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  • 1. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin – 22 October 2010 Headlines... Principals’ Forum/Regional Forum feedback On 12 October AoC London region held a Principals’ Forum with Geoff Russell where he spoke about hard federations. AoC’s President, Chris Morecroft, attended the Principals’ Forum. Click here to view the feedback report. This was followed by a Regional Forum at which the speakers were Stephen Evans [job title], Jack Morris [job title] and Professor Mike Campbell [job title]. Click here to view the feedback from the Regional Forum. RPG news Kate Anderson met Mary Vine-Morris, London RPG Director, on 15 October to discuss the review of the RPG. AoC members will be surveyed as part of the review; Principals will receive information about it in the next few days. Feedback from the survey will be reported to the next meeting of the RPG on 22 November. WorldSkills London 2011 update The Skills Funding Agency is seconding a full-time member of staff to AoC to work with WorldSkills Champions, Colleges and AoC Regional Directors to help embed competitions into mainstream College activity. Val Chiesa will be joining AoC shortly and will be based in the AoCLR office. This is an additional resource to Lawrence Basco of the SFA who has been working with UK Skills, AoCLR and other regional partners for a couple of days a week over the last few months. Lawrence will continue to work with London partners and Colleges. Feedback from London First meeting Kate Anderson met John Attree and Mark Hilton of London First on 18 October to discuss AoCLR’s and London Colleges’ membership. AoCLR will seek the views of current members on a potential different model and London First colleagues are seeking views internally as to the options. Further information will be provided once the way forward is clear. AoCLR and RSC London break out session at the AoC Conference AoC London Region and RSC London will be running a breakout session at the AoC Conference on Wednesday afternoon (November 17). If you have not already booked your place at conference please visit: http://aocannualconference.co.uk/ Breakout session details: In this session, three Colleges demonstrate the success of technology-based interventions that are delivering change and improvement to the business of teaching and learning. Kingston College (Innovative blended learning models), Ealing,Hammersmith West London
  • 2. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 College (Reaching a diverse workforce) and Redbridge College (Lesson Observation Tracking System) show how nurturing change and innovation reaps results. AoC London Region meeting about safer learning, anti-violence initiatives in London Since the publication some 18 months ago of AoCLR’s document Tackling and Preventing Gang Problems in London Colleges, we have sought to maintain the momentum on this important issue. We co-hosted with LSIS a seminar in October 2009 at Sir George Monoux College at which David Lammy MP and Mayoral Adviser Pam Chesters were keynote speakers. We have participated in workshops run by the GLA and involving the Metropolitan Police, the Youth Justice Board, the London Serious Youth Violence Board, Government Office for London and London Councils. We have just been invited to attend another workshop event being run on 1 November by the Metropolitan Police as part of the development of an anti-violence strategy where the outcome is likely to be the creation of a Pan London Anti Violence Board that reports to the London Crime Reduction Board. The aim of the Anti Violence Board is to identify ways in which all the agencies concerned – including Colleges – can benefit from better joint working, analysis and evaluation that will assist us all to operate more effectively through the challenging financial times ahead. Paul Head has been involved in these developments throughout and has also chaired a national Prevent group of FE Principals. He and I would now like to invite Principals and Vice-Principals who are interested in this issue and believe they have something to contribute to a meeting at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London on Monday 29 November from 10 am to 12 noon. We want to be proactive in collating information about the contribution that London Colleges can make to this agenda to share with the agencies involved in driving initiatives such as the Pan London Anti Violence Board. Please respond to AoCLondonregionevents@aoc.co.uk if you would be interested in and able to attend the meeting. Student Success Story of the Fortnight Hackney Community College 18 year old Vassiliki Papadopulus is relishing the new challenges and responsibility she faces on her Hospitality and Catering course at Hackney Community College. Vassiliki, who lives in Hackney, progressed successfully from the College’s New Horizon programme - a personal and social development course for people with learning difficulties - on to the Entry Level Hospitality and Catering course. She is enjoying it immensely. The bright and bubbly teenager already had a bit of kitchen experience helping to run the Essential Café on the New Horizon course and is delighted that she will be able to further develop her culinary skills at a more advanced stage. She said: “I want to learn new things and I am enjoying my new course. The teachers are very nice and I have made a lot of new friends.”
  • 3. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 Tutor Gillian Adamson said: “The New Horizon Course that Vassiliki attended last year laid the foundations that enabled her to make the transition to the catering course she is now on.” The New Horizon programme launched last year at HCC teaches vital life skills, including literacy and numeracy to people with learning difficulties and disabilities and prepares them for independent living. LSIS Procurement Seminars LSIS are running a series of procurement & contract management seminars across the country, for organisations interested in working with LSIS as potential suppliers. The purpose of the seminars is to explain LSIS tendering requirements, new ways of working, increased sector engagement and greater regional focus. Their headline objective is to help would-be suppliers to understand their expectations. Wednesday 10 November 2010 – South Croydon (registration closes 5th November) Thursday 18 November 2010 – Nottingham To book onto these seminars, please visit the LSIS events pages. For a full agenda please contact Rebecca Breen. Enhancement of Learning Support Programme AoC are currently working with NATSPEC to deliver an Enhancement of Learning Support Programme on the behalf of LSIS. The programme is being delivered in each of the nine regions across England and the lead providers for the programme in the London region are Carshalton College and Orchard Hill College. Both Colleges are currently inviting providers to a series of two regional network meetings which will be taking place on 10 November 2010 and 16 February 2011. The meetings will be aimed towards: Learning Support Assistants and their Managers; Quality Improvement Managers; Those with a responsibility for the learning and development of staff. To register and attend the network meetings please click on this link and also see the flyer attached to this email for further details. London 2012 Tickets On 15 October London 2012 announced its Olympic Games ticket prices (Paralympic Games ticket prices will be announced later) and details of the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative which will distribute 100,000 Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets to children and young people in schools and colleges across London and around the UK. Two top facts about tickets:
  • 4. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 1. There are 8.8 million tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tickets for the Olympic Games will be available at a wide range of prices, starting at £20. And there are even special price tickets for children and young people – they will pay their age to go to the Games! Find out more 2. The London 2012 Ticketshare initiative will donate tickets to children and young people in schools and colleges across the UK. Find out more below. Read 'Frequently asked questions' about London 2012 Ticketshare Tickets for your school/college If you are a member of the Get Set network you are in a great position to take advantage of the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative. London 2012 will be in touch next year to let you know how you can secure your allocation of tickets! Teaching Courses at Richmond Adult Community College Are you involved in delivering learning or training? Could you benefit from additional qualifications? RACC is offering November start teaching and training qualification courses. The Certificate in Education Year One The Certificate in Education (2 years total) is a full teaching qualification enabling you to gain the essential understanding and skills to ensure you become a professional and effective teacher. On completion you will be able to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills) status with the Institute for Learning. This year, a grant of £400 is available for the Cert Ed, as well as income based grants according to eligibility. To find out more visit http://www.racc.ac.uk/course/L00011-101101 Additional Diploma – Literacy and ESOL If you teach ESOL or Literacy and have Cert Ed or DTLLS equivalent, the specialist Diploma is a great way to review your practice with other specialists, gain insight into current themes and issues, and become a qualified specialist teacher of SfL. A concessionary fee is available on the Additional Diploma for those on income-based benefits. For further information on this course visit http://www.racc.ac.uk/course/L00004-101101 RACC also offers PTLLS, Trainer Skills, Assessor and Verifier training. For more information on all of our teaching qualifications please visit our website at www.racc.ac.uk or contact Mr Hilary Walsh by email hilary.walsh@racc.ac.uk or phone 020 8891 5907 ext 7933. Recent meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Outcome/follow-up 12 October AoCLR Principals' KA, JS Geoff Russell spoke about the Forum with Geoff benefits of hard federations as Russell, Skills a means of responding to Funding Agency difficult times. 12 October AoC Regional KA, JS Key Speakers: Forum Stephen Evans, LDA - to talk about the Regional Skills
  • 5. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 Priorities Statement Jack Morris, LSEB – to provided a perspective from the London Skills and Employment Board Mike Campbell, UKCES – advised on what the National Strategic Skills Audit for England says about London 14 October Meeting with Ruth KA First meeting with new Gilbert, Southwark London Principal College Meeting with KA Meeting with new manager of 14 October Graciano Soares JISC Advance Regional from RSC London Support Centre in London 15 October Meeting with Mary KA Regular one to one meeting Vine Morris, RPG 18 October Meeting with KA Meeting with John Attree, London First Mark Hilton to discuss AoCLR and Colleges’ membership of LF 19 October Visit to Richmond KA Visit to College and meeting Upon Thames with David Ansell 21 October National Training KA Selected the UK Winner of the Awards UK Panel Year in three categories: training provider; partnership and collaboration; and individual. Future meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 01 Nov London Anti- KA A workshop organised by Ian Violence Board McPherson QPM MBA Workshop Assistant Commissioner, to determine how to reduce violence in London. 02 Nov Visit to Southgate KA, Martin Doel, Visit to College and meeting College David Byrne with David Byrne 03 Nov Business JS This regular network meeting Development will discuss the Spending Managers’ Review, LSIS Programme, Network meeting Collaborative work with AoC Marketing Committee, Forums and Bidding
  • 6. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 Opportunities. 03 Nov ESF Committee JS Meeting to discuss Co- Meeting Financing Organisations’ Plans for 2011-13 04 Nov WorldSkills UK KA UK Skills aim to encourage 2010 Competition people across the UK to excel Awards at their chosen skill. This awards ceremony will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s winners. Events and Dates for the Diary  A London Region post-14 Network conference: Organisation and governance in post-compulsory education: where now for the coalition? Wednesday 27th October, 9.30am–3.40pm, Drama Studio, Institute of Education, University of London. If you would like to attend please email Richard Bull r.bull@ioe.ac.uk. There is to be a companion conference looking at qualifications and the curriculum on December 15th. Do please pencil that date in now.  Skill Annual Post-16 Conference - Disabled Learners: The Equality Act, skills and progression: Tuesday 2 November 2010, 9.30am to 4.00pm. Coin Street Centre, London SE1 9NH. More information and a booking form for the conference can be found on the Skill website events page Skill conferences. Or email sally@skill.org.uk  Mary Ward Legal Centre Annual Lecture 2010, "Access to justice: under threat? The future of legal aid". Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Tuesday 9 November at 6 pm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP – Auditorium, Northcliffe House, 28 Tudor Street, London EC4 0AY. For more information visit: www.marywardlegal.org.uk  2010 World Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by AoC: Saturday 13 – Monday 15 November 2010, The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham. For more information please click here.  AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2010: 16-18 November, The ICC, Birmingham, www.aocannualconference.co.uk  AoC Event: 14-19 Education in Colleges: What does the future hold? The first in a series of AoC 14-19 events for Colleges. Friday 3 December 2010. : Prospero House, London. For further information or to book online please visit: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/14-19education2010  London MPs’ Principals’ and stakeholders’ reception: 13 December, House of Commons. Further information will be emailed to Principals shortly including a letter of invitation to your local MP/MPs.  Are you QCF Ready? A Guidance and Information Conference for Colleges, Wednesday 19 January 2010. Woburn House Conference Centre, London. Details
  • 7. 22 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 81 October 2010 can be found at: https://www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/qcf2011  Countdown to the Games: The definitive conference about London 2012 for Further and Higher Education. Podium Conference and Exhibition, Tuesday 8th February 2011, ExCel Centre, London. For more information visit: www.podium.ac.uk/conferences Policy 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. Education Development 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. GLA news Will cuts force changes at the Met? One in eight London schoolchildren to get free tickets to 2012 Games The future of economic development in London without the LDA How are plans for the Olympics site beyond 2012 shaping up? LSEB news If you would like to subscribe to the LSEB e-newsletter please follow this link and fill in the registration form. 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 Rebecca Breen. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager kate.anderson@aoc.co.uk judith.smyth@aoc.co.uk Rebecca Breen Simran Sobhraj Regional Coordinator London Region and FE Procurement Administrator rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk Simran.sobhrai@aoc.co.uk