National Careers Leader and Learning Conference 2019

Thursday 11th to Friday 12th July, at the University of Derby, Enterprise Centre 

Developing Effective Career Programmes: Evaluation and Impact

With special thanks to headline sponsor                              

This two-day national conference is designed to support the Government's Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges. In 2018, we looked at achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks. This year the focus of the conference is evaluation and impact; topics requested by most delegates in 2018.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Sir John Holman, Gatsby Foundation; Richard Simper, Deputy Director Careers and Basic Skills, DfE; Professor Tristram Hooley; Marion Morris; Emily Tanner, Head of Research at The Careers & Enterprise Company

Presentations from the Conference

please click the title in order to download a PDF of the presentation, live recordings are available on some keynote presentations 


Implimenting the Careers Strategy - Live Recording - Richard Simper - Deputy Director of Careers and Basic Skills - Department for Education  

Good Career Guidance : How are we doing ?  - Live RecordingSir John Holman - University of York, The Gatsby Foundation  

Evaluating School and College Careers Provision  - Live RecordingProfessor Tristram Hooley - University of Derby; Marian Morris - Director of SWQ  

The national survey of careers leaders in secondary schools  - Live RecordingDr Emily Tanner - Head of Research at the Careers and Enterprise Company  

Developing a careers strategy across several schools intent, implementation and impact ?  Mark Fox - Careers Hub Facilitator - North East Careers HubRyan Gibson - AET National System Leader : CEIAG How to make sharing good practice 'good'  

Workshop Session 1 

Engaging with parents Anthony Barnes  

What every careers leader needs to know about the new Ofstead Common Inspection Framework  - Janet Colledge - Outstanding Careers   

Workshop Session 2 

Using triage careers interviews in schools and colleges to meet gatsby benchmark 8  - Erica Rowell & Claire Grimwood - RSG Associates  

What can we learn from the Gatsby Benchmark pilot ?  - Jill Hanson - University of Derby (ICGS)  

FIS - Framework for Intensive Support  - Sue Cross - Adviza - Head of Projects  

Workshop Session 3 

Embedding careers in the curriculum : Worth the effort ?  - Gerard Liston - Forum Talent Potential  

Transition to HE - How are young people prepared  - Ruth Boyce - University of Wincester - Schools & Colleges Development Officer  

Employing Employers : Making effective use of employer interactions in education  - Polly Wiggins - Polly Wiggins Career Coaching 

Workshop Session 4 

Ideas, support and best practice for delivering STEM specific careers learning - Gemma Taylor - STEM Learning Careers Programme Lead  

Delivering a digital careers service for young people in Wakefield - Jayne Vose - Prospects - Regional Operations Director  

Making employer encounters 'meaningful' Nicki Moore - University of Derby (ICGS) - Senior Lecturer in Career Development  

Workshop Session 5 

Providing and promoting careers and labour market information resources in your school or college : Best practice for Gatsby Benchmark 2  - Helen Janota  

Avoiding the scatter gun approach to career learning  - Janet Hutchinson MA PGCE MA  

Impactful career planning requires more personal control Stuart Mitchell & Peter Tate 

Conference outline

    • Three keynote panels
    • Five workshop sessions
    • Exhibition of careers suppliers
    • Accommodation reserved at Jurys Inn, Derby
    • Conference dinner at the Masa Restaurant
    • Jointly organised by iCeGS at the University of Derby and the Career Development Institute

Conference themes

  • Quality assurance
  • Measuring impact
  • Using the outcomes of evaluation
  • Sharing good practice

Keynote speakers

  • Sir John Holman
  • Tristram Hooley and Marian Morris
  • Emily Tanner, Head of Research at the CEC
  • Richard Simper, Asst Director Careers and Basic Skills, DfE


Workshops - Day 1 and Day 2

Target audience

This second national conference, specifically designed for careers leaders and careers and employability professionals based in schools and colleges, will also be of interest to:

  • Senior and middle career leaders
  • Career teachers
  • Career advisers
  • Governors
  • Employers
  • Widening participation practitioners 
  • QCD and L6 students
  • Enterprise coordinators
  • Local Authority, EBP and LEP representatives


Accommodation is not included in the conference fee but we have been able to achieve a special conference rate at:

Jurys Inn, Derby (Tel: 0870 4100 800 Central Reservations) - quoting the reference/code: UNIVER110719. Delegates will be able to book rooms at £80 per night for single occupancy. This hotel is holding 30 rooms for the conference at £80 including breakfast until 11th June. If you do not want breakfast, please book through Jurys Inn Derby or (15 rooms still available but will be released on 24 June.)
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