Wellington Festival of Education 2019

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Thursday June 20, 2019 - Thursday June 20, 2019

09:30 - 17:15

Wellington College

Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU

The annual Festival of Education at Wellington College brings together the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change, teachers and policy makers.

We are pleased to announce that we have been chosen to host a series of sessions discussing some of the key issues in education.

These sessions will take place on Day 1 of the festival, Thursday 20 June, with times for sessions still to be confirmed, so please keep checking this page or follow us on Twitter @TheNFER for updated information. In the meantime, to find out more about the event, please visit the Festival of Education website.

More information on this year’s NFER sessions titled ‘What lies ahead for education in England’ are listed below:

T Levels – how are plans progressing?

NFER’s Education to Employment expert, Suzanne Straw, will launch our new research on T-Levels at the Festival of Education. Joined by sector expert and leading sector journalist, Cath Murray of Schools Week, this research looks at how FE colleges, FE/HE institutions, sixth-form colleges, schools, UTCs and independent providers are preparing to deliver the first three T-Levels in construction, digital and education.

Transforming technical education is a key part of the Government’s commitment to creating a world-class skills system in England. T-Levels, targeted at young people aged 16-19 years as a technical alternative to A-levels, are being introduced from September 2020. But just how ready are the first 52 providers to introduce the first sectors within this extensive reform programme? Come along to Wellington College to find out more.

Flexible working in Schools – how to make it work

Jack Worth, NFER’s School Workforce Lead, is returning to the Festival of Education. Armed with key insights into teacher recruitment and retention, Jack will also be presenting findings from our  new part-time and flexible working research report, due to be published this spring.

The issue of teacher recruitment and retention is currently one of the main education policy challenges as a result of rising pupil numbers, shortfalls in the number of new trainee teachers and increases in the proportion of teachers leaving (or considering leaving) the profession. One solution NFER has promoted to help tackle the teacher supply challenge is for secondary schools in England to embrace flexible working. In this session  Jack will be discussing ways on how to make it work.

What reading tests tell us - Implications for teaching and learning

In this session, NFER Research Managers Anne Kispal and Jemma Coulton will present our most interesting findings about pupil misconceptions in answering certain types of questions. They will also cover the steps that pupils need to take to develop a good answer into a great one and offer our observations about how answers reveal useful information for further teaching.  

This information consists of a set of ‘implications for teaching’ derived from the common patterns of performance on different types of reading comprehension questions in the test.

This is a great opportunity for teachers and school leaders to find out what reading tests tell us and the implications for teaching and learning.

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