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FE & Skills Showcase

Post 14

Inclusion and Exclusion in Post 14 Education

‌Seen as a champion of social justice, the FE and Skills sector provides educational opportunities for adults and young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. However, the series of cuts to the public sector over the last decade has meant that the educational opportunities afforded are diminishing and the learning divide between the advantaged and disadvantaged is growing.

In light of this, our showcase event aims to provide attendees with a broad range of knowledge, skills and experiences related to inclusion and exclusion in the Post-14 sector. It provides opportunities for attendees to extend their network and participate in workshops related to the topic.

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Saturday 6 May, 2017

10.00am Welcome to the showcase (Dan Williams)
10.05am Keynote 1: Bradley Lightbody – FE Consultant and Speaker

Workshop 1

1a) Sarah Simons leading UKFEChat discussion panel with inclusion experts and PGCE/CertEd trainees

1b) Paul Warren on effective use of Learning Support Assistants

1c) Hilary Nunns on effective management of ADHD 


Workshop 2

2a) Vicky Duckworth & Rob Smith share the ‘Transformational Further Education’ project

2b) Oliver Caviglioli on ‘dual coding’ to support inclusion

2c) TBC


Keynote 2: Shakira Martin – NUS Vice President (FE)

12.15pm Lunch and showcase of PGCE/Cert Ed trainee work
1pm Keynote 3: Tom Bennett Government Behaviour Czar 
1.30pm Practitioner Research Exhibition (OL1, OL2)
3pm Close


Bradley Lightbody

Bradley has enjoyed a 35 year career in Further Education and has held senior posts across Sixth Form, Adult Education, Teacher Training, Quality and Learning Resource management. He was also an Additional Inspector with Ofsted before entering educational consultancy with Collegenet.co.uk. His primary teaching role was History and his History textbooks on ‘The Cold War’ and ‘The Second World War’ are on A-Level and university reading lists. In 2009 he published ‘Outstanding teaching and learning 14-19’. The Second Edition was released in 2012 but is now out of print. In addition Bradley published ‘The i-Learning revolution: a new pedagogy’ which details how Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) are poised to transform teaching and learning to the advantage of all. Bradley is currently writing ‘Great Lessons: theory into practice’ which will be released Autumn 2017. When he is not speaking at conferences you will find him atop Malham Cove.

Shakira Martin

Shakira Martin is Vice President (Further Education) at the National Union of Students, and former President of Lewisham Southwark College Students’ Union. She has studied a number of courses including ILM Leadership and Management and most recently completed her Diploma in Education and Training (DET). As a single mother of two beautiful girls, Shakira knows first-hand the power of education to transform lives. Further education has given her 10 years’ worth of chances to break the cycle of deprivation, be a role model to her children and develop the confidence to stand for a national position at NUS. Her passion for education has particularly developed over the last 4 years through overcoming the adversity of her pass experiences. As NUS Vice-President, Shakira focuses on improving the representation of further education unions in NUS and wider society. She campaigns for employers and the government to value the support that further education institutions provide for local communities in the face of drastic funding cuts. In particular she campaigns on behalf of the most marginalised student groups: black, women, disabled, international and LGBT people.

‌Tom Bennett‌

Tom Bennett is the Department for Education's 'Behaviour Czar' and advises on behaviour policy. He coaches and trains teachers and schools in behaviour policies, classroom practices and teacher training. His book 'The Behaviour Guru' has been given to all new members of the NUT for the past four years. In 2015 he was long listed as one of the world's top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize, and in the same year made the Huffington Post's 'Top ten Global Bloggers' list. His TES online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times. In his spare time he writes about education, and runs researchED, which he founded in 2013.

Sarah Simons

Sarah Simons began her work in Further Education in 2008, following a long career as an actor and screenwriter. Since then she has taught English and drama in a number of FE colleges and in a range of adult education provisions, working extensively with people who have learning difficulties and disabilities. She has contributed to a range of education publications, has been a regular TES columnist and broadcaster for the past 7 years and is a judge on The TES FE Awards. Sarah is director of UKFEchat, a community of like-minded FE professionals who meet weekly on Twitter to debate, share and collaborate. The group enjoys real life get togethers around the UK, holds an annual national conference, in addition to organising regular discussions with senior sector leaders.

Paul Warren

Paul Warren has worked in Further and Adult Community Education for the last 13 years as a learning support worker, academic support tutor and lecturer.

He has a keen interest in the relationship between providing Learning Support and independent/autonomous learning.  



‌Hilary Nunns

Hilary Nunns is a teacher with subject specialism in Business/ICT and (more recently) Functional Maths. Recognised as an Advanced Practitioner and formerly in charge of Additional Learning Support, Hilary uses many methods to promote independent learning among disengaged students of all ages. After many years’ experience teaching and supporting students such as: Looked After Children, youth offenders, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, ODD, BESD/SEMH, ADHD, Aspergers/Autism in a mainstream learning environment, this led to a collaboration under a government funded project to disseminate good practice across Surrey colleges.  Hilary was appointed the Behaviour Lead which was the platform for launching Can Do Courses in 2010. Now working as a training consultant but also teaching in a Functional Skills environment, the training Hilary provides is designed to help others to increase knowledge of pedagogical approaches, and classroom management strategies, for working with these learners.   She has an excellent reputation for engaging ‘difficult’ students as partners in their education and achieving positive responses to ideas about different ways to behave and learn.

Oliver Caviglioli 

‌Oliver Caviglioli was a one-time special school head teacher, author and trainer.

Now a visualiser of educational ideas and processes.

Oliver draws from evidence by working with academics and teachers. 



Rob Smith

Dr Rob Smith is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University and Di-rector of the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE).

His body of work explores the impact of funding and marketisation on FE pro-vision.  He has researched and written extensively in collaboration with FE and HE practitioners. 

His recent research with Vicky Duckworth focuses on further education as a space for transformative learning. Recent writing includes Building Colleges for the Future: what the Ugly Sisters have to tell us about FE, a chapter in Daley, M., Orr, K., & Petrie, J. (eds) (2015) Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, London:  Institute of Education Press.  

Vicky Duckworth 

Dr Vicky Duckworth, a former FE student and teacher, is a Reader in Education at Edge Hill University. Vicky has developed considerable expertise as an educationalist and researcher in the field of  Adult Literacy and Education. She is deeply committed to challenging inequality through critical and emancipatory approaches to education, widening participation, inclusion, community action and engaging in research with a strong social justice agenda. Presently she is leading a UCU funded research project (with Dr Rob Smith) which  aims to understand and provide evidence of how the further education (FE) sector is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st century Britain. She  is a member of a number of National and International networks, which includes her role as trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation (http://www.hkf.org.uk/), the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (http://arpce.org.uk/about/) and co-convener of the BERA Social justice and Education SIG. Throughout her career Vicky has published widely which consists of authoring and editing books, most recently this includes: Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners (Routledge, 2013); Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society: Exploring a social model of literacy (Routledge 2014); Adult Literacy Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism (Palgrave 2015).




This event is sponsored by the following: 


The Society for Education and Training have kindly donated a one year membership to award to one of the partnership trainees who will be showcasing their work on the day. 

ATL and Twinkl resources are kindly donating a host of goodies for all attendees to take away.

A number of authors from the FE sector have kindly donated signed books for the event. These will serve as prizes for the day.