SUMMER 2021 ONLINE CONFERENCE, FRIDAY 25 JUNE 2021

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HEADS OF SIXTH FORM NATIONAL SUMMER CONFERENCE 2021 : PRACTICAL STRATEGIES AND RESOURCES'

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  1. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 'FOUNDATION YEAR': WHAT HEADS OF SIXTH FORM NEED TO KNOW
    1. Dr Alex Pryce, Foundation Year Course Director, University of Cambridge
    2. Available in 2022, Alex will provide additional information on the Foundation Year at the University of Cambridge.
    3. The session will help Teachers/Advisors identify and support potential Foundation Year candidates
    4. How the Foundation Year contributes to Widening Access at the University of Cambridge
  2. UNIVERSITY BRIEFING: 'PQA AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS' - WHAT HEADS OF SIXTH NEED TO KNOW
    1. Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Bath
    2. What might Post Qualification Applications (PQA) look like and what might be the impact for schools to consider?
    3. Mike will also explore any key issues relating to entry to university Summer 2021 which might help Heads of Sixth support their students through the clearing process.
    4. Typically, Mike will respond to whatever seems most pertinent at the time to Heads of Sixth about university preparation and support
  3. WHAT'S NEW AT UCAS? ADVISERS' UPDATE 2021/2 ENTRY
    1. Samantha Sykes, 
Lead Digital Learning Developer, UCAS
    2. Clearing+ developments for 2021 entry: what your students need to know about the new changes
    3. What your students need to know about the new student changes to Apply and Track for 2022 entry
  4. PERFECTIONISM AND IT'S IMPACT ON STUDENTS: WHAT CAN TUTORS DO TO SUPPORT STUDENTS?
    1. Stephen Thomas, author and NetSixthForm Resources Editor
    2. Perfectionism is a common trait that often causes anxiety, exam stress and can sometimes prevent students from handing in work.
    3. What can be done to help? Supported by some resources specifically created for this session, Stephen will provide a research for Heads of Sixth Form so they can be better informed about how to tackle the issue.
  5. TRANSITION PROGRAMMES: FROM YEAR 11 T0 12 AND HOW TO USE IT TO RECRUIT STUDENTS
    1. Michael Senior, Director, NetSixthForm
    2. Having created widely used practical materials for tutors and Heads of Sixth for over twenty years
    3. Michael will provide materials and strategies for both transition points which can be used immediately with Year 11.
  6. 'LEARNING HOW TO THINK ALOUD': THE KEY TO HELPING STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THEIR OXBRIDGE INTERVIEW
    1. Richard Judd, Independent Careers and University Guidance specialist at Judd University Guidance UK
    2. One key barrier to able students both not considering an Oxbridge application or, if they do, performing poorly in the interview, is their confidence and ability to 'narrate their thinking': to articulate what and why they are thinking about an academic problem.
    3. As a former teacher and Head of Careers and University Guidance, Richard is ideally placed to offer help to tutors in this vital area.
  7. SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENTS THROUGH CONFIRMATION AND CLEARING 2021: ANOTHER TURBULENT YEAR?
    1. Elliot Newstead, Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach, University of Leicester
    2. Based on the challenges faced by universities last year, what advice should Heads of Sixth Form impart to students?
    3. The content of the session will be shaped by events which unfold over the coming weeks and months, so it will be as up-to-date as possible.
    4. The session will gather the picture from a range of universities, so delegates feel the advice is as broadly representative as possible.
  8. MAKING THE MANAGEMENT OF TUTORIAL TIME EASIER: A READY-MADE TUTORIAL SCHEME AND RESOURCES
    1. Michael Senior, Director, NetSixthForm
    2. Michael has created a library of resources delegates can use and he will take you through a ready-made scheme you can simply share with your tutors.
  9. RECRUITING STUDENTS INTO YOUR SIXTH FORM: LEARNING FROM INNOVATIONS UNDER LOCKDOWN
    1. Kate Johnston, Deputy Headteacher, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
    2. Covid-19 drove huge technological innovations in schools and a host of remote strategies were adopted
    3. Kate will provide solutions to some of the challenges centres will continue to face when recruiting students
    4. A blended approach to recruiting students will be outlined so delegates can gather plenty of ideas to take back into their centres.
  10. ENTERPRISE, EMPLOYABILITY & ENGAGEMENT: RETURNING STUDENTS' FOCUS TO THE FUTURE
    1. Jon Hering, Head of Business Development at The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG)
    2. TILG will share its expertise in the world of enterprise challenges and report on engagement and feedback from college students across the country.
    3. Our engaging challenges link your students' knowledge to real businesses and higher education providers to bring the focus back to their futures.
    4. We'll also be offering a number of free programmes to anyone interested!
  11. PSHE AND MENTAL HEALTH - THE CRISIS OF HOPE: HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE FIND PURPOSE IN AN AGE OF GROWING HOPELESSNESS
    1. Peter Radford, Beyond This, PSHE specialist
  12. LOGGED IN BUT TUNED OUT? Research findings into Year 12 experience of digital learning and online events.
    1. Elizabeth McCullough, UK Student Recruitment Manager, Goldsmiths, University of London
    2. Are students really digital natives?
    3. Sixth Form students may use apps to share content and keep in touch with friends, but does this equip them with the skills to genuinely cope with online learning or digital workplaces?
    4. This session will consider the digital skills students need to develop at school, college and university and what we can do to help.
    5. It will draw on new findings from a research project with Year 12 and Access students undertaken by Goldsmiths, University of London and ImpactEd.
  13. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SIXTH FORMS FROM SEPTEMBER 2021?
    1. Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist, ASCL
    2. Although Sixth Form Leaders will be understandably absorbed with summer grades, student recruitment and supporting students to progress to their second year of sixth form, it is important to life our sights to the medium and long-term issues impacting on post-16.
    3. This session will look at funding issues, the changing university application process, level 3 curriculum review and post-Covid blended learning approaches.
    4. In addition, some looking into the future by exploring the implications of the Skills for Jobs FE White Paper and post-level 3 curriculum review landscape.
  14. T LEVELS - DON'T THINK THEY ARE GOING DOWN THE SAME ROAD AS 14-19 DIPLOMAS!
    1. Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist, ASCL
    2. The roll-out of T levels continues and delegates need to keep up-to-date with the programme, the implication on Btec National provision (will they continue to be funded qualifications?) and the time-scale to bid for T Levels.
    3. T Levels do not look to be going down the same path as '14-19 Diplomas' and so it is timely for centres to get reacquainted with them.
    4. For centres already offering T Levels, we will run a break-out for you to share challenges and solutions.
  15. DEALING WITH CHALLENGES FACING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
    1. George Morton, Reading Bluecoat School
    2. George will host this optional break-out session to help colleagues working in the independent sector to share their unique challenges and solutions.
    3. George is a regular presenter at the NetSixthForm annual Autumn and Summer conferences and delegates always appreciate his support and his approach to sharing many of the strategies he has developed in his successful centre.
  16. YOUR CAREER: MOVING TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP GROUP ROLES (AHT AND DHT)
    1. Danielle Thurlow, Director of Post-16 & Careers - Odyssey Trust for Education
    2. This optional break-out will help delegates interested to moving on to either an AHT position or Deputy HeadTeacher roles.
    3. This short session will discuss ethical leadership and leadership priorities, alongside practical strategies for Head of Sixth Forms to implement to showcase impact and strategic thinking.
    4. Maintaining professional and personal integrity is of paramount importance in any journey to the top, so this session discusses how to climb the right way up.
  17. UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS MEGA-TRENDS: MAKING YOUR EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMME CUTTING EDGE
    1. PwC Schools Engagement Team
    2. Learn more about 5 global shifts that are changing the way we live and do business.
    3. We'll discuss what defines a mega-trend, some of the recent technological breakthroughs we're seeing, and what this means for you and the change in skills required in the workplace.
    4. This session will enhance your post-16 employability programme by keeping tutors and their students up-to-date with current trends.
  18. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS: HOW STUDENTS CAN APPLY RECENT SKILLS LEARNT TO THEIR FUTURE CAREER PLANS
    1. Susan Henderson, Head of Future Students
    2. The session will consider how students have reflected on lessons learned, skills developed and how their understanding of their own strengths has increased through Covid.
    3. It will draw on findings from research including focus groups with current students and a review of how new skills are being applied to future career plans.
    4. Suggestions will be made as to how sixth form students can apply skills gained to create successful applications for post-18 options.
  19. CRUNCH TIME: SUPPORTING BOTH YEAR 12 AND 13 OVER THE NEXT TWO CRUCIAL MONTHS
    1. Dan Keller, CEO, Unifrog
    2. The next couple of months are an important time when it comes to both Year 12 and 13s considering their post-school futures, be it long term planning or preparing for Results Day.
    3. Dan will be sharing Unifrog's latest insights from student surveys and platform trends across Unifrog's 2,500 partner schools to understand where students are finding success, where they're struggling, and how else we can help.
    4. Dan will also provide updates on what Unifrog are doing this year (in collaboration with several universities) to support schools when it comes to Results Day and Clearing guidance and preparation.
  20. THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP: TUTORIAL RESOURCE
    1. Stephen Thomas, NetSixthForm Resources Editor
    2. In this session, Stephen will go through the reasons why sleep is so important to encourage students to take the issue seriously.
    3. Stephen has created an informative resource that you can supply to your tutors to help them develop better sleep habits amongst their tutees.
    4. The resources also comes with a helpful video which subscribers can use along with other materials to draw on.

Information for exhibitors »All prices exclude VAT

Date:
Friday 25 June 2021

Location:
Online

Speakers

Speakers confirmed so far

Dr Alex Pryce, Foundation Year Course Director, University of Cambridge

Samantha Sykes, Lead Digital Learning Developer, UCAS

Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Bath

Kate Johnston, Deputy Headteacher, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Dan Keller, CEO, Unifrog

Stephen Thomas, NetSixthForm Resources Editor

Peter Radford, Beyond This, PSHE Specialist

Michael Senior, CEO NetSixthForm 

Richard Judd, Independent Careers Adviser

Joe Follows, Head of Sixth Form, Seaford Independent School

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

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

PwC Schools Engagement Team

Elizabeth McCullough, UK Student Recruitment Manager, Goldsmiths, University of London

George Morton, Head of Sixth Form, Reading Bluecoat School

Jon Hering, The Inspiration Learning Group

Susan Sharp, Trust Director of Post 16, Redhill Academy Trust


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Universities confirmed so far

University of Cambridge

University of Bath

University of Leicester

University of Winchester

Goldsmiths, University of London

Plus

Unifrog - official sponsor

Pathways CTM

PwC

The Inspiration Learning Group (TiLG)


Conference Reviews

'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

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