Summer conference/CPD day

Hilary Read and Ann Gravells are pleased to announce their first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners, trainers and assessors in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

The conference is themed around ‘embracing change’, and will include key speakers, workshops and exhibitors. All those attending will receive a free, signed copy of Hilary and Ann’s book: The best vocational trainer’s guide.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • gain information regarding changes (from key speakers) which are taking place in the FE and skills sector (see programme below)
  • put questions to a panel of experts
  • take part in workshops by Ann and Hilary to improve teaching, learning, assessment and quality assurance practice network with others
  • talk to staff from various exhibitors e.g. text book publishers, awarding organisations, and professional associations
  • drink as many soft drinks (hot and cold) as you wish, eat lots of biscuits, sweets and fruit (if you have the urge), have a nice buffet lunch (veggie option included), and have wifi access - all included in the price
  • purchase signed text books by Ann and Hilary at a discounted price.

Topics for discussion include:

Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, Technology, Technical qualifications, British Values, Prevent Duty, Professional Standards - and how these impact upon the role of the FE and skills' practitioner.


9.30 – 10.00  

Arrival and refreshments

10.00 – 11.00  

Welcome and introductions
Key speakers

11.00 – 11.15  


11.15 – 12.15  

Key speakers

12.15 - 12.45  

Questions to the panel (you can e-mail these in advance if you wish)

12.45 – 1.45  

Buffet lunch (included in the price)

1.45 – 2.45  

Workshop session with Ann Gravells and Hilary Read
What are the issues facing you as a practitioner? How to embrace change within your practice

2.45 – 3.00  


3.00 – 3.30  

Workshop session continued

3.30 - 4.00  

Summary and questions



Date and venue

Friday 9th June, Leeds city centre

Venue address: St George's Centre, 60 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

How to book

Please click here to reserve your place via Eventbrite:

Cost: £125.00 plus VAT (including lunch and refreshments)

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*** Enter the promotional code EB10 prior to checkout for an early bird discount of 10%, valid until the end of February ***

Please note:

  • If, for any reason, you cannot attend the conference after making your booking, we will be happy for you to transfer your ticket to someone else. Refunds are not offered.
  • If you wish to pay via invoice rather than EventBrite - please e-mail Invoices can be paid by cheque, BACS transfer or PayPal but must be paid prior to the event, and within 14 days of issue (whichever is soonest).
  • Venue directions and a map can be found via this webpage:
  • Parking is available close by at many of the Leeds city centre car parks, for example, the Merrion Centre, The Light, and St John's. Disabled parking is at the front of the centre.
  • The centre is about ten minutes walk from Leeds train station and close to bus stops.
  • A vegetarian option is included as part of the buffet. Please e-mail us if you have a particular dietary requirement.
  • Any questions? Please email or if you have any questions.
  • The programme is subject to change.
  • Photos will be taken during the event. They will be used on social media and to promote future events. If you do not wish to be included, please let Hilary or Ann know.
I consider myself lucky to have been present at a recent session delivered by Hilary. Rarely have I been witness to such a thorough grasping of a nettle. Whilst it is normally close to impossible to decipher the requirements of the funding agencies and awarding organizations, Hilary has done the best job of it I have seen.
Kevin Smeaton, Director, Training at Construction Skills Solutions Ltd

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