FAB Conference, 2019

FAB’s 2019 Annual Conference, held in Leicester on 10th and 11th October, was a hugely successful event with highly relevant and informative key note speakers and seminars and, topping the bill, a fabulous celebration of the work of the sector, the FAB Awards Gala Dinner. Thank you to all delegates, awards entrants and exhibitors for helping make the 2019 conference such an enjoyable and successful event.

2019 marked the fifth year of the FAB Awards and, in keeping with the growth of interest in these awards, there was a record number of entries, all of which were of an exceptionally high standard. Full details of the awards, the winners and the three independent judges are provided here.

FAB’s Chair, Paul Eeles, spoke on the first day; the title of his speech being that of the conference, ‘Diversity and Choice in Qualifications’. Given the recent statement made by the Secretary of State for Education in England, Gavin Williamson, of the government’s ambition of leapfrogging Germany in the field of technical education by 2029, Paul focused on the AO sector’s contribution to this challenge; the key issues the sector faces; and made the case for continued diversity and choice in qualifications in order to meet the needs of learners and employers.

You can read Paul’s speech here.

Ofqual’s Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, also a speaker on day one, focused on the importance of public confidence in regulated qualifications. While acknowledging that not every AO is currently engaged in all the qualification reforms and changes underway, she stated that, since public confidence affects every awarding organisation, the sector should reflect, engage, and ask itself challenging questions. She went on to talk about three particular areas where risks to public confidence have occurred and where Ofqual is already taking action to mitigate them: malpractice; inappropriate delegation of assessment judgements to centres; pressures placed on qualifications as a result of their use in school and college Performance Tables.

Sally’s speech is here.

To locate the other presentations from the conference, including those used in the seminars, together with a selection of photographs from the conference, follow this link.

You may have by now seen the conference supplement in FE Week – in case you haven’t the supplement can be seen here.