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Progress and Progression - Information, Advice, and Guidance Conference


Do you work with post-16 students, offering advice and guidance about higher education? If you do, join our Progress and Progression - Information, Advice, and Guidance conference, designed specifically for teachers and advisors of post-16 students, at Leeds Trinity University on Friday 9 March 2018. 

We know that the higher education landscape is complex and changes regularly. So this event is designed to offer up-to-date, clear information to support your students through their journey to higher education, while exploring the key issues affecting post-16 progression.

Engaging with professionals in the sector, you will explore how the current political landscape is impacting on your students. Our keynote speaker Jonny Mitchell, Principal of the Co-operative Academy and made famous by the Educating Yorkshire TV series, will be sharing first-hand experience of what it is like to lead a school with a diverse cohort, in a diverse community.

You'll also be able to choose from a range of workshops which will support your professional development and provide the opportunity to network with colleagues.

​What's happening?

  • 9.30am - Arrival, Registration and Refreshments
  • 10.00am - Welcome and Introduction from Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University
  • 10.10am - Today's Diversity, Tomorrow's University with Jonny Mitchell – Current Principal at Co-operative Academy of Leeds, from award-winning television show Educating Yorkshire
  • 10.45am - Workshop 1 - Full list below
  • 11.45am - Plan your Year 12/13 Progression Pathway
  • 12.30pm - Academic networking lunch in our food court – meet our academic staff from The Institute of Childhood and Education, School of Social and Health Sciences, and School of Arts and Communications
  • 1.30pm - Workshop 2
  • 2.15pm - Working Together for Success with Steven Forsyth, Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer, followed by plenary panel and Q&A session
  • 2.30pm - Dr Gervase Phinn - Alumnus and Life Fellow of Leeds Trinity University
  • 3.00pm - Closing remarks, networking and optional campus tours lasting 30 minutes​

Optional Workshops - Please select two of the following workshops:

Excellent References – Get it Right!

This workshop will explore what makes a strong reference, whilst providing an insight into what university admission tutors look for. There will also be an opportunity to share best practice for managing the UCAS reference process at your school or college.

Degree Apprenticeships: Supporting Students to Make the Right Choice

In this workshop hear directly from Leeds Trinity University and learn more about why your students may wish to consider a degree apprenticeship in the future.

Money, Money, Money! Get the Latest Student Finance England Information 

The aim of this workshop is to deliver key student finance messages, and help teachers and advisers understand and consider the wider issues around funding and budgeting. All aspects of student finance, including tuition fees, loans, and repayments, will be covered. 

Reaching the Hard to Reach: Championing Widening Participation, a Case Study from Leeds Trinity 

In this workshop we first explore what 'hard to reach' means and in turn how to identify 'hard to reach' groups of students.  We share how we champion our work with students who have protected characteristics, and best practice in this field.

Time to speak out for inclusion 

In this workshop Dr Pam Jarvis, Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education at Leeds Trinity University will discuss why everyone should support inclusion; explaining the issues when non-'neurotypical' pupils are ignored and challenging Government focus around 'datafication' of state education.


Friday 9 March 2018
9.30am - 3.00pm


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD

Who should attend?

The event will be of particular interest to teachers, advisors, college and sixth form colleagues who are involved in supporting post-16 students in their application to university. 

How to book?

Tickets for this event are free, please book your place via Eventbrite.

For further information please contact Steven Forsyth, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, via email or phone: 0113 2837150.

Further Information


There will be free parking available on the day. For more information about getting to Leeds Trinity University, please visit our 'How to Find Us' pages​.


We will be providing light refreshments throughout the event, as well as a hot buffet lunch at 12.30pm.