Upskilling for a Digital Future

Welcome to the first ever Ascentis National Conference Online. Here you can access all of our sessions which are now available on-demand. 

About the Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Upskilling for a Digital Future’ where we discuss how the education sector is by no means an exception to the ongoing disruption and shifts brought on by technology, and more recently our dependence on technology for learning, teaching and communicating throughout the pandemic. Holistically addressing the impact of new online and blended learning environments we will discuss both the advantages of the digital transformation and the developing challenges created within it.

On the day you can expect to hear from leaders in our industry alongside some well-known faces who will be providing their insight and expertise into the on-going issues that impact our sector. There will also be an opportunity for virtual networking in the afternoon.

As always, the day will conclude with our much anticipated prize draw, where we will be giving away a luxury Harrods hamper. In order to be entered into this prize draw, delegates must book onto at least one of our live sessions using the links below. Note that work email addresses must be used.

The event is completely free of charge to attend.


Download the agenda here.

Introduction and Welcome from Ascentis 

Phil Wilkinson, CEO Ascentis

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Funding for Skills

Beej Kaczmarczyk, e-Memoir

This webinar covers:
• Evidence of blended learning for funding and audit purposes
• Covid recovery planning

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Blended Learning – Tips for Success 

Kevin Norman, Lecturer, Course Leader and Canvas Champion, The Lakes College

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Curriculum Planning and New Funded Qualifications

Graham White, Commercial Manager Ascentis

We have recently released brand new qualifications which are now funded for the academic year 20/21 in the following subject areas: ConstructionVocationalESOLPre-AccessProgression to Further Learning and Work and Short Online Qualifications.

In this webinar we discuss how these qualifications can help enrich learner’s curriculums, along with information on Funding, Assessments and Customer Support.

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Minimising Stress and Maximising Potential - Tried and tested strategies for emotional well-being

Cat Williams, founder of Stay Calm and Content

This webinar covers:

  • Top tips for reducing stress and anxiety in ourselves and others
  • Relevant engaging stories of how others have overcome challenges
  • Strategies for increasing self-esteem, confidence and resilience
  • Practical steps to put into practice immediately

For the free ‘self-hypnosis for confidence’ download and the free ‘Getting Back on Track’ webinar, as well as details of Cat’s ‘Minimising Stress and Maximising Resilience’ online video course click here.

Download the 24 Strengths PDF

Download the full webinar transcript

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Catch up with 2019 Conference Highlights

Here you can find a selection of our fantastic keynote speakers from previous years, available to watch on demand at a time to suit you. 

Connected Education in a Digital Age

Grace Barrett, Co-Founder of The Self-Esteem Team

Grace Barrett of the Self Esteem Team talks about the addictive power of social media. Young people are conditioned to receive dopamine hits which can make them more susceptible to addiction. Social media is designed to tap into young people’s dopamine driven desire for social validation. In her keynote Grace explains how social media works in the form of the hook model and discusses ways to break the cycle.

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Educating for the Future, Now, 

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-founder of the STEMettes, states that it’s the small things we can do and tweaks we can make to curriculums to ensure learners are fully equipped for digital life – understanding who uses technology and why it is created, the problems technology can solve and who it can help. This can be done by involving altruism and creative arts in study programmes – turning STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into STEAM.

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Well-being - A Practical Guide to Achieving it in The New Techno World

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth, a well-known writer, actor and star of Celebrity Gogglebox emphasises the importance of being happy and in particular making a conscious effort to ensure happiness in today’s digital age. Key to this is living in a shared community, having a common purpose, and being challenged and engaged in society – which he includes in his 7 secrets of happiness. Find out what they are in this keynote.

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Watch Our Client Videos

Ascentis helps change the lives of over 170,000 learners each year. Hear about why our staff love working for us, and why our customers love working with us.

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Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones

Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.

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The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education

Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.

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Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications

The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.

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What our happy customers say

“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

Brent Start

“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

Kensington & Chelsea College

21st Oct 2021

Ascentis Events

Pre-Entry Webinar

Join our subject experts as they discuss the benefits of Pre-Entry qualifications.

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22nd Oct 2021

Quality Assurance Events

Ascentis Maths Skills Quality Assurance Webinar

This webinar is for Ascentis customers only and it is free to join. The webinar will include standardisation activities as well as the opportunity to share best practice with other practitioners. Participants will also receive an update on the qualification and general administration information.

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25th Oct 2021

Ascentis Events

An Introduction to Pre-Entry ESOL and Volunteering

This webinar will talk you through our Pre-Entry ESOL qualifications, My Local Area and My Life. These qualifications are mapped to the bottom end of the ESOL curriculum and have been developed to allow learners to provide simple personal information and to learn about their area. We will also introduce you to our recently developed ESOL Volunteering to Support English Language qualification. This qualification is available at Levels 1 & 2 and has been developed to support the volunteers who want to teach ESOL, this could be learners who have been through the system and want to support their community, general volunteers who want to help and those who may like to teach ESOL as a profession in the future.

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  • AELP
  • CPD Certified
  • FAB
  • Cyber Essentials
  • Natecla
  • Access to Higher Education
  • The Parliamentary Review
  • West Yorkshire Learning Providers
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