10 June 2010- Queen’s Speech Forum

13 June 2010

A very early start today. Had to get to Westminster for a 7.30 Networking Breakfast meeting before the start of the forum. Had organised to meet up with a few colleagues from the past and we shared the challenges in our new roles over a nice light breakfast.

The forum started with a Breakfast Briefing and Business Panel discussion that was chaired by Neil Stewart, Chairman, Policy Review TV. Other speakers included: Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Lord David Freud, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform); Danny Finkelstein, The Times; John Hayes MP, Minister of State, Further Education, Skills & Lifelong Learning. My questions to the panel were picked up and answered on four occasions – you can watch the forum on http://www.policyreview.tv/confmedia/428/videos.html.

I asked this question of Lord Freud “Adult education can play a key role in getting people back into work. Examples showcased across the country in Adult Learners’ Week is a testament to this. Could you please allow the voice of experts in the field who inform policy making and provide autonomy to deliver what is needed where it is needed? Answers to this and my other questions can be found by visiting http://www.policyreview.tv/confmedia.428/freevideos.html.

This was a great PR opportunity and a very important event. Clever use of technology was key – I was able to use twitter to send messages to the panel and share my views on various sessions and seminars. This enabled SCOLA to gain a very good rating at the forum and SCOLA and Sutton Council to be mentioned several times throughout the conference.

Saboohi Famili – Principal

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