AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin11 January 2013 – Issue 127 VERY BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!Dear ColleaguesHappy New Year and I hope you had a relaxing and refreshing break, and that the first fullweek of the new term has got off to positive start for 2013.AoC London will be starting out the New Year with the Principals’ Forum on 17th Januarylooking at funding issues with the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency. Weare delighted that Maggie Galliers, President of the AOC, will be joining this meeting leading adiscussion on key and topical issues for our Colleges.The New Year series of AoC London networks starts out with the Heads of Student Servicesnetwork meeting on 21st January, followed by the Marketing Committee on 23rd January. Afull schedule of the spring term networks you can find on AoC website. If you are interested infinding out more, or you have any queries, please contact Evelina.Since the last AoC London Bulletin there have been a number of significant events:London Skills and Employability – the evolving role of further education Colleges,December 14th 2012The event was sponsored by Barclays, this high profile event considered ways in which FE andbusinesses can collaborate to ensure skills provision meets both existing and future needs ofLondons employers and the wider economy. The discussion was chaired by Ian Ashman,Principal of Hackney Community College, member of the London Enterprise Panels Skills andEmployment Working Group and Chair of AoC London Region. Key note contributorsincluded Michael Davies, Chief Executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills,Bobbie McClelland, Deputy Director at the Department of Business innovation and Skills, MaxReynolds, Head of Accredited Learning Development at BT, and Mike Thompson, Head ofLearning Development at Barclays. The event looked at models of collaboration and ways ofworking to deliver what businesses need in the current challenging climate. A note will beissued in due course to provide a summary of the event. For further information contactCaroline.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 January 2013 Greater London Authority Vision 2020, December 17th 2012 This was an important and timely opportunity to meet with lead GLA officers on the developing GLA Vision 2020, a publication which the Mayor intends to share early in the New Year. This has clear links with the LEP Skills and Employment Plan also due to be published later this year. We had the opportunity to share our London Colleges Policies and Priorities publication which chimes well with the GLA content, intention and approach to date in terms of the current and future contribution of London Colleges to the vision around Londons economy and future. A number of actions were agreed. If you would like to find out more please contact Caroline or Judith. Joint meeting of NAS and AoC Regional/Area Directors, January 10th 2013 It was a periodic coming together of NAS and AoC Directors to consider policy developments and performance challenges. Key issues of the moment are around quality enhancement related to models of delivery and the challenges around increasing 16 – 18 apprenticeship starts – both key ministerial priorities. There is much more going at the moment as we all know, for example in relation to High Needs Students Policy implementation, and developing our approach on London World Skills – more on these issues in future bulletins. Concluding on a very positive note, AoC London has been successful in securing two LSIS bids with our partners – Building Learner Progression and London Apprenticeship Good Practice – again, watch this space. Best wishes Caroline NevilleCALLS FOR ACTION Get involved in Adult Learners Week 2013! Adult Learners’ Week 2013 will be held from 18 - 24 May 2013. It is the UK’s largest festival of learning, Adult Learners’ Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate learning in all its forms, to raise awareness of the benefits it can bring, and to inspire adults of all ages to try something new. Register your interest in getting involved. However, there will be many other activities happening between now and March: • Free workshops • Planning materials • Attending network meetings • Selecting winners • Encouraging award ceremonies • Spreading the word • Getting ideas For more information please contact Amanda Pavon-Lopez at Adult Learners’ Week Team. Page 2 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 January 2013LONDON NEWS London Colleges’ staff in the New Year Honours Congratulations to London College staff and governors, past and present, who have been recognised in this year’s New Year Honours: OBE: Mrs Theresa Ann Drowley. Principal and chief executive Officer, Redbridge College. For services to Further Education. (Loughton, Essex) Miss Caroline Neville. Formerly Executive director, Skills Funding Agency. For services to Further and Higher Education and the Skills Sector. (Cambridgeshire) BEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire): Sandra Coats, Catering Assistant, Barking and Dagenham College London Colleges news Enterprise challenge at Uxbridge College makes charities the winners Enterprising Uxbridge College students have raised charity cash through a range of activities launched on an investment of just £10. Small businesses were set up as part of the Tenner Tycoon challenge selling items including international foods, decorated wooden cutlery, CDs of original music and hand-made jewellery. Another team set up a henna painting service. Uxbridge College picture Profits have been donated to the Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Michael Markhams charities which support the childrens hospice Shooting Star CHASE, Hillingdon Young Carers and AgeUK Hillingdon. To read the full story please visit London Colleges website. GLA news Mayor appoints Ray Lewis as Mentoring Advisor London teachers warn of high numbers of pupils starting day without breakfast in Assembly survey Assembly examines Pride London funding and Mayors mentoring programme Page 3 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 January 2013UPCOMING EVENTS AoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Region Committee Principals meeting with Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor, 14 January 2013 • AoC London Principals’ Forum and Principals’ Professional Council event, 17 January 2013 • AoC London Heads of Student Services Network meeting, 21 January 2013 • AoC London Marketing Committee meeting, 23 January 2013 AoC Create News AoC Spring Funding Reforms Conference, Tuesday 5 February 2013, Prospero House, London Colleges need to deal with major funding reforms in 2013 in several areas including new Education and Skills funding formulae, a new system of Further Education Loans, a new approach to funding students with learning difficulties and initiative to stimulate growth and tackle unemployment. This conference provides an update on key issues at the start of the 2013- 14 budget round and will help delegates work out both the details and the big picture for the next 12 months. To register your attendance and find out more about the conference please visit the AoC Create website.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGSRecent meetings Date Meetings/Events 17 December GLA 2020 Vision Meeting, City Hall (CN, JS) 17 December Meeting with Stella Flannery, Principal St Francis Xavier College (CN) 18 December NAS/GLA/TfL Travel Concession for Apprentices – Provider Focus Group meeting (JS) 21 December AoC Offices closed and reopened Wednesday 2 January 2013 7 January Institute of Education – Centre for London Policy meeting with Ken Spours and Amanda Hodgson (CN) 7 January ESOL London meeting: GLA/JCP/SFA/NCS/AOC (CN, JS) 10 January NAS Divisional Apprenticeships Directors and AoC Regional Directors meeting (CN)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 14 January AoC and Principals meeting with Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor, GLA (CN, JS) 14 January AoC and Linking London Task Group meeting (CN, JS) 14 January Meeting with London Voluntary Service Council (CN) Page 4 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 January 201315 January Meeting with Jacqui Mace Principal, Stanmore College (CN)15 January Meeting with PIXL8 – London Colleges website (JS, EJ)15 January Higher Vocational Learning Seminar, Birkbeck College (CN)17 January AoC London Principals’ Forum and Principals’ Professional Council event (AoCLR)18 January London Apprenticeships Travel Concession – Provider Focus Group (JS)18 January Meeting with World Skills and Skills Funding Agency (CN)18 January London Sixth Form Colleges meeting (CN)21 January AoC London Heads of Student Services Network Meeting (CN)21 January Meeting with JP Marks, Director of JCP, London and Home Counties (CN)22 January Meeting with Dr Jane Overbury Principal, Christ the King Sixth Form College (CN)22 January Joint LSIS Project meeting with LWBLA – Apprenticeships Summit (CN)23 January AoC London Region Marketing Committee Meeting (CN, JS)23 January LSIS Progression Project Advisory Group – AoC and Linking London Project (CN, JS)23 January Meeting with Mark Hilton, London First (CN)If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and futuremeetings/events please contact Etha Taylor, AoC London Region Team Administrator.CONTACTSIf you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this Bulletin, to requestadditional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for futureissues, please email Evelina Joykutty.Caroline Neville Judith SmythRegional Director Deputy Directorcaroline.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comEvelina Joykutty Etha TaylorRegional Co-ordinator Team Administratorevelina.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Page 5 of 5