Wednesday, 25th April saw UKCBC travel to the ExCel Centre for the Academies Show 2018. The event, which welcomed guest speakers, exhibitors and continuing professional development (CPD) trainers from the education industry, gave attendees the chance to gain insights from experts in the field. UKCBC saw the event as a chance to understand the current educational context of the next cohort of tertiary level students, to find out the learning expectations of future students and to understand how tertiary education can benefit from partnerships with secondary schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.  

We went to a number of interesting talks during the event; be sure to check out the summaries below, and take a look at our Academies Show 2018 page for more coverage of the event:  

The State of the Nation 

Tom Clark, CBE FRSA, was previously Associate Director of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Network and has worked on developing international school networks in Australia, the United States and Hong Kong. Mr Clark also worked alongside the Department for Education with publications on ‘study leave’, ‘benchmarking’, ‘financial planning’ and ‘workforce reform’. Tom is currently Chairman of Govnet’s Advisory Board on Education.  

During his talk, Mr Clark spoke about the current context of UK education, and the political environment and its impact on areas like funding and professional autonomy in the education sector.  

Shaping the Classroom of the Future 

Paul Hutton is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Education Trainer with experience as both a teacher and a consultant for ICT development in schools.  

Tom Able-Green is an Education Solutions Manager and works for Apple’s education arm, focusing on how technology can aid in strategic teaching and learning perspectives across all education sectors.  

Together, Paul and Tom gave the audience an insight into the classroom of the future. Preparing for a time when technology creates jobs (as well as automating others) requires students to be well versed in emerging digital trends. Technology also gives educators a chance to improve class engagement by turning passive learners into active contributors to their own education.  

What Are Universities For? The Significant Changes iHigher Education and How They Will Impact Schools and Students 

Ross Renton is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Worcester University.  

During Ross’ presentation, he looked over some of the major regulatory changes that have recently come into force, such as the formation of the Office for Students, and what those changes mean for those looking to move into higher education after completing their secondary education. Ross also spent time speaking about the benefits of collaborations and outreach programmes between secondary and tertiary institutions.  

Apprenticeships Uncovered  

Carolyn Savage is Head of Communications and Events at the Education & Skills Funding Agency.  

Carolyn gave the audience an overview of how regulatory changes are opening up more professional routes for students. She also touched on how schools can make use of the apprenticeship levy for continued professional development for staff.  

National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) – Collaborative Approaches to Higher Education Outreach  

Jenny Ann is NCOP Programme Director for the Office for Students, and Mike Garnock-Jones is Director of the Higher Education Progression Partnership. 

The final session of the day saw Jenny Ann of the OfS speak about the aims of the NCOP, including identifying areas where progression to tertiary levels of education was significantly lower than the national average, and how outreach programmes delivered by schools alongside higher education partners can improve uptake.     

Following Jenny was Mike from the Higher Education Progression Partnership, a South Yorkshire network of schools, colleges, universities and employers. Mike talked about the challenges facing schools with lower progression to tertiary education. The talk looked over some of the strategies and initiatives put in place in the schools in South Yorkshire to open the possibility of higher education study to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Check back this week for further updates of the Academies Show 2018. 

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