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Steve Hewitt on looking forward to this week's AoC MIS Conference

Steve Hewitt on looking forward to this week's AoC MIS Conference

Here at FE Associates we’re really looking forward to this week’s AoC MIS Conference in London.

These conferences are always a great opportunity to hear the latest updates to data and funding requirements from both the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency, as well as to review issues which have occurred in the past 12 months.

We’ll get to learn about the new DfE Performance Tables, which I know are causing some confusion and concern within the sector at the moment (all new measures do) but this will be a chance to get to grips with the intricacies of how they’re put together. We’ll also hear of work being done to move away from qualification achievement being the only thing providers are judged on, and how devolution could affect this.

After many years of sparring over audit interpretations, I do like to see Karl Bentley from Tenon presenting at a conference. There aren’t many people in the sector with as much knowledge and insight into what providers are getting wrong in their data collection as Karl, and his very straightforward delivery is always appreciated.

It’s always good to see providers presenting at this kind of event, so I’ll be tremendously interested to hear from Patrick Hodgson about how Brooklands College have improved their MIS systems, as I know it’s something everyone is keen to do better.

Slightly away from pure funding and data concerns, Paul Joyce always provides clear guidance to the sector about what Ofsted are looking for when they come to visit, and I’m sure this year will be no exception. And (just to mention my boss!) Matt Atkinson has been involved in many outcomes from Area Reviews over the last year, so will no doubt have plenty to say on the subject.

Of course, it’s often the in-between parts of these days that are the most rewarding; conferring with fellow professionals about issues you think are specific to you, only to find out that someone else solved it six months ago. I’m certainly looking forward to getting a chance to talk to as many people as I can.

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