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FUNDING - CURRICULUM MODELS TO HELP CATER TO LOWER PERFORMING STUDENTS
Panellists include Lizzie Leek, Assistant Principal: Post 16, St. Peter's Collegiate Academy
What do centres offer lower performing students that cater to their needs and lead to positive outcomes and high retention?
By offering imaginative pathways, student recruitment can increase, offering genuine educational value whilst also helping contribute to a financially viable sixth form.
SAFEGUARDING: HOW ARE CENTRES MANAGING STUDENTS OFF-SITE DURING SCHOOL HOURS?
Speakers: Lizzie Leek, Assistant Principal: Post 16, St. Peter's Collegiate Academy and Jo Holgate, Assistant Principal KS5, Chelsea Academy
One area that appears to be of increasing concern, particularly with recent inspections, is managing post 16 students leaving and returning from the site during school hours.
Every centre has its own circumstances, so we have invited a range of Heads of Sixth Form to outline their processes.
Delegates will either gain some fresh ideas or will feel assured that their own systems are as good as anywhere else.
HIGHER EDUCATION BRIEFING FOR SIXTH FORM LEADERS: KEEPING UP-TO-DATE
Mike Nicholson, Deputy Head of Education Services, University of Cambridge as well as Vice Chair of Council, UCAS
So much is changing in the world of HE that we have invited Mike Nicholson again to start the conference with a summary of the key policy changes and areas of note of which Heads of Sixth Form need to be aware.
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THE CHANGING POST-16 LANDSCAPE 2022-3 AND BEYOND: WHAT DO HEADS OF SIXTH FORM NEED TO KNOW
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:
What has been happening in sixth form education?
A round-up from summer 2022 results - what subjects are on the rise/fall? Implications?
What happened to the first cohort of T levels students. Implications?
What is happening over the next year?
The continued roll-out of T levels and the next stage in the BTEC defunding process. Implications for curriculum planning and funding?
Level 2 Review - outcomes and defunding of quals - implications for curriculum planning?
Accountability - return of performance tables. New legal obligations around CEIAG - so-called PAL (provider access legislation)
Results in summer 2023 -likely implications of new standards
UCAS & HE entry - update on competition for places, new code of practice in offer-making and personal statements
Funding update including the extra 40 hours
What might be happening longer-term?
What's on the government agenda - rise of the 14-19 English Baccalaureate?
What's on the opposition agenda? - shake-up at L2 and L3 on skills and apprenticeships, return of the EMA?
TEACHING CONSENT AND BOYS- SHARING RESEARCH FINDINGS EXPLORING BOYS' VIEWS ON THE TOPIC OF CONSENT
Speaker: Nicole Rodden, Co-founder Life Lessons and Dr Emily Setty, Programme Director for Criminology, University of Surrey
Everyone's Invited and the 2021 Ofsted report into sexual harassment in schools has helped to surface the normalisation of sexual harassment between young people with the majority of this abuse happening from boys to girls.
For things to change, boys must recognise that they are part of the solution. Life Lessons, in partnership with University of Surrey, carried out research to explore what boys are being taught related to consent, how they can change the current situation.
Hear from Life Lessons co-founder, Nicole Rodden, and Dr Emily Setty, University of Surrey, discussing the findings from the research and practical tips that schools can take away from this research to embed within their classrooms.
IMPROVING OUTCOMES AND THE POST 16 LEARNING EXPERIENCE: HOW TO HELP TEACHERS UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS
Speaker: Michael Senior, Founder NetSixthForm
How do Sixth Form Leaders support departments with lower value add? One key strategy is to improve the learning experience of students by helping the teachers better understand their students' needs - are the lessons too quick, too slow? is the homework helpful or not? are their resources that appeal more to some students than others?
Michael will share a practical way of implementing a 'learning conversation' between every teacher and every student that is quick to carry out and stays outside of any 'management tool' - so it is viewed by teachers and professional associations as 'safe' and non-controversial.
The session will provide the adaptable materials and guidance to help delegates implement it within their centre with relatively little need for extra work.
This practical strategy can be really helpful for supporting teachers who are finding it a challenge to deliver on outcomes or where there are relationship issues between the teacher and the students which we know can occur for a wide range of reasons and can be very hard to resolve.
UCAS UPDATE 2024 ENTRY - CHANGES TO PERSONAL STATEMENTS AND TEACHER REFERENCES
Speakers: Samantha Sykes, Digital Learning Manager and Kim Eccleston, Head of Strategy, UCAS plus Elliot Newstead, Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach, University of Leicester
Sam will outline the state of play with the developments at UCAS to change for format required of personal statements and references.
Sam will also brief delegates on other key matters at UCAS that will help ensure delegates stay up-to-date.
PERSONAL STATEMENTS: HELPING STUDENTS TO WRITE MORE SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SECTIONS
Speaker: Katie Barrow, Schools Liaison, University of Lincoln
Robotics, nursing, sociology (which has experienced and increase in popularity recently) are some of the areas which Katie will address in this resources-driven, practical session.
A former experiences sixth form leader, Katie has produced a powerpoint written in a student-friendly way which will be shared with delegates to re-use in your centre.
Tutors will appreciate the provision of the this helpful session and the resources that are provided with it.
NAILING YOUR YEAR 12 ENROLMENT DAY WITH A SMOOTH, DIGITAL PROCESS
Speaker: 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.
TRANSITION FROM YEAR 11 INTO SIXTH FORM: ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS
Speaker: Danielle Thurlow, Deputy Headteacher, London South East Academies Trust
How do sixth forms discover the needs of students arriving in their sixth form?
What can centres do to address the range of needs to help bridge the gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged?
Having worked in centres from a grammar school, comprehensive and an alternative provision centre, Danielle is well placed to be able to focus sharply on the contrast of need.
UNIVERSITY PANEL: ASK YOUR QUESTIONS TO A RANGE OF EXPERIENCED RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS OFFICER
Panellists include a range of universities including Cambridge, Leicester, Lancaster, 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.
SUPPORTING DISADVANTAGED SIXTH FORMERS
Speaker, Alex O'Connor, Student Talent Lead at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity offers completely free online mentoring support for disadvantaged sixth form students who have the potential to aim for the UK's top universities.
Alex will outline how to access the free mentoring, share what's involved to support students as well as show delegates how easy the process is to get your students involved.
SUPPORTING LOW ATTAINING STUDENTS - CHANGING STUDENT HABITS TO HELP THEM WORK HARDER AND SMARTER
Speaker: Michael Senior, Founder Net Sixth Form
The first few weeks of making friends in Year 12 will be over by November and all the non-study habits have set in by this stage. It is now a task to 'unlearn' the habits which get in the way of studying and start to create new, more successful habits.
Drawing on findings from 'Atomic Habits', Michael will present how he uses the research to inform the way in which habits are learned and changed to help low achievers develop the habits of high achievers.
HOW UNIVERSITIES ARE RECOGNISING STUDENT POTENTIAL USING NEW CONTEXTUAL ADMISSIONS DATA - UCAS MULTIPLE EQUALITY MEASURE (MEM) - FOR 2023 ENTRY
Speaker: Scott Knight, Head of Outreach, University of East Anglia
Contextual admissions is one way that universities are working to provide equal access to HE study for students, regardless of their background or experiences.
This session will give an overview of contextual admissions, how they can improve equality of opportunity for disadvantaged students.
UEA are also trialling the use of a new contextual data set UCAS MEM (Multiple Equality Measure) for 2023 entry, alongside a series of "value added" contextual admissions schemes linked to partnerships and long term outreach programmes. Given that MEM might be used more broadly, the session will briefly outline how UEA are measuring the impact to ensure that we support both access to HE and student success once students arrive.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE 2022 UCAS APPLICATION CYCLE? THE EXPECTATIONS GAP 2023 AND IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Speaker: James Seymour, Director of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment, University of Gloucestershire
With the number of applications on the rise, the climate of competition for under-graduate places is changing.
James will explore the 2022 UCAS application cycle and will outline the implications for Heads of Sixth Form in terms of supporting students with their expectations and HE choices for 2023/24
The session will also brief delegates on the 'reject by default' and 'decline by default' data 2022 and what we can learn from that in terms of the student experience this summer 2023.
GETTING THROUGH YOUR OFSTED INSPECTION: PRACTICAL ADVICE AND STRATEGIES
Speaker: Danielle Thurlow, Deputy Headteacher, London South East Academies Trust
Danielle has recently experienced an Ofsted inspection which was at the challenging end of the spectrum yet post 16 provision was well regarded.
Having led in both a grammar school and comprehensive, Danielle is well placed to share practical advice about how to prepare for inspection.
This session will also draw on judgements from a wide range of inspections to help provide a wider overview of the key areas to address to help you in your centre.
WHY DO WE NEED INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING?
Speaker: Ed Fidoe, Chief Exec at The London Interdisciplinary School
Currently, the school curriculum in the UK is constructed as if the goal is for everyone to become an expert in a single subject. Pupils are made to gradually narrow down the range of subjects they study, covering even fewer areas until they end up with one field of post-school study.
So, at LIS, we have designed a curriculum that allows students to explore multiple disciplinary perspectives in order to understand and tackle complex problems, like inequality, sustainability and the ethics of AI.
In this session, you'll hear from Ed Fidoe, Co-founder of The London Interdisciplinary School, and School 21, on how we're introducing students to interdisciplinary learning, and how you can do this within the classroom.
APPROACHING STUDENT FINANCE - KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY ENTRY IN 2023
Speaker: Carl Griffiths, UK Student Recruitment Manager, University of Lancaster
There are some key changes to expect from Student Finance for this year for students and supporters to be aware of.
Carl will be addressing when and how to apply, as well as some of the nuances of Student Finance for those with specific circumstances.
There will also be signposting for useful resources, and a full presentation will be available with key information on the processes and deadlines to expect.
MANAGING SAFEGUARDING FOR CHILD-ON-CHILD SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE IN POST-16 SETTINGS - THE ROLE OF ALL SCHOOL STAFF
Speaker: Laura Page, Education Consultant: SEND and Safeguarding whole-school improvement , Schools Supported
An exploration of the sensitive topic of safeguarding children involved in sexual harassment or violence in schools.
Supporting perpetrators and victims, working with authorities and understanding the law and guidance around unhealthy or abusive relationships between peers.
This session will point out some important dos and don'ts based on Laura's experience of dealing with these matters over many years.
HOW TO MAXIMISE THE IMPACT OF YOUR 16-19 TUITION FUNDING
Speaker: Cath Bryant, Head of Education Partnerships, MyTutor
With November resit results around the corner, there are likely to be a number who will still need to resit in the summer who will need more support to get over the line.
Sixth form and college leaders will also be looking for effective and targeted ways to support their under-performing students to help them reach their target grades and full potential.
MyTutor will give a brief intro to their online tuition platform, which allows A-Level students to get personalised support from university tutors with subject-level experience. Tutoring sessions also teach valuable study skills & exam techniques to boost confidence ahead of exam season.
BLOOM: A FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESILIENCE BUILDING PROGRAMME BY MENTAL HEALTH UK
Speaker: Lauren Quigley, Bloom Engagement Officer, North of England
Bloom is the largest FREE UK-wide programme for 14-18-year-olds which focuses on supporting young people's mental health resilience.
The programme launched in September 2019, thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group.
Delivered in schools and colleges, Bloom equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life's transitions, both now and in the future.
In this session, find out how Bloom can support both teachers and students in your schools, as well as the impact they have had so far.
CLOSING THE DISADVANTAGE GAP: DESTINATION RESEARCH TRENDS AND TOOLS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN FINDING THEIR BEST NEXT STEP
Charley Fowler: UK Education Lead and Area Manager at Unifrog
With 1.2million students using the platform, and 40,000 logins every day, Unifrog's data insights provide a unique view into the destination research trends of UK students.
With the disadvantage gap being evident in opportunity shortlisting, Charley explains how teachers and students can utilise tools on Unifrog to broaden student horizons, gain access to direct links with universities and employers, and receive tailored opportunities for them based on their interests.