On 11 and 12th November, over 300 delegates convened in Leicester for the annual flagship conference for experts in awarding and assessment.

The conference saw contributions from over 60 speakers, and delegates chose to attend from 12 seminars over the two days.

The conference was opened by Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Co-Chair of the Federation. In her opening speech, Kirstie called for a re-set moment in taking the awarding and assessment industry forward. Kirstie’s full speech can be accessed here.

The theme of the conference ‘Delivering for the learner and society in challenging times’ covered themes such as:

As we emerge from the pandemic:
– How can we continue to build an awarding and assessment industry that’s fit for the future?
– What lessons can we learn from to carry into the future?
– What does the future of qualifications and assessment look like?
– How can the UK education and skills system lead the global skills race?
– How can we build a more progressive and inclusive awarding and assessment industry?

Some of the highlights of the conference are available to watch on playback below.

Opening speech by Kirstie Donnelly MBE and speech from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Skills) Alex Burghart MP.

Keynote speech from Dr Jo Saxton followed by a panel session with the UK Regulators.

Forging a new working relationship with IfATE in a changing regulatory landscape.

Skills World Live Radio Show broadcast live from FAB 2021

What does the Skills Bill & Qualifications Reform really mean for the FE Sector?

How does the UK win the global skills race?

Presentations from FAB 2021 Seminars

Ofqual VTQ research – How CASLO (QCF style) qualifications work

Ofqual Statutory Guidance – Designing and developing accessible assessments

Creating skills growth in emerging markets for educational exports – delivered by Olivia Bussey

Building cross-sector consensus to develop skills for the green economy

Legal hints and tips for CEOs and senior leaders: running an AO in the wake of the pandemic

Developing a career framework in awarding and assessment

What makes a good responsible officer?

Implementing the Post 16 Qualifications Review for level 3 technical qualifications

Supporting neurodiverse learners through reasonable adjustments

The Long Term Assurance model – Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Nurturing talent to enable success

Board nominated charity for FAB 2021

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Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chair
Alan Woods OBE, Chair
Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies
Alex Burghart MP,
Skills & Apprenticeships Minister