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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin14 October 2011 Issue 102Regional Forum, 12 OctoberLondon Chairs and Principals heard a policy update from AoC Chief Executive, Martin Doeland a presentation from Catherine Vines of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College ontheir international work. Also on the agenda was the opportunity to comment on a draftLondon Colleges’ manifesto being pulled together in advance of next year’s Mayoral elections.The manifesto sets out what Colleges are doing to tackle some important issues for the Capitaland identifies the action they would like to see being taken by the incoming Mayor. Themanifesto will be finalised in light of feedback from Chairs and Principals and will be sharedwith Mayoral candidates at an appropriate time. To see the draft manifesto in its currentversion, please contact Rebecca Breen.Meeting with Skills Funding Agency Chief Executive and key LondonstakeholdersOn Monday 28 November the Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, Geoff Russell, willbe visiting each of the Skills Funding Agencys offices to meet a small number of keystakeholders and discuss issues of interest and concern in the region. Kate Anderson, RegionalDirector, AoC London, is attending the meeting on behalf of London Colleges.Please send through any points that you would like Kate to raise with Geoff Russell by Monday21 November.WorldSkills 2011 updateWorldSkills London 2011 – the biggest and the best yet!I’m sure all of you who went to the event last week would echo the opinion of WorldSkillsInternational at the closing ceremony. Huge thanks are due to everyone who contributed to thisby competing, supporting competitors, exhibiting, running Have a Gos, offering showcases,hosting study visits and volunteering. It was a London event and London Colleges made a verymajor contribution to its success. A number of records were broken:Team UK won 5 gold medals, one of which went to Ben Murphy for Cooking."Everybody at Westminster Kingsway College is massively proud of all Ben has achieved,”Andy Wilson, Principal, Westminster Kingsway College said. “Anybody who saw him inaction at WorldSkills this week could feel the passion he put in to his work. This, along with histremendous skill and dedication, has led to his recognition as a champion. I know he will go onto great things in his career and act as an inspiration to those students who follow him atWestminster Kingsway and the staff who teach them.
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011Ben, who works at Koffman’s, has frequently paid tribute to the staff at the College, especiallyNorman Fu. “I would like to thank Norman for all his time and effort in introducing me to newingredients and techniques: without his support and encouragement I wouldn’t have got towhere I am today.”Norman, chef lecturer, said: “ Personally WorldSkills is rewarding because I get to see astudent begin to develop their own ideas and techniques – Ben has impressed many peoplewithin the College with his high level of commitment and his rapid development.”Congratulations to both Ben and Norman on their amazing achievement.Team UK won 13 medals in total, more than ever before. The other medals won were:Gold in Bricklaying, Plumbing and Heating, Stonemasonry and Visual MerchandisingSilver in Autobody Repair and Landscape GardeningBronze in Automobile Technology, Car Painting, Joinery, Mechanical Engineering CAD,Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Welding.Medallions for Excellence were awarded in Beauty Therapy, Carpentry, Confectioner/PastryCook, Electrical Installations, Fashion Technology, Floristry, Graphic Design Technology,Ladies/Men’s Hairdressing, Mechatronics, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems, RestaurantService and Web Design.This haul put the team fifth in the WorldSkillstable, the best Team UK has ever achieved.60% of Team UK have attended an FE Collegeand 63% are Apprentices. If you want to lookat the results in more detail, go to Colleges were well represented in theMake It Happen exhibition area with a varietyof interactive activities on offer to visitors aswell as information about each College’scourses. A vast number of enquiries werereceived from the almost 200,000 visitors overthe four days, as well as new links made withinternational partners and employers. Themore illustrious visitors included: DavidCameron, Nick Clegg, Boris Johnson and JohnHayes, as well as ministers and otherdignitaries from the rest of the UK and othercountries. There were also two royal visitors,the Princess Royal and the Duke of York, whospoke at length to many of the young peoplethey met. Photo credits: Havering College of FE and HE Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011London Colleges also hosted a range of study visits for WorldSkills international visitors, whoreported back very positively both on the friendly reception they received and the usefulness ofthese visits.WorldSkills London 2011 ended with the flag being passed on to WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. Thecompetitions cycle which could lead to participation there is being launched this month andthere will be a series of information briefings held in November to explain how to get involved.Parisa Shirazi from the NAS competitions team will be at the Vice Principals’ Quality andCurriculum meeting on 17 October to explain how your students, Apprentices, staff andorganisations can get involved. Information is also available at WorldSkills London 2011 legacy was launched at a reception hosted by Geoff Russell atExCel. The proposal to hold an annual national competition finals event from October 2012was well received by the Principals attending as well as by a number of the sponsors. The finalsevent will move round the UK each year and provide a public focus for what the sector has tooffer as well as the Have a Go activities which were so popular last week. Funding is stillavailable to support local Have a Go activities up to February next year so keep your proposalscoming in to and keep an eye on for the brochure of equipment to be sold and supported withgrants of up to 50% through the Capital Equipment Fund.And a final factoid... the DLR record for the highest number of people travelling on one daywas broken during WorldSkills London 2011.Reminder: Outcome Incentive Payments: Feedback requestLondon Councils have asked for feedback on Outcome Incentive Payments.Please see their message below:London Councils are keen to hear what work has been undertaken by colleges to date in termsof developing plans as part of the Outcome Incentive Payments, in order to get more people into work in their local area. We would be interested to hear whether you have engaged withyour local authority yet to work with them to help produce the plans, or whether you will belooking to engage with them in future. We would like to hear information on how this work isprogressing and whether anything has worked well, or where there may be any sticking pointsthat we may be able to assist with. From the responses that we receive we would like to look atwhether we could share any best practice with other colleges and local authorities. Pleasecontact Nicola Lowis at if you would like to share yourthoughts or discuss in more detail.Please could you also share your replies with AoC London Region by copying your message toJudith Smyth.‘This is Abuse’: A campaign to reduce teenage relationship abuseThe Home Office is running a national campaign to tackle abuse in teenage relationships and isasking colleges across the country to help promote their message to young people.Violence is shockingly prevalent in teenage relationships. In a recent study, 25 per cent of girlsand 18 per cent of boys said they’d been hit or attacked by a partner. But abuse isnt alwaysphysical: the same study showed that half of all teenage girls and up to three quarters ofteenage boys have experienced emotional abuse from a partner. The problem is, many young Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011 people dont know how to spot the signs that something is wrong, either in their own relationships or those of their friends. ‘This Is Abuse has produced some materials to help young people recognise abuse, and empower them to avoid violent and controlling behaviour. These range from printed postcards and posters for you to put up round your college, to electronic toolkits to help you engage teenagers in conversation about this difficult topic. To find out more and order materials, please contact Student theatre offer Noel & Gertie revival at the Cockpit Theatre Tuesday 27 September-Saturday 22 October: There is a special offer for Performing Arts students: £10 per ticket. Book the tickets in advance by visiting and use the code DRAMA. Alternatively you can call 020 7258 2925 – everyday from midday. Students will need to bring their college ID card on the door.Student Success Stories of the Fortnight Official Launch of Alex Scott Academy On Friday 7 October, England International Footballer, Alex Scott, officially opened the new Kingston College Women’s Football Academy in partnership with Alex Scott and Puma. The Alex Scott Academy is the first academy of its kind in the UK and highlights the growth of the women’s game. Kingston College’s Head of School for Sport and Leisure Jade Mountain said: “I am delighted to be here at the official launch of The Alex Scott Academy. We Photo credit: Kingston College couldn’t ask for a better figurehead and ambassador for the Academy than Alex: she is an England international and professional player in the USA and she came through an Academy system herself, demonstrating just how effective they are. We are proud to be associated with an individual, a person and a real face who is not a brand, but can offer our players real support and inspiration.” Alex, who is busy preparing for England’s next European Championship qualifier against Holland on 27 October, is delighted to be part of a new era at Kingston College offering her personal experiences, support and guidance to young players aspiring to follow in her footsteps and reach the top of their game. She says: “I am delighted to have officially launched the Alex Scott Academy. To be able to give the girls the opportunity to play and study just like I did is something that Im very honoured and proud to be doing.” Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011 Puma commented: "Puma is proud to be associated with the Alex Scott Academy at Kingston College, the college is a key partner in education and innovation as it promotes excellence in the classroom as well as on the field." The new academy will add to the already flourishing academy provision at Kingston College and aims to provide players with an unrivalled calibre of training, skills development and match play and Kingston College’s ongoing commitment to offer quality football provision has been recognised with this partnership.Send in your student success stories! AoC London region would love to receive and read more of your student success stories so please send them through to us at: and we will include them in future issues of the AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin.Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 4 Oct Meeting with SEETEC JS Discussion between AoC regions and SEETEC 4-8 Oct WorldSkills London AoCLR Visit the WorldSkills website for more 2011 team information on how the event went: 7 Oct Clerks network JS The agenda included reports back from the meeting Governors Council 05/07/11; National Clerks Network Committee on 27/09/11; Code of Governance, Clerks Qualification Framework, Strategic Partnerships in the Sector, Recent Inspections and Confidential advice. 11 Oct Abi Lammas, LSIS KA Discussed the: Regional Response Fund Activity Regional communication and collaboration strategy LSIS National and Regional update 12 Oct AoCLR Regional AoCLR See headlines Forum team 14 Oct Extended Strategy KA, JS Regular AoC Directors meeting MeetingFuture meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 17 Oct VP C&Q network AoCLR Agenda includes presentations from Ofsted and meeting RCU about the AoC/RCU Mides project 18 Oct London Management KA Regular meeting to discuss WorldSkills Group 21 Oct Meeting with Michael KA Regular one to one meeting Wheeler at Hillcroft College Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011Events and Dates for the Diary  AoCLR Vice Principals Curriculum & Quality network meeting – Monday 17 October, 3pm-5pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please contact Rebecca Breen for more information.  Applications, Admissions and Student Support Conference 2011 The new FE and HE landscape - An AoC National Conference. Wednesday 19 October 2011 - Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham.  London Skills & Employment Observatory: Helping London to deliver Skills for Growth event – Thursday 27 October 4.30-6.30pm at the Business Design Centre, London. Please be aware that spaces at this event are limited. Reserve your place early by contacting Emma Hutchinson. Please note that places may be limited to one per organisation.  Linking London event - The new HE landscape: Opportunities or challenges for HE in FE? Wednesday 2 November, 2-5pm at University of London. To book a place or if you have any queries please email or call 020 7380 3226.  Young People and Opportunity: a Vision for London – Tuesday 8 November at the Institute of Education. Please contact Richard Bull for more information.  AoCLR Finance Directors’ network meeting – Thursday 10 November, 9am-1pm, Venue tbc. Please contact Rebecca Breen for more information.  AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition: 15, 16 and 17 November 2011 - Registration is now open for AoC’s flagship event of the year which takes place between Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November 2011 at the ICC in Birmingham.  AoSEC (Association of South East Colleges) is our sister organisation in the south east region. AOSEC runs 22 professional development networks which bring together staff from across the south east to hear and discuss updates on areas relating to the curriculum or their job role. Colleagues from London Colleges would be welcome to attend these networks. There is a charge for membership of the networks. Colleagues can find out more information and book online via For more information please contact Lisa Mullock:  Looking back to inform the future: Ofsteds Annual Report and a new inspection framework for 2012 - Tuesday 6 December 2011, Prospero House, London. Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011Policy and other documents The Intelligence e-Group Despatch If you would like to view the latest issues of the Intelligence e-Group Despatch please follow this link. The Despatch is produced by Mike Cooper, from Education Development which works in partnership with AOSEC, LSC South East, LSN and City & Guilds Institute/Centre for Skills Development to provide a regular free electronic newsletter updating colleagues on latest developments in post-compulsory learning and skills and much more. For your free subscription to the Intelligence e-Group Despatch, e-mail Mike Cooper, giving brief details of your organisation and role. London TV region gets set for digital Digital TV switchover is the biggest change in television since the introduction of colour. In April 2012, analogue television will be switched off across the London TV region. If you don’t have digital TV by the time of switchover, you will lose your TV channels. If you are still watching analogue TV (five channels or fewer) on any of your sets, you need to convert them to digital. Virtually any existing TV can be converted using a Freeview box, a digital satellite service or digital cable. Almost everyone will be able to watch Freeview after switchover – even homes currently out of coverage. You can check the options for going digital in your area, and what channels will be available through an aerial, using the postcode checker at For older and disabled viewers who may find making the switch difficult, the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme is at hand to provide everything you need to switch one TV set to digital. Most eligible people will be asked to pay £40 towards the standard option of help. For eligible people on income-related benefits, it’s free. This includes easy to use equipment, an approved installer to supply and install the equipment, and a 12 month aftercare service, including a free helpline. If you’re 75 and over or eligible disabled, the Help Scheme will write to you directly and in plenty of time to ask if you want help. If you have any questions about switchover, you can call the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50 or visit There will also be roadshows near your area from January 2012 – look out for more information on the website. For further information on the Switchover Help Scheme visit or call free on 0800 40 85 900. Textphone users can call 0800 40 85 936. GLA news Mayor channels over £50 million towards vulnerable young Londoners Mayor to fund tough love leadership clubs in Londons schools Team London: Boris army grows to 60,000 volunteers Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 14 October 2011Due to half term the next issue of the AoC London Region Members’ bulletin will be sent outon Friday 4 November.If 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 Rebecca Breen.Kate Anderson Judith SmythRegional Director Executive Breen Cyheme BiloutaRegional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8