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AoC Performance and Accountability Conference 2024

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 13 March 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £140 + VAT per delegate

The Skills for jobs white paper set out wide-ranging reforms to strengthen our skills system, ensuring provision meets the needs of learners and employers. Alongside this, the government has set out changes to accountability for FE providers, to monitor how they are meeting the skills needs of local learners and employers, with a promise of simplification.

Following consultation, we are now into the first full year of reforms coming into action. Many colleges have now been through the new enhanced Ofsted inspection and have received judgement on how they are contributing to meeting local skills needs. Colleges have also submitted their first accountability agreements, against the backdrop of the publication of 38 local skills improvement plans nationally.

With input from key stakeholders across the sector, this online conference will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing colleges in light of performance and accountability reforms, share best practice from colleges on local collaboration and discuss how we can ensure we get the balance right between strong FE accountability and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy for colleges.

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Delegate Fees

AoC Member - per delegate - £140 +VAT

Affiliate Member - per delegate- £200 + VAT

Non-member institutions – per delegate - £240 +VAT

Non-member commercial – per delegate - £525 +VAT

3 delegates or more from the same institution (AoC Members) = 10% discount

Paul Joyce
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Paul Joyce is one of His Majesty’s Inspectors and is the Deputy Director for Further Education & Skills. Paul joined Ofsted in 2005 as an HMI having previously worked within the Further Education and Skills sector in both general and specialist further education colleges. Immediately prior to working for Ofsted, Paul was a consultant for the former Department for Education and Skills and worked on national initiatives supporting improvements to teaching and learning and in leadership and management. Paul has significant inspection experience in both the schools and further education & skills remits and prior to being appointed Deputy Director was a Senior HMI with responsibility for the college inspection programme nationally.

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Laurence Grafton
Head of Policy, Department for Education
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Laurence joined the Department for Education in 2021 to write the FE White Paper and was the architect behind the accountability reforms. More recently he is focussed on simplifying the funding landscape to empower colleges to deliver the skills employers need. He was previously an advisor on skills, schools and jobs in the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit. He started his career teaching law at the University of Bonn before joining the Civil Service. He is a school governor and likes all sports especially running with his local club in Finsbury Park.

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Joanne Philpott
Senior Vice Principal, Weston College
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Joanne Philpott has worked for the Weston College Group for the last eight years in a range of leadership roles. Previously she has worked in both the schools and the HE sector. She is currently Senior Vice Principal Curriculum and Technical Education at the College with responsibility and oversight for Apprenticeship provision, Engineering, Digital, Green Skills, Construction, MV, Health and Sport, Sustainability, Social Action and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

She was the Skills Nominee at the College’s recent inspection which was rated as Strong.

She has a strong employer focus, ensuring that all learners are able to have meaningful experiences enabling them to progress into their chosen careers. She is a champion of inclusion for all and has supported her teams to deliver innovative projects such as immersive learner conferences, Great Big Green Week, and inclusive learning companies.

She also works with industry, IFATE, awarding organisations and ETF developing training and emerging curriculum development projects such as new apprenticeship standards, T Levels, energy transition projects, hydrogen and electric vehicle training.

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“The ability to hear from Richard Simper in particular about the Accountability reforms, alongside words from Kate Hill on lessons learned from early inspections, as well as the on the ground feedback from Jamie Purser, from Newham College, was excellent and perfectly framed the meeting and discussions. An excellent session.”

Chris Wright, The Manchester College (LTE Group)

“Was fantastic to get an insight into policy and accountability framework proposals and hear varying stakeholder perceptions. Some great discussions that will no doubt lead to further thinking and hopefully shape a system that is a true representation of the fantastic work that happens in FE providers throughout the country.”

Ben Robinson, Middlesbrough College