AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin25 November 2011          Issue 104Feedback from AoC Annual Conference 2011This year’s ...
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011with them. ‘This is hopefully the first of manycompetitions with plan...
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011 Shared Services Efficiency Innovation Fund (EIF) projects As you are...
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011 Rachel Lane, Performing Arts Section Manager, said: “There are so ma...
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011             Colleges : KPMG                        and funding simpl...
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011Events and Dates for the Diary       Looking back to inform the futu...
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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin25 November 2011 Issue 104Feedback from AoC Annual Conference 2011This year’s Conference was the biggest to date and feedback to date has been positive. I hopethat the colleagues from London Colleges who attended the Conference found things to interestand inform them from the hundreds of sessions on offer. One session which seemed to godown particularly well this year was a new one, the Policy Update session led by AoC DeputyChief Executive, Lesley Davies. As a result of the good feedback we’ve had on that session,we’ve booked Lesley to come along and give a Policy Update at the Regional Forum onTuesday 13 March. We look forward to seeing as many Chairs and Principals (or theirDeputies) there as possible. But we hope to see you long before that, at one of our regionalforums or networks. If you’d like more information about them, the dates of forthcomingmeetings, who attends, what topics are on the agenda, please contact Rebecca Breen and signup if you like the sound of them.Feedback from Marketing CommitteeAt the Marketing Committee meeting on 9 November the Committee received an update onWorldSkills work. The overall marketing analysis will be available from AoC National in thenear future and AOC London Region are continuing with WorldSkills Legacy work.The meeting also received updates regarding student recruitment and londoncolleges.com andplanned the Marketing Managers’ Network event on 8 December.This event will focus on Colleges in their Communities and also intends to have a sessionconcerning improving 16-18 recruitment and IAG issues. There will also be an opportunity toshare case-studies and good practice. For further details please contact our office.WorldSkills UK 2012Competition entries for 2012UK Skills staff are moving into the National ApprenticeshipsService office on Monday, 28 November to complete theharmonisation process. Competitions are now branded asWorldSkillsUK (WSUK) as opposed to UK Skills with the newlogo shown above. Entries for the next round of competitions willclose on 15 March, 2012 but you should keep an eye on theworldskillsuk.org web site to check details. You can also phone0800 612 0742 or e-mail enquiries@worldskillsuk.orgThe competitions information session held at South Thames on Tuesday, 22 November provedvery successful. Carshalton College is celebrating winning the WorldSkills Games DevelopmentCompetition. The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, West Thames andSouth Thames Colleges, who hosted the event, also competed and brought plenty of supporters
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011with them. ‘This is hopefully the first of manycompetitions with plans for concept art and leveldesign rounds next year. Prizes includedWorldSkills medals and exposure in the industryplus a great achievement for students to add totheir CV’, says Maxine Alexander, Marketing andPublicity Manager at Carshalton College.We can also supply you with a copy of thepresentation on competitions given by ParisaShirazi from NAS to the Quality and CurriculumGroup in October. Please contact Rebecca Breen. Photo credit: Carshalton CollegeWorldSkills UK 2012Details of the WorldSkills legacy were presented by David Cragg from the Skills FundingAgency to Principals both at the London event and at the AoC Conference last week. Planningfor the national competitions final to be held in 2012 has already started. Some of the staff whoworked for WorldSkills London 2011 are transferring into the new organisation takingresponsibility for running the event. Exact dates and the venue are yet to be announced, but itwill not be in London. All the additional activities such as showcasing and have a Go will bepart of the event, which will be about half the size of WSL2011. If successful, there will be asimilar event somewhere in the UK every year to serve as a showcase for Vocational Education.Lastly, a quick reminder that Colleges can bid for capital equipment from WSL2011 and applyfor up to 50% of the cost in the form of a grant from the Skills Funding Agency. The offer isabout to be opened up more widely so hurry to take advantage of it! Details are available athttp://www.worldskills2011.com/equipment-saleTimes Education Supplement FE Awards: congratulations to LondonWinnersCongratulations to the three London Collegesthat won TES FE awards this year.Outstanding provider of the YearSponsored by LSISBSix Brooke House Sixth Form College, LondonOutstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning andSkillsBarking and Dagenham College, EssexOutstanding Marketing/Communications TeamSponsored by Wow! Marketing &Communications Management Photo credit: Barking & Dagenham CollegeBSix Brooke House SixthForm College, LondonOutstanding Estates TeamCity of Westminster College, London Page 2 of 7
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011 Shared Services Efficiency Innovation Fund (EIF) projects As you are aware AoC is starting to share with the sector information on the EIF Projects. Part of this remit has included developing material for the AoC National conference which is now available on line for Colleges to view. Please go to the Shared Services web page to view: eight case studies two videos on individual EIF projects that were shown at the AoC National Conference last week the Shared Services research evaluation report. London Skills and Employment Observatory evaluation The London Skills and Employment Observatory (LSEO) is a central source of information, research and data on all skills and employment issues for London. An evaluation of the services it provides is currently being completed. The LSEO would like to interview Colleges that are not currently using the website to discuss how the Observatory could be developed to best meet their needs. If you would like to take part in the evaluation please call Malen Davies on 0207 840 8336 or email malen.davies@cesi.org.uk. London Skills and Observatory: http://lseo.org.uk/Student Success Stories of the Fortnight Uxbridge College Students in Channel 4 Comedy Uxbridge College students have appeared in an episode of the Channel 4 comedy Pete Versus Life, starring Rafe Spall. One episode of the show, which is on its second season, included footage filmed at the College’s Hayes Community Campus, including in the theatre. These facilities are normally used by students on dance, drama and production arts courses, as well as for community events. The episode features a fashion show, and around 20 performing arts students were used as extras during filming. One media student, Ben Eames, worked with the production team on various aspects of the project over the three days, getting a real insight into the technical elements of filming for TV. Two hair styling students also worked with the production company’s hair and make- up department, with Katherine Wallis also being used as an extra – styling hair - in the filming of the backstage area of the fashion show. Photo credit: Uxbridge College Page 3 of 7
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011 Rachel Lane, Performing Arts Section Manager, said: “There are so many opportunities within Performing Arts and the qualifications we offer provide our learners with a fantastic head start as well as a true insight into how the industry works. “Uxbridge College presents great advantages for students in and around the area, and with our location being so near to both Central London and Pinewood Studios, we have been able to build good links within the film and television industry.”Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 8 Nov Meeting with KA Catch up meeting Caroline Allen, Orchard Hill College 8 Nov London Councils: KA The agenda included: policy/Consultations Young Peoples update, 16-19 Funding and Programme Education and Skills Consultation, YPES Vision and Strategy Board meeting Consultation, YPES Indicative Budget 2012 - GLA ESF Proposed Youth Priorities and Learner Voice. 10 Nov LSIS Seminar at KA Discussions on: emerging perspectives Croydon College about the role and purpose of FE and skills in the evolving context of greater freedom and devolution, the implications of different visions and purposes within the regional and local context, the implications for LSIS services and consider how LSIS might support sector leaders in realising these future roles and purposes, inform LSIS’s strategic planning, including identifying further development, prototyping, research and evidence needed to support the sector into 2012 and beyond. 10 Nov Meeting with KA, JS Discussion about potential workshop for Graham Robb, Youth London Colleges on the youth justice Justice Board system and how to improve communication about ex- offenders re-entering education and training 11 Nov Business manifesto JS Discussions held in order to find out what for the next Mayor of the priorities for the candidates should be in London, breakfast on tertiary education, employment and skills. Education, With the education sector facing once in a Employment & Skills generation funding and policy changes; youth unemployment being a contributory factor to the London riots; and restrictions on student immigration getting tighter, this policy area is expected to play a significant part in the forthcoming mayoral election. 11 Nov The future direction KA Discussions included: streamlined funding, on funding for the need for change – Education Funding Further Education Agency, Wolf, Raising the Participation Age Page 4 of 7
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011 Colleges : KPMG and funding simplification, New 16-19 event funding formula and a view from the sector.14 Nov Meeting with Jen KA Discussion on Skills London 2012 and how Delderfield Skills London Colleges can get involved London 201215-17 Nov Annual Conference, KA, JS, RB AoC Annual Conference. Birmingham22 Nov Meeting with KA, JS Discussion around issues of shared interest Michael Burke, Ken for London Colleges Linvingstones campaign teamFuture meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Agenda28 Nov Meeting with Skills KA Agenda to be confirmed Funding Agency Chief Executive and key London stakeholders28 Nov Meeting with Joy KA Discussions on ESOL and potential Merccer and Chris DCLG/UKBA funding. Hedges, Home Office29 Nov Meeting with Michael KA First meeting with new Principal Wheeler at Hillcroft College29 Nov Meeting with Mark KA Regular catch up meeting. Hilton, London First1 Dec AoCLR Regional AoCLR Agenda includes funding updates from SFA, Committee meeting YPLA and NAS and updates from the AoC Board, Governors’ Council, Marketing Committee, AoC London, AoC Procurement Manager and Podium.5 Dec Meeting with Rod KA Discussion about sponsored event for London Baker, Barclays Colleges in February 20125 Dec AoC London College AoCLR Review of checklist issued summer 2011 led by Checklist review consultant Peter Smith meeting6 Dec Meeting with Steve KA Catch up meeting Dowbiggin, Capel Manor College6 Dec AoC WS Portfolio KA Discussions on WorldSkills London 2011 and Group legacy activities for the sector8 Dec Seminar on refugees KA Discussions include the following: sharing the and post-16 education findings of the research; considering how to support refugees and asylum seekers to access learning; identifying policy issues that the Refugee Council can seek to address through advocacy work; shaping the guidance produced as part of the project for learning providers and individuals wishing to participate in post-16 education. Page 5 of 7
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011Events and Dates for the Diary  Looking back to inform the future: Ofsteds Annual Report and a new inspection framework for 2012 - Tuesday 6 December 2011, Prospero House, London. www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/aocofsted2011  AoC London College Checklist review meeting with Peter Smith- Monday 5 December 2011, AoC London head office. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk  Marketing Managers Network Meeting, Thursday 8 December. For more information please contact Judith Smyth: judith.smyth@aoc.co.uk  AoC London Principals’ Forum: Thursday 12 January, 3-5pm, Hackney Community College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk  AoC London Heads of Student Services network meeting: Tuesday 7 February, 10am- 1pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk  AoC London International meeting: Tuesday 21 February, 3-5pm, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk  AoC London Head of Sport network meeting: Thursday 23 February, 2.30-5pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk  AoC London Regional Forum: Tuesday 13 March, 4-6pm, Venue tbc. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.ukPolicy and other documents GLA news Student inventors can help make London greener with Mayors £20,000 Low Carbon Prize Mayor meets Londons next young entrepreneurs as he calls on business professionals to join Team London Boris launches Culture Squad 2012 – new apprentice producers scheme Boris Johnson launches inquiry into London schools Mayor recruits Team London volunteers to take the Classics into classrooms across the capital Londons school kids get set to watch a feast of London 2012 sport Page 6 of 7
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 25 November 2011If 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 Managerkate.anderson@aoc.co.uk judith.smyth@aoc.co.ukRebecca Breen Cyheme BiloutaRegional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time)rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk cyheme.bilouta@aoc.co.uk Page 7 of 7

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