FE Showcase 2020

This event has been cancelled with no further bookings being taken at this time. At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors must be our primary concern. We hope to reschedule the event in due course and once confirmed it will be listed on derby.ac.uk/events. For any inquiries please contact events@derby.ac.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you at a future event. 

Our FE Showcase provides an opportunity to engage in research and evidence-based practice relevant to teaching in the post-14 sector. It will provide you with the opportunity to extend your network and participate in a day of workshops.

The event is centered around 'evidence-based practice', with a showcase, workshops and keynote speakers. Our event values all evidence to support practitioner development and delegates will be given the opportunity to observe how trainee teachers make use of a range of evidence to solve their own classroom-based problems.

Our event is open to current students, staff working in post-14 sectors and those with an interest in post-14 education.

Two students talking in a seminar in a classroom.
A student working on a Ipad in a classroom seminar.


10am Kirtley Hall Welcome to the Showcase Dan Williams
10:10am-10:50am Kirtley Hall Keynote 1: Research and creativity in teaching and learning Bradley Lightbody
10:55am-11:50am Kirtley Hall, K104, K204, K102, K005 Workshop 1a: Dual coding
Workshop 1b: ATS journey workshop
Workshop 1c: ILT in the classroom workshop
Workshop 1d: Motivation techniques and strategies
Workshop 1e: Oldham College teaching for distinction
Workshop 1f: ‘Artifactual Literacy’ action research
Oliver Caviglioli, Annie Pendrey, Mark Tinney, Steven Bills, Sinead Blackledge, Petra Melville
11:55am-12:25pm Kirtley Hall Keynote 2: Applications of positive psychology in further education Dorota Majcher-Tinney
12:25pm-1:25pm Kirtley Hall Lunch and showcase: find out how we promote the use of research at the University of Derby (UoD). Visit the ‘evidence-based practice/action research market stalls’ of trainees from across the UoD Post 14 ITE partnership. N/A 
1:30pm-2:25pm Kirtley Hall, K104, K204, K103, K102

Workshop 2a: Do learning sciences exclude vocational pedagogies?
Workshop 2b: Supported experiments and professional learning communities
Workshop 2c: Finding your inner diamonds
Workshop 2d: Preparing students for exams
Workshop 2e: Leicester College evidence-based teacher development
Workshop 2f: Action research linking theory to practice

Melanie Lanser, Joanne Miles, Dorota Majcher-Tinney, Anshi Singh, Neil Challinor and colleagues, Amy Woodrow
2:30pm-3pm Kirtley Hall Keynote 3: EdTech to support teacher workload Flavia Belham
3pm Kirtley Hall Close and prizes Dan Williams

Keynote speakers

Bradley Lightbody, CollegeNet

Bradley has worked within Further Education for 35 years and held senior positions in Sixth forms, Adult Education, Quality Management, Teacher Training, Resource Management and worked as an Inspector for Ofsted. Bradley will be discussing his work on SEED (Scholarship, Engagement, Employability and Digital), with a focus on creativity in teaching.

Dorota Majcher-Tinney, Grey Matters Solutions

Dorota will be discussing applications of positive psychology in further education. As Further Education (FE) continues taking a financial and political beating, teachers and leaders alike struggle to manage challenging workloads and mounting demands. Judging from the number of educators leaving the profession, as well as those reporting burnout and other physical and psychological symptoms, the pressure is taking its toll.

As we look for solutions, we should direct our attention towards positive psychology research and its evidence-based interventions, consistently demonstrated to improve engagement, performance, productivity, job satisfaction, resilience and overall happiness. Positive psychology focuses on how people flourish and how they can reach their full potential; therefore, it can greatly benefit the FE sector by helping organisations create lasting positive cultures which focus on potential and growth rather than deficit and failure.

Flavia Belham, Chief Scientist, Seneca Learning: EdTech to support teacher workload

Teachers work longer hours than most professions. A 2018 report revealed that UK teachers work an average of 54 hours per week. This high working load is due to increasing administrative requirements and demands. The amount of hours and effort spent on admin hurts teachers’ core jobs. In other words, teaching and learning suffer because of too much admin work.

How can we solve this? One way is to use AI to automate administrative tasks so that teachers have more time and mental energy to do what they do best: teach. AI can also generate better data so that students, teachers and schools can adjust their practice based on real evidence. In this presentation, I will discuss how EdTech can have a huge impact on teachers’ workload and, as a consequence, how it can drastically improve pupils’ learning. I will also address some of the main concerns teachers and parents have when they think about the use of technology in schools.