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09.30 The Centre for Social Justice

Radisson Blu Hotel : Room 15/16

Expelled but not forgotten: Are 50,000 kids being written off?

Refreshments at the event.


What can be done to make sure children excluded from school don’t become the forgotten children of our education system? We want to ensure that Conservative reforms to education work in our most challenging areas. With more outstanding schools than ever before we need to make sure better standards go alongside better provision for children excluded from mainstream schools. We set out how alternative provision for children excluded from mainstream schools can become the next big education reform.


16.00 Centre For Progressive Policy

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Implementing Augar - building an adult education system fit for the future of work

A panel debate on the importance of and barriers to lifelong learning


The ability to reskill and upskill during our working lives is paramount, but how do we measure what skills businesses need and how do we provide the courses required? How do we inform prospective students about skills sought by businesses and their career opportunities? How do local decision makers identify opportunities and address barriers? What is the role of place and is the current, centralised funding model fit for purpose or should local authorities be empowered to take responsibility?

18.00 APPG on Apprenticeships

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Ask the Apprentice: the apprentice panel

Chair: Gillian Keegan MP, Co-Chair, APPG on Apprenticeships and Guest Speaker: Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee


We are delighted to welcome apprentices from Battersea Power Station, Amazon and the University of Salford

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