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Hall 3 and Hall 3 Foyer

Registration and exhibition open
Refreshments available, registration sponsored by NCFE
Visit the college suppliers to discuss your individual needs

Hall 1

Welcome by the conference chair
Tina Daheley, Broadcaster

AoC President’s address
Corrienne Peasgood, President, Association of Colleges

In conversation with...
Amanda Spielman, His Majesty's Chief Inspector, Ofsted

Workforce of the future
Julia Hobsbawm, Author of The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future

Discussion: Building a workforce to drive us forward

Julia Hobsbawm, Author
Shelagh Legrave CBE DL, Further Education Commissioner
Katie Stafford
, Deputy Principal, New City College: Hackney Campus
Jane Gratton, Deputy Director of Public Policy, British Chambers of Commerce

Ministerial Address
Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Skills and Further Education

Hall 3

Exhibition and refreshments
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Various locations

Hot topic discussions

An opportunity for delegates to select from a selection of hot topics to discuss and challenge with peers
For the full hot topic listings, please click here

Hot topic 1
How is assessment changing?

Hot topic 2
Is the UK the next skills superpower?

Hot topic 3
Future capital funding. What do colleges need and where will they get it?

Hot topic 4
The levy reimagined and boosting college apprenticeships. Is it time for a rethink?

Hot topic 5
Lifelong Learning Entitlement: Will it be a game changer?

Hot topic 6
Workforce – Is the tide turning on pay?

Hot topic 7
English and maths: The elephant in every room?

Hot topic 8
LSIPs - Will they deliver in three years' time?

Hall 3 and Hall 3 Foyer

Lunch and exhibition
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T Levels – Informal drop-in networking session - Hall 3 Gallery
A face-to-face networking session for senior leaders and college stakeholders to interact with multiple members of the Department for Education (DfE) delivery and policy team. This networking session is an opportunity to:

  • Engage in open discussions with DfE officials
  • Share your perspectives on T Level and T Level Foundation Year Implementation
  • Have your questions answered directly by the DfE/AoC
  • Collaborate with like-minded professionals, educators, and stakeholders
  • Meet the AoC T Level support team, which is available at no additional cost to your institution, to discuss any provider support requirements that you would find beneficial.

AoC National Chairs’ Council networking lunch - Hall 1 Foyer, Level 5
College governors are invited to join this session hosted by the AoC National Chairs' Council, where we dive into critical topics for the academic year, explore the newly launched AoC Code of Good Governance, discover insights on Local Skills Improvement Plans, and gain valuable perspectives on External Board Reviews. Be part of the conversation shaping the future of further education governance.

New Principals’ and CEOs lunch - Executive room 8
By invitation only

The College Collective Associate Experts’ networking lunch - Hall 3 Gallery
By invitation only

Various locations

For the full breakout session listings, please click here

Hall 3 and Hall 3 Foyer

Exhibition and refreshments
Visit the college suppliers to discuss your individual needs

Hall 1

Chair’s welcome back

Tina Daheley, Broadcaster

Student voice on AI
A former college student will give their views on AI and what it means for their future
Caitlin Stewart Louis, Student and member, Leaders Unlocked Youth Board

How to robot-proof your students
Dr Vivienne Ming, theoretical neuroscientist and artificial intelligence expert

Closing remarks
David Hughes CBE, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Conference close