Get to know the Keynote speakers ready for the Reimagining Further Education Conference, 29th Jun 2016
David Russell, CEO of the Education & Training Foundation
David joined the Education and Training Foundation as CEO in January 2014. He has grown the Foundation from a fledgling organisation to one delivering effective support programmes for leaders, teachers and others across the education and training system.
David has a wide range of policy and programme management experience on national education and skills policy in England, including the Academies Programme and the Adult Skills Strategy. Until 2013 David was Director of ‘Closing the Gap’ in the Department for Education, responsible for FE and Vocational Education Reform, Apprenticeships 16-18, and a range of schools policies including the Pupil Premium and pupil behaviour. Prior to joining the civil service David was a teacher.
Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE, Principal of City and Islington College & Chair of CAVTL
Frank McLoughlin is the Principal of City and Islington College. The College is graded outstanding by Ofsted and was the first College to be twice awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize, for Further and Higher Education. Frank is a founding member and ex-Chair of the influential 157 Group. He is a member of the London Councils Young People’s Education and Skills Board and the London First Employment and Skills Steering Group.
Frank was appointed by the Minister for FE and Skills to Chair the Independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL). The Commission report “It’s about work” was published in March 2013.
Frank is an honorary fellow of City University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Frank was awarded a CBE in 2009 and a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.
Professor Paul Hager, University of Technology Sydney
Paul Hager is Emeritus Professor of Education at University of Technology, Sydney. A major outcome of his work with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) teachers in many and diverse occupational fields was the conviction that holistic seamless know how is the common feature of highly skilled performances of all kinds. This sparked an ongoing research interest in such topics as informal workplace learning, professional practice (‘professional’ in its broadest sense), the nature of skills and competence, and group practice.
In 2013 Educational Philosophy and Theory published a special issue celebrating his work. He is currently writing a book with David Beckett and Jeanette Lancaster, to be published by Springer, provisionally titled The Emergence of Complexity: New Perspectives on Practice, Agency and Expertise.
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