HEADS OF SIXTH FORM ONLINE SUMMER CONFERENCE

Date:
24 June 2022
Location:
Online

To view the recordings of this event, use the code and details emailed to every delegate on Monday 27 June around 9pm.

HEADS OF SIXTH FORM ONLINE SUMMER CONFERENCE

THE CHANGING POST-16 LANDSCAPE 2022-3 AND BEYOND: WHAT DO HEADS OF SIXTH FORM NEED TO KNOW...including 40 hours extra funding

Speaker: Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist, ASCL

It is important to lift our sights to the medium and long-term issues impacting on post-16. In this extended session, Kevin will address:

40 Additional hours funding - the guidance outlined and how some centres are approaching it

T Levels will be addressed in terms of the very latest information on which BTECs appear to be defunded and which ones can schools and colleges continue to offer.

Higher Education Reform - this key consultation document addresses minimum entry requirements for university, student number controls, and changes to student finance.


HIGHER EDUCATION BRIEFING FOR SIXTH FORM LEADERS: KEEPING UP-TO-DATE

Mike Nicholson, Deputy Head of Education Services, University of Cambridge


PSHE - EQUIPPING YOUR STUDENTS TO LOOK AFTER THEIR OWN MENTAL HEALTH

Speaker: Peter Radford, PSHE Specialist, Beyond This

Prevention is better than cure.

This session will look at the understanding and self-care essentials we need to be teaching our students in order that they manage their mental health and stay well.

It will also highlight the 3 strategic changes we need to make as schools to enable a mentally healthy school culture.


PSHE - CHALLENGING A CULTURE OF MYSOGYNY AND HARASSMENT

Speaker: Peter Radford, PSHE Specialist, Beyond This

The prevalence of misogynistic 'banter' and sexual harassment is clear. Changing this culture will take more than a new policy or set of sanctions.

This session will clarify what sexual harassment is, why it persists and how to address it. The recording will also be available to use with students.


OFSTED - KEY INSIGHTS FROM RECENTLY INSPECTED CENTRES

Speaker panel, current Sixth Form Leaders

This proved to be a hugely popular session in November. The panellists are sixth form leaders from a range of centres that have been inspected under the 2021-22 regime and will pass on their feedback and advice for other centres.

We managed to pack in advice from six centres at the winter conference and intend to do the same this summer, so this should prove to be equally useful for delegates.


STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT HIGH LEVELS OF ATTENDANCE AND TACKLE POOR PUNCTUALITY

Panel of Sixth Form Leaders including Alison Brown

No single centre will have all the answers, so we have put together a panel who have all approached these two perennial issues that are so important to get right.


MANAGING TUTORIAL TIME: BUILDING IN CULTURAL CAPITAL FOR SUCCESS AT POST 16

Speaker: Michael Senior, Founder NetSixthForm

Michael will share the resources centres can use to help them share the strategies of successful students with their own cohorts.

These engaging resources make the routines explicit and they can be re-used for those who do not take it on board the first time, so ideal for intervention.


CAREERS - THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE OF APPLYING FOR GRADUATE JOBS TODAY AND IMPLICATIONS ON SCHOOL EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMMES

Speaker panel of recently employed graduates

Where do students find jobs? What sites do they use to help them prepare? What's the process like? How do students cope with rejection? What advice have students got to pass on to help sixth formers get ready?

This session will be offered to delegates afterwards with a student action planning sheet to use with students back in their own centres and so will prove a really helpful, ready-made employability session.


POST 16 SEND: RULES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Laura Page, Director of Inclusion, Odyssey Trust for Education

Laura is a former SENCO, AHT and now Director of Inclusion for a multi-academy trust

Knowing that Sixth Form Leaders are incredibly busy people, Laura will outline the key rules and responsibilities which need to be understood and met which many middle and senior leaders might not know.

Laura will also recommend simple systems that will help support students and yet help minimise workload


SUPPORTING HIGH ATTAINING STUDENTS - DEVELOPING THINKING SKILLS FOR COMPETITIVE ACADEMIC INTERVIEWS

Stephen Thomas, NetSixthForm Resources Editor

Stephen has been hard at work creating a new set of resources for delegates to re-use in their centres

Many students find thinking through challenging problems and thinking out loud their solutions, so Stephen has created resources tutors can use with all students that will get them thinking and talking about the challenge so that when they come to Oxbridge interviews and the like, they will be more confident and feel they can tackle the tasks provided. Stephen has supplied a highly useful resource which you can re-use in your centres.


SUPPORTING LOW ATTAINING STUDENTS - CHANGING STUDENT HABITS TO HELP THEM WORK HARDER AND SMARTER

Katie Cork, Head of Sixth Form, St Mary's School

Katie will present how she uses research to inform the way in which habits are learned and changed to help low achievers develop the habits of high achievers.


KEY UPDATES ON INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS

David Hawkins, The University Guys

An increasing number of UK students are applying to international universities, with requirements and policies changing regularly.

David will give an update on key update on key changes for the current cycle and tips on how to stay up-to-date.


T LEVELS ACTION PLAN & PRACTICAL ADVICE: USE IN YOUR SIXTH FORM TO START THE PROCESS

This will be a session available online after the conference.


HOW TO PREVENT 'LIFELESS DATA' IN YOUR SIXTH FORM

Danielle Thurlow, Director of Post 16 and Careers, Odyssey Trust for Education

Following a period of teacher assessed grades (TAGs) and disruption to learning, it is timely to reconsider the data we use in schools: it is helping to have an impact on outcomes for students?

Danielle has explored data used in a range of centres so she can start to embed even more effective systems in her centres. The aim being to ensure that no data is 'lifeless' and that it has impact.

Simple, effective and easily collected and managed will key to the process so that teacher workload is very much part of the process.


UNIVERSITY PANEL: ASK YOUR QUESTIONS TO A RANGE OF EXPERIENCED RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS OFFICER

Panellists include a range of universities including Cambridge, Leicester, Lincoln, Gloucestershire, Winchester, Liverpool Hope, UEA, Swansea, Warwick, Royal Holloway and the London Interdisciplinary School.

Delegates find it incredibly helpful to hear responses direct from universities to their questions.


NAILING YOUR YEAR 12 ENROLMENT DAY WITH A SMOOTH, DIGITAL PROCESS

Antony Wambua, Applicaa Product Director

Sixth Form retention is key for all schools, so we have asked Applicaa to outline their cloud-based Admissions+ system.

There are a large number of centres using the Admissions+ and they report finding it to be a fast, accurate, online enrolment day management system.

The software also manages to auto-class balance and easily create timetables so that schools can issue them to students quickly.


APPRENTICESHIPS: ARE WE BROADCASTING THE 'RIGHT' ONES TO OUR STUDENTS

Speaker to be confirmed


UCAS UPDATE FOR ADVISERS 2023 CYCLE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Sam Sykes, Digital Learning Manager , UCAS

Operational reminders for your tutors so they know exactly what they need to be doing when it comes to using the UCAS site

Key updates on the 2023 cycle - dates and changes

What's new and forthcoming that tutors need to know about as well as lead manager(s) of the UCAS application process


EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS OPPORTUNITIES - ACCESSING WORK EXPERIENCE FOR STATE SCHOOLS STUDENTS

Fiona Long, National Education Development Manager, Speakers for Schools


ACCESS TO CAREERS INFORMATION: DATA AND TRENDS FROM 2500 SCHOOLS

Charley Fowler, Area Manager, Unifrog

Unifrog have analysed a huge amount of data from over 2500 centres and in this session Charley will share some of key insights and also the ways Unifrog supports a range of disadvantaged students.


Speakers 

Mike Nicholson, Deputy Head of Education Services, University of Cambridge

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist, ASCL

Sam Sykes, Digital Learning Manager, UCAS

Laura Page, Director of Inclusion, Odyssey Trust for Education

Ed Macloud, Vice Principal, Beal High School

Katie Cork, Head of Sixth Form, St Mary's School

Peter Radford, CEO, Beyond This

Michael Senior, Founder NetSixthForm

David Hawkins, CEO, The University Guys

Danielle Thurlow, Director of Post-16 & Careers, Odyssey Trust for Education 

Stephen Thomas, Resources Editor, NetSixthForm 

Max Trapani, Outreach Manager, Pathways Careers Training and Mentoring

Will Compston, Head of Sixth Form, Hornsea School and Language College

Elliot Newstead, Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach, University of Leicester

Ruth Boyce, School & College Development Coordinator, University of Winchester

James Seymour, Director of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment, University of Gloucestershire

Elizabeth McCullough, School & College Liaison, Goldsmiths, University of London

Alison Brown, Head of Sixth,  George Spencer Academy

Sarah Booth, School & College Liaison, University of Warwick

Oliver Back, School & College Liaison, Liverpool Hope University

Kiran Momi, School & College Liaison,  The London Interdisciplinary School

Sophie Alexis, School & College Liaison, Middlesex University

Steve Minney, School & College Liaison, Swansea University

Nicola Marsden, School & College Liaison, Lancaster University

Katie Barrow, School & College Liaison, University of Lincoln

Richard Harvey, School & College Liaison, University of East Anglia

Jonathan Plummer, School & College Liaison, Royal Holloway

Dan Cleary, Head of Sixth Form, St Bartholomew's School

More speakers to be confirmed

'I have now attended two online conferences. The addition of breakout rooms to raise more detailed questions this time was even better. Well worth attending.' Head of Sixth Form, Trinity School Croydon, Autumn Online Conference 2021

'I've attended quite a few of these conferences and each time I am reminded why - it such fantastic CPD! I always come out buzzing with ideas and refreshed with new knowledge about post 16.' Head of Sixth Form, Northwood School, Autumn Online Conference 2021

'My first conference with netsixthform - just great. I really appreciated the flexibility of the online Zoom options, quick and dynamic sessions, the ease with which you can move into break-out rooms and the active use of the chat, and the range of topics discussed. I've got more out of this today, than normal conferences. Well done and my thanks.' Head of Sixth Form,The Long Eaton School, Summer Online Conference 2021

'I have attended in person and on-line now, both great but on-line makes it more manageable if you have to travel a long distance to attend.' Head of Sixth Form, Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Summer Online Conference 2021

'This is the third conference that I've attended and I take more and more away from them every time. Loads of questions answered, tonnes to think about and plan a strategy for implementing. Brilliantly organised and very knowledgeable speakers. Love the short, snappy format. Thank-you.' Head of Sixth Form, Thornleigh Salesian College, Autumn Online Conference 2021

'Can't recommend this course enough. Thank you Michael and all the speakers, really appreciated.' Head of Sixth Form, Presdales School, Autumn Online Conference 2021

'By a country mile – the best CPD I’ve ever had.  18, yes 18 sessions on a huge variety of meaningful, relevant and contemporary areas for any Head of Sixth Form.  Outstanding – this will be an annual event in my development.'  Rutlish School, Head of Sixth Form, Autumn Conference

'After all these years - fresh vibrant and inspiring - as always you come away with 5 things you will do tomorrow.' Director of Post 16, Redhill Academy Trust, Autumn Online Conference 2021

'Exceptional quality and is the best value CPD I have attended in recent years...fast-paced activities including a wide range of speakers and the ability to choose certain sessions rather than others. This meant you could cater your day to suit the needs of your sixth form. An excellent day.' Head of Sixth Form, Sawtry Village Academy, Summer Online Conference 2021

'If you are a head of sixth then this is the best conference you will ever attend. Up to the minute information, loads of practical resources, an annual must do!' Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre,  Head of Sixth Form, November Online Conference, 2020

'The Swiss Army Knife course for new sixth form leaders.' South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form, Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'Probably the best value CPD and resource base I have experienced as a Sixth Form lead.' Ribston Hall High School, Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'I really liked the practicality of online - I would have had to leave the house before 5am and wouldn't have got home until 8.30pm if it had been in London.' St John Talbot's SchoolHead of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'Excellent. I would definitely prefer not to travel.' Herschel Grammar School, Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'Loved it. Was able to give it my full attention without having to dash out before it ended to make a train back home! Great quality presentations and a lot of timely information' St Edmund Campion Catholic School. Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020) 

The NetSixth annual conference is an essential part of my CPD toolkit, helping me keep connected with sixth form leaders up and down the country, the latest developments in post 16 and post 18 education and training whilst also giving me the headspace to reflect on my own practice. The virtual online version was no different - great and varied programme. Thank you! Fallibroome Academy, Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'An incredibly useful day, jam packed full of resources and information with lots of pointers that are useful for a busy Head of Sixth Form. Thank you so much!' Sir John Leman High School, Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020)

'I really enjoyed the online conference which covered the many facets of being a head of sixth form . All the speakers were engaging and informative and I came away with plenty of food for thought.' King Richard School, Cyprus. Head of Sixth Form (November Online Conference, 2020) 

'As ever, brilliant range of insightful resources and talks to keep you ahead of the game.'  Wood Green School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'It was well worth travelling 1000 miles to join this event! Thank you.' Almunecar International School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Don’t miss this conference.  I am invigorated and inspired – armed with a huge number of practical ideas and tweaks.  I feel much more informed and ‘useful’.'  The Duchess's Community High School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'By a country mile – the best CPD I’ve ever had.  18, yes 18 sessions on a huge variety of meaningful, relevant and contemporary areas for any Head of Sixth Form.  Outstanding – this will be an annual event in my development.' Rutlish School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Excellent resources, super presentations and a broad variety of material – I will be back! Thank you.'  Cheadle Hulme Grammar, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Extremely useful session.  Great resources.'  Chadwell Heath Academy, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Fantastic CPD – thank you for all the new ideas! Varied speakers, thought provoking, practical and applicable. Great format.' Hellesden High School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Inspirational and very useful and practical. Amazing speakers.' St Teresa’s School, Head of Sixth Form (November Conference, 2019)

'Where else would you get varied presentations?' Another fantastic conference. Where else would you get rich and varied presentations, along with countless practical ideas and resources? I cannot recommend the Heads of Sixth National Conference enough! Head of Sixth Form, High Storrs School. 21 June 2019

'Insightful and speakers carefully thought through'. Thank you for providing a well organised event. Resources being printed, speakers carefully thought through, as well as excellent housekeeping, has made this a great day. Timings have really benefitted the pace and inclusion of a multitude of aspects. Thank you!  Head of Sixth, Townley Grammar School, 21 June 2019

'My third conference.' I have chosen this over Pixl6. Worth every penny for CPD and plenty to take back, use and share. Thank you.' Head of Sixth, Higham Lane School. November 2018