We are pleased to offer our  2020 Sixth Form Leadership Conference which focuses on the latest key issues, new directions and important priorities currently in sixth forms. This conference is packed full of practical strategies and approaches across 13 sessions and promises to be an informative, valuable and stimulating day for leaders in sixth forms in schools, sixth form colleges and further education colleges.


  • Gain approaches to developing a culture of excellence, of high expectations and high aspirations
  • Hear from top performing sixth forms on gaining Outstanding in the new , rigorous EIF
  • Take away strategies on how to design and develop a challenging curriculum that enables students to achieve and often exceed expectations
  • The changing sixth form landscape: find out the latest on the changes
  • Student mental health: tackling the biggest challenges facing safeguarding in sixth forms
  • Gain strategies on leading change to improve performance
  • Explore strategies on what works well to assess accurately with the fully linear A Levels


Bill Watkin  Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Sara Russell  Principal, Peter Symonds College

Richard Ronksley – Principal, Rochdale Sixth Form College

Peter Kennedy – Principal, Franklin College

Paula Blakemore Vice Principal, Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Julie Peaks  Deputy Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College

Mark Lucid – Assistant Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College

Marcus Smith-Connor – Vice Principal, Huddersfield New College

Kam Rogerson – Assistant Principal, Huddersfield New College

Jamie Davies  Assistant Principal. Wyke Sixth Form College

Rob Myatt  Deputy Principal, Birkenhead Sixth Form College

DATE London | Friday 25 June 2021
  • Headteachers, Vice Principals, Deputy Principals
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Heads, Deputies and Senior Leaders in FE Colleges
  • Sixth Form Leaders
  • Heads of FE
  • Heads of Sixth Form
  • Heads of MATs and Trust Alliances
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


9.50 – 10.00am: Introduction & Welcome

10.00 – 10.45am: Creating and Developing a Culture of Excellence, High Aspirations, High Achievement

Sara Russell Principal, Peter Symonds College


11.05 – 11.35am: The Latest on the Challenges Facing Sixth Forms

Bill Watkin Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

11.35 – 12.15pm: Full Linear Qualifications: Supporting Students to Exceed Their Expectations

  • 2020 -Following an inspection in January 2020 Ashton Sixth Form college was awarded ‘Outstanding’. The college is the first sixth form provider to convert from Good to Outstanding under the new rigorous EIF.
  • 2020 – The DfE recently ranked Ashton Sixth Form College the best college in the borough for student progress for the fourth year running.

With students sitting fully linear qualifications for the first time, the college has demonstrated that they can support students to exceed their expectations.  This session discusses how it was achieved

12.15pm – 1.05pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS  1

1A: Assessing With Confidence in the Fully Linear A Levels
  • Are we assessing enough/too much?
  • What works well?
  • A practical session on the principles and practices needed to ensure high quality and accurate assessment

Julie Peaks – Deputy Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College
Mark Lucid – Assistant Principal, TLA, Wyke Sixth Form College

1B:  High Performing Staff
  • Developing high-performing 6th Form students who achieve excellent results
  • Accurately identifying best practice and areas for improvement to sustain high quality provision for all
  • Eradicating areas of under-performance swiftly
  • Well planned staff development
1C Student mental health: the biggest challenge facing safeguarding in sixth form colleges
  • How to build resilience and help students  stop medicalising normal emotions
  • The role of the Fitness for Study process verses the Disciplinary process
  • Empowering staff by providing in-house Mental Health First Aid training as standard staff development
  • The role of a Designated Mental Health Lead in a sixth form

Paula Blakemore – Vice Principal, Birkenhead Sixth Form College

1.05 – 2.00pm LUNCH

2.00 – 2.50pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS  2

2A: Post-16 Ofsted: the impact of the EIF on Sixth Forms
  • Deep Dives
  • Data/ data investigations/data relevance
  • The increased involvement of Middle Leaders

Richard Ronksley, Principal, Rochdale Sixth Form College

2B: Leadership – high performing SLT teams

This session will explore four key principles which underpin high performing teams and the implications that these principles have on the roles, behaviour and expectations of members of the Senior Leadership Team

Marcus Smith-Connor, Vice Principal, Huddersfield New College

2C: What to expect from the reformed BTECS?

In September 2017, Birkenhead Sixth Form College moved all their BTEC courses over to the reformed BTECs with external assessment. Almost 3 years on Rob will share his experiences with these new qualifications ahead of the major move this September including lessons learnt and potential pitfalls to watch out for. He will also share his view on how these qualifications could be changed either further in attempt to safeguard their future.

Rob Myatt, Deputy Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College


3.00 – 3.50pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3

3A Leading change to improve performance: high expectations

Setting. monitoring and meeting performance targets can form a virtuous cycle of improvement. The session will consider strategies for improving performance, drawing on and integrating processes of appraisal, self-assessment and quality improvement planning.

Peter Kennedy, Principal, Franklin College

3B: T Levels, BTEC changes from QCF to RQF & Links to Careers

This session will briefly outline:

  • How we have successfully promoted industry Placements within vocational curriculum areas.
  • Strategies to support the vocational curriculum areas with the smooth transition from QCF to RQF.
  • How the Careers Department supports the work of Pastoral and Curriculum areas.

Kam Rogerson, Vice Principal, Curriculum Huddersfield New College

3C Using the new EIF Data Recommendations to aid improvement and success

How to use the data and deep dives to aid teaching and learning and enhance outcomes

How to use department Deep Dives to build a culture of trust and transparency (Post 16) OR How to use department deep dives to drive improvement

Jamie Davies Assistant Principal. Wyke Sixth Form College

12th Annual Sixth Form Leadership Conference