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March 2021 National #APConnect Conference

1. Welcome

A warm, warm welcome to the Education and Training Foundation’s third annual #APConnect conference: Spark(l)ing Constellations. As the day unfolds, you’ll see why we chose that title: like the hugely successful #APNetwork events this year and last, the day is inspiringly by APs and for APs. Their (your) culture-changing work in this very unusual year takes centre stage in all its many forms.

We are using the hashtag #APConnect21 for today so please tag the event into your social media posts – and look out too, for spark(l)ing reflective accounts from this year’s APs. We have fifty…and growing.

We recommend bookmarking this landing page. Pop back to it if you need directions for the day: the programme below has everything you need. Although it’s a full day, we have practised care in our planning and we don’t want you to be on Zoom all day. Some of the conference activities require you to get a cuppa of your choice and explore the treasures on this page. Before you grab that cuppa, complete this short register and listen for a shout out from Lou and Lynne on our live stream below. 

Green tea and summer rolls

You’ll find the agenda including all timings and Zoom links in Section 3. We will be using separate Zoom links for the morning workshops, so have a Iook through and see which you’d like to attend. You will need to choose one room and sign up for it (links in Section 3). Numbers are capped for each room and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Do spend time browsing to get familiar with the day; it offers so much to provoke your thinking and you’ll have space to process your ideas too. 

Right now, check out the videos below and our live stream 10:00-10:20 am! We hope they will ease you gently into the day, and do join us on Twitter using #APConnect21 😀

Video 1

Lou Mycroft warmly welcomes you to the Third National AP Conference with an overview of the day [4 mins: 10 secs]

Video 2

In this video call, Catherine Manning from the Education and Training Foundation (our funders) reflects on the programme to date.  [4 mins: 29 secs]

Video 3

Hop onto Flipgrid & record your opening round: how are you? You’ll need to sign up with your Microsoft or Google account when prompted. 

Listen for your shout out as Lynne and Lou LIVEstream the start of the day!

2. Spark(l)ing Constellations.

Today is about the bigger picture work: #AmplifyFE*. We want to join up the dots amongst – often grassroots – constellations across the further education landscape, so we can work together and develop stronger FE voices to drive and enact change at all levels – policy, evidence and practice. Lou Mycroft and Kay Sidebottom wrote about constellations of practice 💫 way back in 2018.  You can read more here; it’s a fascinating read and if you’re an AP you will recognise our way of working!  

Are you curious about these amazing constellations galvanising and driving change across the sector? Watch these 3-minute video-intros from FE’s Constellations of Practice. It’s a live ‘document’ so we’ll keep adding. You might want to tell us about what you’re doing too. **N.B. You’ll need to sign in with your Google or Microsoft account when prompted.**

*#AmplifyFE is a project which has mapped FE’s online communities – project-based (like ours), network/organisational and grassroots. Check out the report here and if you use the #AmplifyFE hashtag, they’ll retweet you.


3. Agenda Friday 26 March 2021

Today’s conference is a public event and we will be recording various sessions throughout the day (indicated by * on the agenda). We’ll have these available on the landing page post-event. We’ll also share widely with those outside the AP community using the #APConnect21 hashtag on social media 😀

Block 1: 9:30 - 10:30
09:30 - 10:30

Landing pageAsynchronous tasks
Task 1: Opening Round- How are you? Please contribute to the Flipgrid (Video 3)
Task 2: Spark(l)ing Constellations - check out the Flipgrids from influencers across the #FE sector
10:00 - 10:20Landing pageLive tasks
Task 3: Watch our LIVEstream!
Block 2: 10:30 - 11:45
Don't miss the chance to help shape #APConnect going forward using our TypeForm.

10:30 - 10:50Main Zoom RoomWelcome*
Slides from the day.
10:50 - 11:30Main Zoom RoomThink Notes*: (i) Practice Review - Rewriting the narrative (ii) #NoGobackery -FestivalFridays & Professional Learning (iii) Action Practitioners: the changing nature of advanced practice
Test our ideas against your own experiences: feedback your thoughts via this TypeForm
11:30 - 11:45Break
Choose which AP-led workshop you'll participate in next

Block 3: 11:45 - 12:30
Choose from the rooms below and register. Maximum number per room is 20.
11:45 - 12:30Room 1
Zoom Room
'From Research to Reality: Instructional coaching and unseen observations'*
Kath Burrows & Nicky Hawkins, South Devon College
11:45 - 12:30Room 2
Zoom Room
'Education Reimagined: The Aspire Programme'*
Jamie Partington & Michaela Greaves, Chesterfield College
11:45 - 12:30Room 3
Zoom Room
'Courage: Become a Courageous Practitioner and Overcome Inertia.'*
Sophie Smithdale, Reaseheath College
11:45 - 12:30Room 4
Zoom Room
'A Clearer View of the Classroom (video for self-reflection)'*
Sarabjit Borrill, Leicestershire Adult Learning Service

11:45 - 12:30Room 5
Zoom Room
'Using AP Teams as Agents for Organisational or Cultural Change'*
Paul Banthorpe, East Surrey College
11:45 - 12:30Room 6
Zoom Room

'Co-evaluation findings with Advanced Practitioners' Reflections on the role of the AP'*
Co-Evaluation Team Christina Donovan, Colin Forrest, Stacey Salt, Sammy Lambert, Lynne Taylerson, Dorothy Braidwood, Maria Zahariea, Lou Mycroft, Sarah Jane Crowson & Salman Latif
Block 4: 12:30 - 13:00
12:30 - 1:00LunchWatch this video-intro to the Ideas Room in preparation for the session after lunch.
[3 mins: 29 secs]
Block 5: 1:00 - 2:00
1:00 - 2:00 Main Zoom RoomIntroduction* to the Ideas Room & facilitated Ideas Room
You’ve heard about the magical Ideas Room, now it’s time to try if for yourself! Join the world’s biggest Ideas Room and experience how you can find ease and listening, even amongst many. It’s transformational.
Block 6: 2:00 - 2:30
2:00 - 2:30Main Zoom Room#APConnect - The Bowerbird's Treasures:
Time now to briefly step away from the live call, get yourself a drink (and a cake?) and browse some of this year’s treasures.
Complete the AP Survey
Browse AP-led asynchronous workshops on podcasting, Giffing and Wakeletting.
Listen to FE Ed podcasts
Browse inspiring & awesome #APConnect Reflections.

Block 7: 2:30 - 3:20
2:30-2:45Main Zoom RoomFE's Dancing Princesses: APConnect and Practice Review*
2:45 - 3:10Main Zoom RoomStory of the Day*: Story of #APConnect by Richard O'Neill, storyteller.
3:10 -3:20Main Zoom Room'What's live in you?' mentimeter.

4. ‘How to & why’ workshop-video series

How & Why to use GIFs with learners

Watch Sammy White’s video and learn not only how to make a GIF, but also how GIFs can help to narrow the digital divide.  [9 mins: 55 secs]

How to use Wakelet to curate for multiple purposes

Watch Chloe Hynes’ video on how to use Wakelet for multiple purposes. [14 mins: 58 secs]. 

How to Podcast

Watch Dorothy Braidwood & Michelle Wakeling as they discuss How to Podcast [12 mins: 10 secs] 


ESOL & Digital Skills specialist Isla Flood has put together a vibrant collection of engaging and informative podcasts that will inspire and energise everyone working in the Further Education sector.  

5. Resources

Do browse these deep, rich and purposeful resources. Sign up to #APComms and we’ll keep you posted. 


Case Studies

AP Toolkit & guides

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