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Programme for College Expo launched

More than 90 sessions have been confirmed for the event, hosted by the College Development Network, at which Tes will be media partner

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More than 90 sessions have been confirmed for the event, hosted by the College Development Network, at which Tes will be media partner

The College Development Network has launched the programme for its first College Expo 18, to be held in Edinburgh in June.

The two-day conference, aimed at anyone involved in post-16 education and training, sets out to celebrate colleges and their partners, and will also focus on innovation to enhance vocational learning outcomes. Over 90 sessions have already been confirmed for the event, at which Tes will be media partner.

With an overarching theme of “Redesigning the future of education and skills”, the sessions will focus on three key topic strands:  access – retention – achievement, innovation – creativity – learning, and employability – skills – industry sectors.

Future skills and wellbeing

Confirmed keynote speakers include Scotland’s FE, HE and science minister Shirley-Anne Somerville and Sir William Atkinson, who will be speaking on “Transformation through Adversity” after turning around the “worst school in the country”, and being knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and community relations.

Businessman Josh Quigley will tell his story of battling depression and discuss the skills young people need to manage their wellbeing, while Glasgow Science Centre chief executive Stephen Breslin will explore future skills and the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) skills gap.

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