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The Guardian Further Education and Skills Summit 2007
21 Jun 2007

The learning and skills landscape is experiencing a period of intense and rapid change. The Leitch Review of Skills, the Further Education and Training Bill, and recent DfES green paper ‘Raising Expectations’, set out new challenges for the sector, signalling a major move towards a demand-led system and setting out the aim that all young people will remain in some form of education or training until they're 18. The development of 14-19 diplomas, a more employer focussed approach to the design and delivery of courses, and the growth in apprenticeship and foundation degrees will require senior education managers to develop new strategies to meet these new demands – potentially turbulent times are ahead with significant challenges with all education leaders must address. Bringing together senior FE college managers, sector skills councils, work-based learning providers, learning and skills councils, employers and other key stakeholders, this important national event will examine the strategic management challenges facing the learning and skills sector, explore current policy developments and set out how to embed excellence, engage business and improve leadership, quality, and standards.

Mike Baker
Former BBC Education correspondent Mike Baker - welcome address

Bill Rammell MP

Bill Rammell MP
Question and Answer session.

John Hayes MP
Shadow Minister for Vocational Education

Dr Christine McPhail
Professor/Director, Morgan State University; Board Member, Association of American Community

Dr Christine McPhail
interview with the Professor/Director, Morgan State University; Board Member, Association of American Community

John Hayes MP
interview with the Shadow Minister for Vocational Education

Rob Wye
Director of Strategy and Communications, Learning and Skills Council - latest policy developments

Morning Q&A
with Rob Wye and Dr Christine McPhail

Chris Humphries
Director General, City and Guilds: UK Skills and the Global Economy

Panel Debate
How can we ensure employer’s needs are at the centre of further education and skills?

Jerry Jarvis
Managing Director, Edexcel QCF: Meeting the needs of the 21st Century

Lynne Sedgmore CBE
Chief Executive, Centre for Excellence in Leadership: Identifying and Developing Education Leaders

Sir Geoffrey Holland
Chair, Quality Improvement Agency (QIA): Building on the Improvement Strategy – the Quality Landscape of the Future

Professor Mike Campbell
Director of Development, Sector Skills Development Agency: Developing a Sectoral and Employer-Led Approach to meeting Skills Needs

Professor Mike Campbell

Panel Debate
How can senior managers provide effective leadership in a changing policy landscape?

Panel Debate
How can we achieve Excellence in Further Education and Skills?

David Frost of BCC

Mike Baker
gives his thoughts on the summit

Delegate reaction

John Stone
Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Network interview

Andy Westwood - interview with
Director, Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion (CESI)

Raising the Compulsory Learning Age
Bill Rammell MP Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills (DfES)