has sponsored free tickets for our working group on Adult, Community and Offender Learning. In light of the continued emphasis on the skills economy, can adult education still claim to be both lifelong and universal? How can we ensure all learners and communities benefit from opportunities to love learning and, through learning, find opportunities to build community cohesion?

We are also offering free tickets to the GCSE English & Maths Resits group, sponsored by UCU, which will explore how to ensure meaningful outcomes for today’s learners when facing an exam-oriented system.

There are also a limited number of free tickets available for any FE professional whose employer will not fund the conference fees.

More information about #ReimagineFE19 and booking links can be found on the conference website. To take up the free tickets offer, or for any other conference queries, please contact Suzanne Savage.


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