CONFERENCE AIMS

Sixth Forms are facing increasing and significantly different challenges, as the landscape in which they operate changes. With an increased need for a rich 16-19 curriculum to be developed, debate as to what an effective Sixth Form curriculum actually looks like, Sixth Form leadership teams will need to increase their expertise in designing, leading and assessing the success of their curriculum.

Heads of Sixth Form are also expected to deliver strong results, in a period of tougher linear A levels and with an increased need to demonstrate success against the eight Gatsby benchmarks. Fewer students achieved grades C and above in 2018 than the year before, indicating a need for new strategies to support teaching and learning in these more challenging qualification.
Sixth Forms will be required to provide evidence that their programme increases student employability, through meeting the Gatsby benchmarks for 2020 and have been warned that they risk losing their grant funding if that is not achieved.

The review of applied qualifications, including rewriting of BTEC qualifications and introduction of T-levels, has added further pressure to the role of Head of Sixth Form, with these developments occurring concurrently. The increased pressure on students within this changing system has led to issues with increased student mental health and anxiety, with an 85% increase in concern reported by Sixth Forms since 2015, there are significant challenges for Sixth Forms in 2019.

This conference provides the opportunity to gain insights into the latest evidence and educational thinking around what an effective 16-19 Curriculum looks like, as well as providing best practice case studies for ensuring that students gain post-16 educational resilience. Attendees will hear evidence-based information from educational experts on how to maximise the impact of employability programmes and utilising data in the most effective manner that ensures high achievement without dominating workloads, providing approaches which can be implemented immediately within their Sixth Form.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Herring, Assistant Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull

Anne King, Principal Moor Park Sixth Form College, Preston

Tim Oates CBE, Group director of assessment research and
development, Cambridge Assessment

Julie Peaks, Deputy Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull

Jay Trivedy, Former Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull

Bill Watkin, Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Kevin Watson, Principal BSix, Brooke House Sixth Form College

James Wildig, Assistant Principal, Cardinal Newman College, Preston

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Gain insights into the challenges faced by sixth forms in the current landscape
  • Exploring the questions around what a rich curriculum at 16 – 19 should look like, what kind of change is required to move the direction from the current to the future
  • Hear from leading experts and best practice case studies who are innovatively driving improvements in students outcomes across their sixth forms
  • Gain strategies on ways to develop sixth form curriculum leadership expertise
  • Find out more about how to maximise the potential of strong learning experiences for your staff to increase learning depth, detail, understanding and outcomes for students
  • Obtain a detailed case study on a successful integrated skills and employability programme
DATE Novotel London West, London W6 8DR
Friday 21 June 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
  • Headteachers and Principals
  • Heads of sixth forms
  • Deputy / Assistant leaders in Sixth Forms
  • Heads, Deputies and Senior Leaders in FE Colleges
  • Sixth Form Teachers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Directors of Academy Trusts
  • Heads of Academy Chains
  • School Improvement Leads
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Managers
  • Educational Research Professionals
CONFERENCE CODE 7510
INCLUDED
  • 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

 

9.50am
Introduction and Welcome

Jay Trivedy Former Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull


10.00am
The Challenges Facing Sixth Forms in the Current Landscape

Bill Watkin, Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association


10.50am
Morning Refreshments


11.10am
What Does an Effective 16 – 19 Curriculum look like?
Tim Oates CBE, Group director of assessment research and development, Cambridge Assessment

  • Exploring the questions around what a rich curriculum at 16 – 19 should look like, what kind of change is required to move the direction from the current 6th form curriculum position to a framework which builds in a more holistic approach with its core in the quality of education l
  • Embracing a powerful curriculum as a progression model in the sixth form

11.50am
3A: Developing 6th Form Curriculum Expertise in Leadership Teams
Anne King,  Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form, Moor Park School & Sixth Form, Preston.

  • The new curriculum changes, the objectives of the new curriculum framework and why we need to re-think the way our curriculum is delivered
  • How do we as leaders develop a richness to curriculum planning?
  • How do we continue to develop and lead curriculum expertise for 2020 and beyond?

3B: Maximising the Potential of Strong and Effective Learning Experiences
Kevin Watson, Principal, BSix Sixth Form College

  • Developing a culture of staff learning and learning expertise for whole school success and high performance
  • Designing a CPD programme which has at its core an inspiring culture of professional learning

12.50pm
Lunch


1.40pm
Workshop Option strand 1

1A Developing a Culture of Success and High Performance
Julie Peaks, Deputy Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull

  • Achieving high expectations and sustained excellence, together with powerful support to ensure that the correct principles are in place to move to Outstanding.

1B Cutting through the Data for High Achievement
James Wildig Assistant Principal, Cardinal Newman College, Preston

  • Ensuring data does not dominate but guides to enable high levels of success for all learners.
  • This session will have a particular focus on Cedar monitoring systems and value added measures such as ALPs.

1C Progressive Employability Planning
Anne King. Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form, Moor Park School & Sixth Form, Preston.

  • Integrating a two-year skills and employability programme into the wider curriculum; progressive employability planning including the E.P.Q, Work experience, Destinations and the Gatsby Benchmarks.

1D Maximising the Potential of Effective Learning Experiences
Kevin Watson, Principal, BSix Sixth Form College

  • A focus upon developing a culture of staff learning and learning expertise for whole school success and high performance
  • Designing an CPD programme which has at its core an inspiring culture of developing ideas, open dialogue and professional learning

2.35pm
Option strand 2

2A Quality of Education: Intent, Implementation and Impact
Anne King. Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form, Moor Park School & Sixth Form, Preston.

Practical strategies to lead change in teaching towards OFSTED compliancy under the new framework:

  • Leading and Planning effective learning.
  • Leading effective teaching to promote the curriculum objectives into policy levers.
  • Leading and demonstrating effective impact.

2B Creating a Pastoral System that Supports Students in Achieving Outstanding Outcomes
Chris Herring, Assistant Principal, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull

  • l Supporting students in preparing for the rigour of linear exams.
  • Resilience development strategies and revision strategies.
  • Helping teachers deal with ‘needy’ students’.
  • Responding to teenage mental health concerns in the context of exams.

2C Preparing Students for Russell Group Universities

  • What makes a suitable candidate for a Russell Group University?
  • Pre interview assessments
  • Preparing students for the interview l How to stand out from the crowd

2D Working With Vulnerable Sixth Form Students to Achieve Success
James Wildig, Assistant Principal, Cardinal Newman College, Preston

  • Developing pastoral care that really works through dynamic tutor teams and the strategies they use; with a particular focus on an outstanding model of support for the most vulnerable learners to remain engaged and academically successful.

3.40pm
Plenary and depart

Bill Watkin
Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Bill leads and oversees the work of the team and ensures that SFCA supports, champions and strengthens all members through his dealings with government, media, trade unions and other stakeholders.


Kevin Watson
Principal, BSix Sixth Form College

Kevin Watson has since September 2017 been Director of Learning at BSix. Prior to that Kevin was Principal at Leyton Sixth Form College (2009 to 2017), Principal at Richmond upon Thames College (2005 to 2008) and Principal at Winstanley College, Wigan (1998 to 2005). Kevin presided over significant improvement in the fortunes of each of these three institutions during his almost 20 years as Principal. Winstanley College was designated as Outstanding and, subsequently, a “Beacon”; Richmond upon Thames College rose from “Satisfactory” to “Good” in Ofsted terms; and similarly Leyton Sixth Form College moved from an Ofsted “Requires Improvement” to three consecutive “Good” judgments under Kevin’s leadership. Kevin has been Director of the London Sixth Form Partnership since its establishment in August 2016. Kevin has a First Class Honours degree in History from Clare College, Cambridge.


Tim Oates
Director of Assessment Research and Development Cambridge Assessment

Tim Oates is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, focussing on national and international research on assessment and measurement. More recently, he has undertaken wide-ranging international comparison of the performance of education systems, and advised OECD on its curriculum review work. In 2010 he published ‘Could do better’ which laid down the principles for the review of the National Curriculum in England. From 2010-2013, he was chair of the Expert Panel for Review of the National Curriculum. He has published widely on assessment and curriculum. He was a member of the Ofqual Vocational Standards Advisory Group. Tim routinely provides briefings and advice to UK and other governments. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. In 2015 he was awarded a CBE for services to education.


Anne King
Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form, Moor Park School & Sixth Form, Preston

Anne King has worked in a variety of sixth forms ranging from inner-city (initially low performing) sixth forms to some of the top performing sixth forms in the country.  Throughout her career Anne has been constantly been assessed as an “Outstanding” practitioner in every inspection.  In January 2014 Anne commenced the role has Head of Sixth Form at Moor Park High School a recently established sixth form (of 3 months) from a blank canvas developing both the Curriculum and Pastoral programmes to ensure that students developed to be rounded young adults.

By 2018 student numbers had grown consistently every year, and with educational research to underpin her methodology the quality of education had developed to meet the need of the students.  Moor Park Sixth Form was the top performing school sixth form for value added in 2017 with an outstanding ALPS grade.  In April 2018 an OFSTED inspection was conducted and the sixth form achieved OUTSTANDING in all areas. Anne was referred to as a “Powerhouse“ with “high expectations for all”. Comments from the inspection stated “Teaching in the sixth form is excellent”. “Leaders accurately say that the curriculum reflected their vision of an inclusive sixth form”. “Leaders ensure that the students’ curriculum is a rich experience” and “Careers guidance is a strength of the sixth form”.


James Wildig
Assistant Principal, Cardinal Newman College, Preston

James Wildig is Assistant Principal for Students at Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College in Preston.  Over the last decade he has developed an outstanding pastoral system which embodies the Catholic ethos of care and support, whilst using careful analysis of data and use of Cedar monitoring systems to ensure high achievement in all learners. James has worked closely with the Cedar development team to advise on pastoral and curriculum monitoring tools to allow a user friendly platform.  He continues to visit Sixth Forms across the UK, in a consultancy role, to explain how to use Cedar monitoring systems effectively to fully support outstanding outcomes for learners.