National Careers Leaders Conference 2021

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Jointly organised by iCeGS at the University of Derby and the CDI, this is the fourth conference of its type, designed to support the learning, information sharing and professional development of Careers Leaders working in secondary schools, FE and SEND schools and colleges, Enterprise Coordinators and Careers Advisers.

We all need to spend time learning and reflecting on the delivery and impact of school and college-based career programmes. This year our chosen themes - Inclusivity, Continuity and Creative Professional Practice - are particularly relevant to the Skills for Jobs white paper, achieving the Gatsby benchmarks and post-Covid recovery. They underpin the conference keynotes, panel sessions and seminars. 
For ease of access, we will be using the hopin conference platform, which means that in addition to keynote, panel and seminar sessions, we will also be offering an interactive exhibition; insight, creative practice and resource talks; live networking and social tables. 


#NCLC21 Introductory Video | Conference themes and seminars overview | How to get the most from the conference | Book your place

Conference Overview - #NCLC21

This year's conference programme promises to be the fullest ever! In addition to the normal mix of keynote sessions, panels, seminars and an exhibition, we have added several new sessions:

  • Insight talks by suppliers to the sector on Thursday 8 July
  • Creative practice and resources talks presented by members and partner organisations on Friday 9 July
  • Open space meet-ups/reflection sessions at the end of the first day, Thursday 8 July

Call for Seminars

There are four seminar sessions built into the programme across the two days: two on the first day (1.45-2.30 and 2.45-3.30) and two on the second (12.15-1.00 and 1.30-2.15).We invite you to submit seminar proposals which link with the conference themesInclusivity, Continuity and Creative Professional Practice. The complete this seminar proposal form ASAP and by Friday 18th June. 

Call for Insight, Creative Practice and Resources Talks

Insight talks: If you are a supplier and would like to book an exhibition booth, please contact If you would like to present a product insight talk, please contact Joanne and complete this short form.

Creative Practice and resources talks: If you would like to run a 30-minute session highlighting an invaluable resource, eg group work resource; information resource, software resource, or aspect of creative practice please complete this form


Thursday 8 July - Day 1

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 1 - Policy, Vision and Practice

  • Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser in Education, the Gatsby Foundation, and Independent Adviser on Careers to DfE - Careers guidance: more important than ever 
  • Nicola Hall, Education Director, The Careers & Enterprise Company

10.40 - 11.10 and 11.25 - 11.55    Insight Talks

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.15   Panel 1 - Inclusivity

  • Kelly Dillon, The Careers & Enterprise Company - SEND
  • Dr Anne Chant, Canterbury Christ Church University - Refugees

1.15 - 1.45   Lunch and Exhibition

1.45 - 2.30   Seminar 1

2.45 - 3.30   Seminar 2

3.30 - 3.45   Break

3.45 - 4.30   Open space meet-ups/reflection sessions

Friday 9 July - Day 2

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 2 - Inclusivity

10.40 - 11.10 and 11.25 - 11.55    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.00    Seminar 3

1.00 - 1.30   Lunch and Exhibition

1.30 - 2.15   Seminar 4

2.30 - 3.30   Panel 2 - Continuity and Transitions

  • James Corbett, DfE - Higher Technical Qualifications
  • Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive, member services, Association of Colleges - Smoothing the Transition to FE
  • Andrew Webster, Careers & Enterprise Company - Support for FE Colleges

3.30 - 3.45   Summary and conference close