Sarah Simons (cropped)
Sarah Simons

Sarah Simons is a lecturer in a further education college in the East Midlands, a columnist and broadcaster for the TES, as well as founder of UKFEchat. 


UKFEchat is a growing community of positive, proactive education enthusiasts who all aspire to be brilliant at their jobs. Through weekly Twitter chats and real life meets, people working at all levels of the FE sector exchange ideas, share expertise, learn, debate, collaborate and support each other, in an environment where respectful, status-neutral dialogue is key. 


 ‘Getting off to a good start:The UKFEchat Guide’  2014 and ‘Staying Motivated:The UKFEchat Guide’ 2015 are both available to download for free at www.ukfechat.com


The third book in the UKFEchat Guides series will be published in Summer 2015 and the group’s first National event will take place in October.



"The day was superb, and although full of plenty of deep thinking, it also had a very relaxed and welcoming feel to it." - Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
"Well done for the Festival. The sessions I attended were excellent!" - Andy Smart, Publishing Consultant, The Independent    
I found LFE a truly inspiring occasion. It had lively, stimulating and relaxing environment where all the participants were able to enjoy the enriching festival activities, at the same time adding to their knowledge the experiences of different aspects of education.- Kausar Ali, Teacher and Contributor
"...Both ourselves and our very passionate group of students so much valued being part of and contributing to such a superb and stimulating event...such a buzz and such a creative and thought provoking buzz seemed to be everywhere and we really felt the benefit." - Paul Morall, Chickenshed
"...the Festival was absolutely fantastic. It was lively, stimulating, imaginative and fun. My own regret is not being able to attend all the sessions. Congratulations. What an achievement." - Anne Nicholls, Communications and PR consultant, AN Communications