Wellington Festival of Education 2019

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Thursday June 20, 2019 - Friday June 21, 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 were chosen to host a series of sessions discussing some of the key issues in education.

These sessions took place on Day 1 of the festival, Thursday 20 June. 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:

Session 1 - T Levels – how are plans progressing?

Date: Thursday 20 June
Time: 12:20 - 13:00
Venue: Seb Faulks E3 & 4

NFER’s Education to Employment expert, Suzanne Straw, launched our new research on T-Levels at the Festival of Education. Joined by sector expert and leading sector journalist, Cath Murray of The Centre for Social Justice, 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?

Chair - Cath Murray (The Centre for Social Justice)


Presentation - T Levels: how are plans progressing? - Slides from NFER's Suzanne Straw

Presentation - T Levels: how are plans progressing? - Slides from Pearson's Suzanne Hall


Session 2 - What reading tests tell us - Implications for teaching and learning

Date: Thursday 20 June
Time: 14:15 - 14:55
Venue: Seb Faulks E3 & 4

In this session, NFER Research Managers Anne Kispal and Jemma Coulton presented their recent work on developing formative guidance for teachers based on NFER’s new Year 6 reading assessments. This guidance 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.

They outlined the process for arriving at this formative guidance, the most interesting findings about pupil misconceptions and strengths in answering certain type of questions and how the observations from summative assessments can reveal useful information for further teaching and learning.

Presentation - What reading tests tell us - Implications for teaching and learning


Session 3 - Flexible working in Schools – how to make it work

Date: Thursday 20 June
Time: 15:05 - 15:45
Venue: Seb Faulks E3 & 4

Jack Worth, NFER’s School Workforce Lead, returned to the Festival of Education, armed with key insights into teacher recruitment and retention. Jack also presented findings from our new part-time and flexible working research report.

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 discussed ways on how to make it work.

Chair - Jack Worth (NFER)


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