(D)Evolving Education

Ascentis is delighted to host its annual National Conference (D)Evolving Education - Leading Innovation in the Post 16 Landscape. 

Times have never been so challenging in the education world, and especially the FE sector.  There are many significant, sometimes seemingly conflicting changes ahead. 

There are many unanswered questions on everyone’s minds;

  • How will funding work after devolution? 
  • How will the post-16 review affect our provision? 
  • How can I lead my team through this time of upheaval and remain motivated? 
  • How can we innovate to ensure our provision is relevant, up to date, and profitable? 
  • How can we embed British Values whilst balancing true integration in our centre and community?

Therefore, we have sought to bring relevant leaders in the industry together who will have answers to these questions, and will assist you in planning in both the short and long term.  We have listened to your feedback planned a packed and efficient programme with the major themes affecting your centres now and in the future.

Topics to be covered are Devolution, the Post-16 Skills Review, Integration, Funding, Online developments and the Functional Skills Reform.


The speakers on the day include:

Dame Louise Casey

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

Louise Casey is a British government official working in social welfare. She became Director General, Casey Review Team in July 2015. At the request of the Prime Minister, she is leading a review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated communities.


Mark Dawe

Mark Dawe (CEO of AELP)

Mark was appointed as the new Chief Executive of AELP in March 2016. Previously, Mark was the chief executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. Mark has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College having been Deputy Director and AELP Board Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003.

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson from the Learning & Work Institute

Tony Wilson joined Inclusion as a Director in October 2011. He has more than ten years’ experience of policy and research, project management and delivery across a range of roles in HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus.



 To book your place at the Ascentis National Conference, click here.