AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin25 January 2013 – Issue 128Dear ColleaguesAoC London networks scheduled over the next two weeks include the AoC London RegionalCommittee (7th February), and the AoC London Regional Clerk’s network meeting (8thFebruary). For further information please get in touch with Evelina.Since our last AoC London Bulletin key events have included:AoC London Region Committee Principals’ meeting with Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor ofLondon for Business and Enterprise, 14 January 2013Our meeting was a timely opportunity to update on the work around GLA Vision 2020 andLondon Colleges Policy and Priorities, the Apprenticeship campaign, and the work of theLondon Enterprise Panel within the context of London Colleges role and contribution across thecapital. For further information contact Caroline.AoC London Principals’ Forum, January 17 2013Maggie Galliers, President of the AOC led a discussion on current key topics including fundingand participation, inspection, curriculum reform, workforce development and FE Guild andChartered Status. Maggie, in her role as President, was able to take away a number of pointsraised by Principals to feed into her meetings with Ministers and senior officials. Fundingagency policy was also on the agenda and included Jill Lowery (Skills Funding Agency) andAlan Parnum (Education Funding Agency) sharing their latest updates, followed by feedbackand discussion from Principals. For further information contact Caroline or Judith.AoC London Heads of Student Services Network meeting, 21 January 2013Key topics for this meeting, led by Joy Mercer (AoC National Director of Policy), included anupdate and opportunity to discuss policy issues with impact on student services includingCareers and IAG, traineeships, study programmes work placements, Chartered Status, and theFE Guild. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans formed a major part of the meeting, and Headswelcomed an update from Andrew King, Loans Programme Manager, Department of Business,Innovation and Skills and the opportunity for discussion and Q & A this opportunity presentedto members.AoC London Marketing Committee meeting, 23 January 2013The AoC Marketing Committee met on Wednesday 23 January. Danny Ridgeway, Principal ofBexley College chaired the meeting on this occasion. The meeting received updates from AoCRegion and AoC National. The committee also agreed a few improvements to our website:www.londoncolleges.com. They reviewed the previous Marketing Managers’ Network eventin December, which received very positive feedback, and started planning the next event on 14May. This event aims to cover Loans, Social Media and Study Programmes. If you have anyfurther suggestions, please get in touch with Judith.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 January 2013 Michael Farley will be moving on from Tower Hamlets College in the Spring. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work as Chair and his ideas on the committee over the last few years and, of course, we wish him well in his new ventures. Best wishes Caroline NevilleLONDON NEWS London Colleges news Putting the App into Apprenticeships Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP launched an innovative mobile app with students at South Thames College today. The app aims to get more young people interested in Apprenticeships, which are of growing importance in developing the skills needed for employment. South Thames College picture Developed by publishers Barker Brooks Communications, the free app incorporates many of the features of their market-leading Apprenticeship Guide. With information on the whole range of available schemes as well as employers and learning providers, the Apprenticeship Guide app brings invaluable knowledge to the fingertips of anyone interested in vocational training. To read the full story please visit London Colleges website. GLA news Experts recommend greater devolution for London to achieve fair funding for the capital Making London safer? – Assembly to review Mayor’s draft Police and Crime PlanUPCOMING EVENTSAoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Regional Committee meeting, 7 February • AoC London Regional Clerks’ network meeting, 8 February • AoC London MIS Managers’ Network meeting. 15 February • AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting, 26 February • AoC London Strategic Group for Sport meeting, 28 February Page 2 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 January 2013AoC Create News Observing Teaching and Learning; the new Common Inspection Framework, 28 February, London The newly revised Common Inspection Framework focuses much more on teaching, learning and assessment. To help colleges plan their arrangements for monitoring the quality of, and improving these aspects, AoC Create has developed an Observing Teaching and Learning workshop. The day will be led by experienced additional inspector Alastair Taylor and will be taking place in London, Tuesday 28 February. To register your attendance and find out more about the conference please visit the AoC Create website.Other events Linking London Event: Higher Level Skills Needs, 30 January 2013, Birkbeck, University of London This event will focus on the specific higher level skills needs of the London region, both current and future, with Alison Morris a member of UKCES providing the backdrop. It will also be looked at how higher level skills data can inform curriculum development in both HE and FE. The event will also include the launch of the AOC Building Learner Progression Project, funded by LSIS, of which Linking London is a key partner. This project will identify gaps in key sectors which are critical to London’s economy and aims to develop and promote the identity and value of London Higher Vocational Education. Note that event is free to members of Linking London. For non members there is a fee of £80 to cover event costs. To book a place or if you have any queries please email or call 020 7380 3226. FREE Adult Learners Week workshops in February and March 2013 All workshops will help you with your planning for Adult Learners Week events, and you will come away with loads of new ideas. Workshops run across London and the South-East and are available on a first come first served basis. Get some information, tips and pointers at one of the FREE workshops on “How to Run an Adult Learners’ Week Taster on a Budget” • Ideas for events and tasters that really work • Tips for planning a trouble-free event • Lots of free and subsidised resources for you to check out • Make the most of Adult Learners’ Week/Learning at Work Day branding and publicity • Use evaluations to keep hold of your new learners • Raise your profile and make the most of what you do through celebrations • Make new friends and save money with partnerships For more information about the dates, venues and to book your attendance please contact Amanda Pavon-Lopez on 07812 159689. Page 3 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 January 2013GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGSRecent meetings Date Meetings/Events 14 January AoC and Principals meeting with Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor, GLA (CN, JS) 14 January LSIS HE Progression Project:Task Group meeting with Linking London (CN, JS) 14 January Meeting with London Voluntary Service Council (CN) 15 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 Meeting with NAS andand Skills Funding Agency: World Skills (CN, JS) 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/IA) 22 January Joint LSIS Project meeting with LWBLA – London Apprenticeships (CN, JS) 23 January AoC London Region Marketing Committee meeting (CN, JS) 23 January LSIS Progression Project Advisory Group – AoC and Linking London Project (CN, JS)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 28 January Meeting with Dr Caroline Allen Principal, Orchard Hill College (CN) 30 January Higher Level Skills Event, Birkbeck, University of London (CN) 31 January Talent Match Steering Group meeting (JS) 4 February Catch up meeting with Davide Persechino and Rod Baker, Barclays (CN) 4 February London Apprentice Travel Concession – Provider Focus Group meeting (JS) 4 February Skills London 2013: meeting with Mark Hilton, London First and Jen Delderfield, Prospects (CN, JS) 4 February Quarterly meeting with Mark Hilton London First (CN) 4 February Quarterly meeting with Mary Vine-Morris, London Councils (CN) 6 February Beacon Awards – National Presentation (CN, JS) 7 February Meeting with Andrew Parkin, Principal, St Dominic’s Sixth Form College (CN) 7 February AoC London Regional Committee meeting (AoCLR) 8 February London Councils Operational Sub Group Meeting (OSG) (JS) 8 February AoC London Clerks’ Network meeting, South Thames College (CN) If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and future meetings/events please contact AoC London Region office. Page 4 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 January 2013CONTACTSIf 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 Smyth Evelina JoykuttyRegional Director Deputy Director Regional Cofirstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Page 5 of 5