Last week was our annual conference, which for the second year running we decided to hold online. We were pleased to be joined by a good number of ‘virtual’ delegates, tuning in to many of our thirteen webinars across the week. As well as members of our team, we were also delighted to be joined by guest presenter, Phil Hall, Deputy Principal of New City College’s Epping Campus.

Some of the highlights from across the three-day event included:

Our very own education policy guru, Tim Lyth, talking to us about the implications of the new 9-1 GCSE grades and how they are used to generate ‘value-added’ targets at Level 3. He also looked at how best to set appropriate targets for non-value-added Level 3 courses.

We had a guided tour of our eSpirALS product with Director of Operations, Holly Newton. Holly explained how the web-based system means it offers flexible data access and recording to tutors and administrators alike.

On Wednesday, Sarah Jones, our Sales, Training and Consultancy Director, addressed the challenge of how to not just engage learners with their data but to actually own it. Later in the day, Sarah also talked about some of the new features, new user roles and permissions that we have built into eTrackr-ILP latest updates.

Day two’s final session was delivered as a ‘two-hander’ by our CEO, Mark Trinick, and Tim. Mark was excited to share with us the new ePlacement product that the team are developing. It is being designed specifically to help colleges plan and implement the industrial placements which will form such a key part of the new T Level qualifications.

On Friday, amongst other topics, we heard from our data analyst, Jake Ashworth-Jones, who took us into the future and talked about all the things we should be doing to prepare for our 2019/20 data.

The conference was rounded out by Mark, who reflected on a busy few days and some great responses by our audience.

We are grateful to all our customers who made the time to join one – or more – of our webinars this week. The team here do put a lot of thought into what would make useful conference topics so it’s always rewarding to get a good attendance and positive feedback. And a big thank you to all our presenters for making the whole event possible.

Do let us know if there is a topic you would like to put on the agenda for next year!