The Greater Manchester Colleges Group is a partnership of 10 Further Education colleges, covering all boroughs across Greater Manchester.
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Ten Further Education colleges (Bolton, Bury, Hopwood Hall, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh) in the Greater Manchester City region joined forces to host a GMCG Teaching and Learning Conference, on Tuesday 7th July.


Together, the colleges form the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG) who established a joint venture company, the first of its kind in a city region. Committed to delivering high quality education and skills provision, GMCG represents and promotes the Further Education sector within Greater Manchester. With the ten colleges contributing more than £500 million to the Greater Manchester economy each year, they play a key role in securing the region’s economic wellbeing.

The GMCG conference, taking place at The Point, Lancashire Country Cricket Ground, focussed on English and Maths, in line with new government initiatives aimed at raising standards of young people and adults. This full-day conference featured speakers, Barry Hymer, Professor of Psychology in Education and Dr Lynne Sedgmore, Executive Director of the 157 Group, a consortium drawn from among the UK’s largest FE Colleges.


Lynne Sedgmore, CBE, has advised Whitehall on a range of projects including leadership, innovation and community/interfaith cohesion. She was Chief Executive of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, (CEL) – the national leadership college for the learning and skills sector for four years (2004-2008). Lynne has held a range of full-time Leadership, Marketing, Curriculum and lecturing posts in Further Education for over 30 years. Passionate about leading learners and learning, she has had several articles published on leadership, emotional intelligence, and wellbeing in the workplace.

Barry Hymer is an experienced Secondary and Primary School Teacher and Chartered Educational Psychologist, and the author of seven books and numerous papers and articles in the field of learning and teaching. He has been a national trainer for SAPERE (the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education), for NACE (the National Association for Able Children in Education), and for Osiris Educational and he is Consultant Editor for the SAGE journal Gifted Education International.


Approximately 350 teaching and learning professionals joined these renowned educational speakers and benefited from a series of workshops on outstanding teaching and learning practices. This enabled these professionals to share innovative teaching, learning and leadership practices with each other, benefiting current and future learners across Greater Manchester.

Bolton College Principal, Marie Gilluley, GMCG’s Chair said: “We are working in collaboration to ensure delivery of the best possible quality of teaching and learning as we all believe in the positive benefits for learners and the wider community of our working closely together. We aim to build capacity and excellence by pulling together the expertise and specialist skills from all of the Colleges involved. As a group we work with local and regional employers to bring a greater emphasis on enterprise, entrepreneurialism and innovative thinking to the education sector. Due to the popularity and success of last year’s inaugural conference, this event is the second of what is becoming an annual collaborative convention for our members.”

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