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Conferences and Events

Previous research events

The Edge Foundation, in partnership with Kings College London, the Institute of Education and the National Baccalaureate Trust, led work to debate the key principles that underpin English vocational education. In November 2018 we held our second ‘Big Debate’ to provide an opportunity to gather a wide range of perspectives following on from the publication of our first report in this area in April. To find out more please contact Olly Newton (

3rd International ARPCE Conference

On 13th – 15th July 2018 Edge Foundation sponsored the international conference organised by the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE) in Oxford. The conference convened researchers and practitioners in post-compulsory education from many different countries. You can find out more about the conference here.

5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2018

On 5th and 6th July 2018 Edge Foundation and Education & Employers brought together leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to present recent research and discuss employer engagement in education, policy development and delivery. The discussions provide a platform to inform governments with innovative policy and leadership in the field.

We received an overwhelming number of high-quality papers from around the world. Over the two days in a packed programme researchers presented a wide range of topics under the main theme of the conference, you can watch short videos of some of the guest speakers following this link.

You can find out further information about the content of the conference here.

First Principles of English Vocational Education - The Big Debate

On 28th March 2018, Edge Foundation held its first real debate regarding the underlying principles and philosophy of English vocational educationso as to move towards a more agreed and focused vision. The event was chaired by Chris Winch, Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at Kings College London. Prior to the event an initial consultation brought together excellent responses from academics, practitioners and policy makers that Edge published in early 2018. You can see highlights from this discussion here.

4th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2016

The 2016 conference was supported by the Department for Education (England), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Barclays LifeSkills. It presented new research on employer engagement in education and technical pathways, and explored implications for policy and practice. You can find out more here.