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  • 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin18 May 2012- Issue 114Letter from AoC London Regional DirectorDear colleaguesI wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to readers of the AoC London Bulletin. This isthe last contribution I’ll be making to the Bulletin as the next one appears on 1 June, the dayafter I leave my role as AoC London Regional Director.The Bulletin is one of the things I’m pleased to have been associated with during my three anda bit years as AoC’s Regional Director. It’s evolved into something much more useful andreadable, following the changes we made after seeking feedback from members on its contentand style. It goes to an extended number of colleagues within London Colleges, in line with theexpansion of the number of Forums and networks in the last three years. During that time, AoCLondon and London Colleges have established themselves more firmly as a body that needs tobe taken seriously. We have regular meetings with the Mayor’s Advisers and are representedon the London Enterprise Panel, the Mayor’s Education Inquiry Panel and London Councils’Young People’s Education and Skills Group, to name just three. We have regular inputs to AoCregional meetings from senior colleagues in the funding bodies and Ofsted and have beenworking to establish strategic relations with colleagues in DWP and Jobcentre Plus, conscious ofthe growing importance of the Welfare to Work agenda for Colleges and their future funding.I’m delighted that my successor, Caroline Neville, will be taking up the role of RegionalDirector from 6 June. Many of you may know Caroline from her previous roles in the sector, asa Principal, national and regional LSC Director and, most recently, policy adviser within BIS.She is looking forward to working with you to take forward your priorities. She brings with hera huge amount of experience in the sector, including her HE in FE policy role in BIS. This is anagenda I know that many of you are keen to develop further in your College.I’ve had great support carrying out the Regional Director role from the three Chairs of AoCLondon Region I’ve worked with (Sue Rimmer, Kim Clifford and Ian Ashman) current andprevious members of the Regional Committee, the AoC London team, the AoC National team,and from colleagues working in London Colleges. Without you, there wouldn’t have been a jobto do and without you, I couldn’t have done it. I’ve hugely enjoyed being your RegionalDirector and wish all of you the very best for the future.Kate AndersonLondon Principals’ Forum, 8 MayAround 40 people attended the Principals’ Forum last week, where the main topic was therevised inspection framework. Matthew Coffey, National Director, Learning and Skills atOfsted spoke about the new framework (please email Evelina Bagusyte for a copy of hispresentation). Maxine Room, Principal of Lewisham College, spoke about the College’s recentinspection experience under the existing arrangements, although she pointed out that it felt likean amalgam of old and new frameworks. Matthew has agreed to come to speak at next month’s
  • 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012Regional Forum, by which time guidance on the new framework should have been published.See below for more information about the event.Also on the agenda was a presentation by Stephen Evans on the work he’s done as the firststage in an AoC London LSIS Regional Response Fund Extension Project. Stephen analysed sixrecent influential policy reports as the starting point for a project that will give three Collegeconsortia (including one led by London Capital Colleges) the chance to test out their approachto one of the three priorities provisionally identified so far: • Defining London and FE’s mission • Models of Engagement • Creating Local PartnershipsFor a copy of Stephen’s presentation, and to find out more about the next stages of the projectand how your College can get involved, please contact Kate Anderson.Marketing Managers’ Network Meeting, 10 MayThe Marketing Managers’ Network Meeting was held at Working Men’s College on Thursday10 May. It was well-attended and provided Marketing Managers with a good opportunity tonetwork and share well practice. There were also a number of presentations. These included averbal update from Ben Verinder, AoC’s Director of Communications and a presentation fromJo Gilham, who worked on a London Region PR campaign from January – March. Jo explainedthe challenges she faced and made some recommendations for the future. There was also aninteractive workshop on Reputation Management from Fiona Carthy from the KnowledgePartnership which was very well-received and we hope to provide further workshop sessionson this important issue in the future. Fiona’s and Jo’s powerpoint presentations have beencirculated to Marketing Managers but if you are interested in receiving these please contactEvelina Bagusyte for copies.London Region AoC/BCS College Sport Conference, 14 May There was an excellent turnout at the conference held at Hackney Community College on 14 May. The conference was organised by a sub-group of the AoC London Heads of Sport network and sponsored jointly by London Region AoC and BCS. A team of student volunteers drawn from several London Colleges supported the event, acting as stewards and making a video of proceedings. The conference featured plenary and breakout sessions, giving colleagues working in sport (academic and participation aspects),enrichment and student services the opportunity to hear updates, inspirational speakers and tolearn from each other’s experience. The event generated a great deal of interest andcommitment, including among colleagues who hadn’t previously been engaged in AoC or BCSnetwork activities. The Regional Strategic Group for Sport and the Heads of Sport network willnow be looking to see how they can capitalise on the momentum and help to build greaterlevels of participation in sport among London Colleges’ students and staff. AoC London plans Page 2 of 8
  • 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012to create a section of their webpage where the presentations from the conference and otherinformation about getting involved in the sport network may be found. In the meantime, ifyou’d like more information about the event, copies of the presentations and information abouthow to get involved in future, please contact Evelina Bagusyte.AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party, 28 JuneThe AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party takes place at Barclays, 1 Churchill Place(Canary Wharf station) on 28 June. Matthew Coffey has agreed to come back and give a furtherupdate on the new Ofsted framework. In addition, there will be a practically-oriented sessionaddressing the issue of what good governance means in the current environment. Chairs,Principals and College Nominees are invited to the event. Thanks to Barclays for theirsponsorship and for providing a venue for the event. Further information about the event willbe circulated soon but, in the meantime, please hold the date and start registering.WorldSkills update – WorldSkills UK CompetitionsThere are no new updates since the previous Bulletin which encouraged Colleges to considergetting involved with the preparations for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. This is an ongoingrequest so, if you’re interested, please contact formore information.Olympic and Paralympic games updateCollege Stage Stars Shine at London 2012A group of 33 performing arts students from Barking & Dagenham College and their tutorMark Civil, Head of Performing Arts, have been chosen to take key roles at London 2012 this summer. Mark beat around 800 applicants to be selected as one of the London Victory Ceremony Venue Producers who arrange the grand gold, silver and bronze medal presentations. On top of this, Mark – who is on a six month secondment – is also chaperoning the large group of students from the College’s School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre who have been selected to perform in the Opening Ceremony. The students have been rehearsing hard for the £27 million ceremony which will take on a Shakespeare- inspired theme to celebrate British culture.Barking & Dagenham College photoMark, who will be working in a team to produce ceremonies at three of the London 2012venues, said: “I took on the role so I could be at the heart of the London Games. It is really niceto know that I am helping to present Olympic medals to athletes who have been working mostof their life to achieve at this high standard. I am really enjoying being part of this huge event; ithas been great to see how such a big operation works from the inside.” Page 3 of 8
  • 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012The budding dancers are working with Oscar-winning Film Director Danny Boyle, whodirected the well-known film Slumdog Millionaire, and who is also directing the much awaitedOlympic Opening Ceremony.Thomas Kirby, Performing Arts Student at Barking & Dagenham College, said: “So far we havebeen rehearsing a dance once a week for two months. We are working with a large group ofpeople, so it has been a great team building exercise. The opportunity has given me lots ofconfidence; I am really into acting and had never danced until now. I now know I can danceand this will help with my future career. I feel like I have really achieved something big and Ilook forward to all of the rehearsals.” Mark Civil has many years of experience as a Producer /Director and has recently led his students to deliver a showcase performance on the main stageat the largest ever international skills competition and careers event, WorldSkills 2011, heldExCel in London.OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESTalent Coaches Breakfast Club – UEL SportsDockJoin fellow UKCC Level 3 coaches (or those working towards it) to listen to recognised expertand share your coaching insights. Coaches should be working with athletes/players/teams ofcounty/regional standard or performance or above.The discussion is on Thursday 31 May 2012, 08.30am-11.00am at UEL SportsDock, DocklandsCampus, University Way, E16 2RD.If you wish to book onto this event, please email SportsDock or call Reception on 020 8223 6888.The Apprenticeship Awards 2012 and National Training Awards 2012Please continue to encourage and enter people for the above Awards online. The Awards willbe announced at the Skills Show event 14 November, 2012, Birmingham.The entry deadline is 5.00pm 25 May 2012. If you would like more information, please emailinfo@nationaltrainingawards.comNAS Provider Conference: London & SE Providers Achieving ExcellenceThe event is on Friday 25 May 2012 from 10am to 4pm at Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close,London SE1 9DD. Please find attached Agenda.Please contact Nicola Mayell at The London Work Based Learning Alliance to register yourinterest in attending.The Great Sportsmanship Programme (GSP)GSP is an innovative and inspirational education programme that gets sportsmanship into the hearts of young people whilst boosting results in PE, English, PSHE Citizenship, Civics & Communications. Students enjoy the true two minute stories about sportsmanship. Teachers can use the free workbook (with pre-prepared classroom tasks) along with the freeTutor’s Guide (containing the answers). Stories are available on Great blog Page 4 of 8
  • 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012and the Great Sportsmanship facebook page. Additional stories are availabe in the book andeBook. The programme also boosts interest in, and participation of, sport.Note: Watch this unique inspirational video "If one day I score, I’d be so happy that I’d fly."If you are interested in integrating sportsmanship into your teaching programmes pleasecontact GSP Founder and author, Paul Smith.Developing the community curriculum in FE colleges: conferencesThe free of charge conference aims to highlight practical examples and resources that couldassist colleges in developing responsive curricula for their communities. The events’ dates: • 12 June 10.30am – 3.00pm Abbey Centre, London • 19 June 10.30am – 3.00pm Kings House, Manchester • 20 June 10.30am – 3.00pm BVSC, BirminghamFor more information please visit the NIACE website.Award Winning Students Champion Adult Learners’ Week at Kensington and ChelseaCollege!The College, which is backing the national event being held from May 12-18, was this weektoasting two of their adult learners – Sophie Beale and Jo Miller – for their success in a high-profile millinery competition run by Grazia Magazine. The competitionto find Britains next great hat designer was judged by some of the mostfamous names in millinery including Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones.Sophie, who studied HNC Millinery at the College last year, wascrowned the winner for her elegant bird creation inspired by the Britishseaside. The talented 29-year-old from London said: Hearing Id wonalmost gave me a heart attack! I really want to pursue a career inmillinery and winning this is amazing! Since completing her courseSophie has been working as a freelance milliner and was recentlycommissioned as a designer for a Chinese commercial millinerycompany. Photo: Sophie Beale, KCC Jo, 37, who is in the final months of her HNC Millinery course at the college earned the runner-up title. Formerly an Audience Development Officer for a Gallery in North Lincolnshire, Jo decided to pursue her interest in millinery with a summer school course that eventually led to a life changing decision to relocate to London to train as a professional milliner. Speaking about returning to education Jo said: “The course at the college has been brilliant. I always wanted to study millinery but never pursued it when I was younger. I did a short summer course and that was it – I decided to go all the way. I gave up my job and here I am doing what I love. I found the return to education really exciting and would encouragePhoto: Jo Miller, KCC those in the same situation to go for it. Its not as scary as it seems, and can really change your life!”You can read the full article at the London Colleges website. Page 5 of 8
  • 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 8 May AoC London AoCLR See Headlines Principals Forum 10 May Marketing JS See Headlines Managers’ network meeting 10 May AOC, YOT, Secure JS The following topics were discussed: Estate working • Terms of reference group on young • Allocation of Working Groups on offenders and Protocol, Risks and Communications access to sustained • Making sure our respective networks and successful FE are engaged in this work and how we placements can communicate and implement our recommendations. 14 May London Region KA, EB See Headlines AoC & BCS College Sport Conference 16 May AoC BDM Meeting EB The following topics were discussed: • Local Enterprise Partnership • FE Commercial • Regional Up-date 17 May Meeting Jill KA Regular catch up meeting Lowery, SFA and Mike Pettifer, YPLA 18 May Clerks’ Network JS The following topics were discussed: meeting • NUS Presentation • Governors Council report • Foundation Code of Governance discussion • Modification of the Instrument & Articles discussion • Clerk & Governor Training & Development • Recent Inspections updates 18 May Meeting with Vic KA Quarterly catch up meeting Grimes, Apprenticeships 18 May AoC Directors’ KA Event taking place at the Institute of away day Arbitrators Page 6 of 8
  • 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012Future meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Agenda22 May Initial meeting with IA, KA, JS Regular catch up meeting John-Paul Marks, JobCentre Plus24 May College KA, The following topics will be discussed: Procurement • General update Efficiency Forum • Sharing of efficiency savings • Opportunities for Collaboration • CPC update • Sourcing & Benchmarking25 May LEST Meeting JS Regular catch up meeting25 May NAS Provider JS Speakers include Cathy Walsh, Vic Grimes, Conference: London Matthew Coffey, and Chris Cherry from & SE Providers LSIS and Sean Kearns from CXK. Achieving workshops include: FS/GSCE Delivery in Excellence Apprenticeships; SASE Compliance; Raising Participation Age; Management of subcontracted provision; Higher Apprenticeships and Ofsted: Getting Ready for Inspection.29 May AoC London Head AoCLR The following topics will be discussed: of Student Services • AoC Student Services update Network Meeting • DCLG’s work on youth homelessness • IAG/holistic and engagement support for early leavers - Care Leavers and Teen Parents (male/female) • No Free Lunch? Campaign • AoC London updates31 May FE Principal KA, JS Regular meeting ahead of the Meeting, Ian Principals’/GLA meeting on 14 June. Ashman, Michelle Cuomo and Andrew Gates, GLA31 May AoCLR Regional AoCLR Agenda to be confirmed Committee meeting1 June OSG Meeting JS Regular meeting Page 7 of 8
  • 8. AoCEvents and Dates for the Diary London Region Members’ Bulletin, 18 May 2012  AoC Equality and Diversity Conference, Wednesday 23 May 2012, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London Heads of Student Services Network meeting, Tuesday 29 May, 10.00am- 1.00pm at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  London Skills and Employment Convention, Friday 29 May, 8.30am-4.40pm at Church House Conference Centre, London. For more information please visit Inclusion Events website.  AoC Purchasing Conference and Exhibition, Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 May 2012, ICC, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London Regional Committee, Thursday 31 May, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC London Finance Directors’ Network meeting, Wednesday 13 June, 9.00am-1.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC London HE Coordinators meeting, Wednesday 20 June, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC Offices, London. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  The College Finance Directors’ Conference and Exhibition, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June 2012, The International Centre, Telford. For more information please visit the AoC Events website.  BCS/AoC National Sports Conference 2012, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 June at Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party, Thursday 28 June, PM, Venue Barclays, 1 Churchill Place. Please email Judith Smyth for more information.  AoC CIS/MIS Managers’ Network meeting, Friday 29 June, 10.00am-1.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.Policy and other documents If you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this bulletin, to request additional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for future issues, please email Evelina Bagusyte. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager Evelina Bagusyte Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8