AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin12 April 2013 – Issue 133Dear Colleagues,I do hope you have enjoyed a good break at some point over the Easter period – all flashes byso quickly!Since the last bulletin, of course, the Common Accord London Workshop went ahead on 25March at Westminster Kingsway College. This was an important and well received eventpacked with information and easy access to the relevant resource materials and our thanks toTeresa Frith, AoC Skills Policy Manager, for her insights into this area. The session wasdesigned to help build understanding of the Common Accord and its potential implications forthe management of sub-contracting relationships. It enabled Colleges to consider their ownpractices alongside the Common Accord Guide and to gain a greater understanding of thenewly drawn up Skills Funding Agency rules surrounding the Common Accord. Materials forthis event included The Common Accord, The Good Practice Guide, the relevant Skills FundingAgency Rules and presentations used on the day. For copies of this material please contactEvelina.AoC London and Hackney Community College represented London Colleges at the London thApprenticeship Stakeholder Workshop held on 28 March at City Hall, chaired by TimCampbell, MBE. The purpose of the workshop included developing a series of proposals forsubmission to the London Enterprise Panel around enhanced employer incentives, a furtherjoint marketing and communication campaign, and a Higher Level Investment Fund. Forfurther information please contact me. thLooking ahead, the AoC London Regional Committee meets on 18 April, our Principals’ thForum is on 24 April and the VPs Curriculum and Quality Group meets on 29 April 2013.Best wishesCaroline NevilleCALLS for ACTION:Mayor’s Low Carbon Prize – registrations deadline is 17 May 2013The Mayor Boris Johnson is challenging the capitals students to come up with new andinnovative ideas to cut carbon emissions and boost Londons green credentials.The 2013 Low Carbon Prize offers the capitals students the opportunity to win a share of£20,000 to turn their ideas into reality. This year, for the first time, the runners up will beshortlisted for a chance to win a paid internship with leading industrial engineering firmSiemens, sponsors of the award.Please submit your student’s ideas through the application form online.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 April 2013 Mayor’s Office is holding an event for University and Colleges staff at City Hall next Tuesday 16th April from 9.30-11am with speakers including Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor’s Environment Advisor, and Martin Powell, from Siemens. This is an opportunity for a discussion on the role of Universities and Colleges in developing London as a leading green economy. The full invitation to the event is attached to this Bulletin. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. LONDON NEWS London Colleges news Stanmore student ambassador for Governments say yes to NCS Stanmore College student, Dario Celaschi, was recently chosen to represent the Governments National Citizen Service campaign say yes. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a scheme which offers valuable life experiences to 16 and 17 years olds from a range of backgrounds through team and individual challenges across the country. During Darios experience, he was selected by the Cabinet Office to take part in the NCS leaders scheme, an extension of the NCS, where he was one of a hundred students chosen out of the initial 30,000. Dario spent a week during the October half term at Wellington College, receiving direct tuition from David Camerons media advisor on how to prepare well for job, university and media interviews. Stanmore College picture To read the full story please visit London Colleges website. UPCOMING EVENTSAoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • Regional Committee meeting 18 April • Principals’ Forum, 24 April • Vice Principals’ C&Q Network meeting, 29 April • AoC London Region Committee Principals meeting with Mayoral Advisor, 2 May • Strategic Group for Sport meeting, 13 May • Marketing Managers’ Network meeting, 14 May • Business Development Managers’ Network meeting, 15 May • Heads of MIS Network meeting, 17 May • Clerks’ Network meeting, 17 May • Heads of Sport Network meeting, 20 May • Heads of Student Services Network meeting, 21 May Page 2 of 4
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 April 2013 • Regional Committee meeting, 23 MayAoC Create Update AoC Create’s Sector Management College programme has been refreshed! They are delighted to offer a 50% subsidy on a limited number of delegate places on the next cohort which begins in May. The Sector Management College programme is the FE sector’s flagship management development qualification (CMI Level 5). Designed by sector-specialists, it consists of 3 residential modules spread plus online support and coaching to give delegates – and your College – an exceptional boost to their management skills. For further information, or to book, please see www.aoc-create.co.uk/SMC or call on 0207 034 2640.AoC Create Events AoC Create upcoming workshops include Discipline and Grievance Masterclass being held on Thursday 9 May. The workshop, led by Darren Newman LLB, will cover how to deal with employees who are unfit to attend, the handling of anonymous evidence, the role of the employee’s representative, and how to avoid the common pitfalls that render a process unfair. Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum will be held on Tuesday 28 May also in London. E&D continues to feature highly in the 2012 common inspection framework This is a practical and interactive session that will explain how teaching staff can integrate equality and diversity when curriculum planning and when delivering teaching, learning and assessment and will share best practice in the sector.Other News The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) In March National Childminder Association (NCA) changed their name to the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). For the first time in 35 year history, they are welcoming nursery workers to be part of the growing community. PACEY are aiming to acquire 2,000 nursery workers within the first year. Membership to PACEY would cost a nursery worker £34.50 annually and would include the following great benefits • expert help and advice from our childcare and early years helpline, our health and wellbeing helpline and legal helpline. • free resources and information to support you to deliver high standards of care and learning, including factsheets, practice guides, ‘how to’ videos and online training. • peer support from other PACEY members, keen to share ideas, insight and experiences with you via our online community PACEYLocal and at monthly PACEYLocal meetings in towns across England and Wales. • greater recognition of your professionalism, demonstrated through our Professional Standards and ongoing promotion of the important role you play in helping children get the best start in life. • influence and a voice on the issues that matter to you, as PACEY represents members’ views and experiences to government, regulators and others. For more information please contact Barry McGinness, Marketing Executive at PACEY. Page 3 of 4
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 April 2013 GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGSRecent meetings Date Meetings/Events 25 March Task Group LSIS Building Progression project meeting (CN, JS) 25 March Common Accord Workshop (CN) 26 March AoC London pre-meeting with Michael Heanue and Andrew Gates (CN, JS) 26 March Meeting with Andrew Parkin, Principal, St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College (CN) 27 March Meeting with Anthony Lawton, Principal, Mary Ward Centre (CN) 28 March London Enterprise Apprenticeship Roundtable meeting (CN) 4 April ESOL Workshop planning meeting with GLA and JCP (JS) 8 April Meeting with Ben Nicholls, Head of Policy, Newham FE College (JS) 9 April AoC London Marketing Committee (JS)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 17 April London Energy and Efficiency Fund Meeting (CN) 17 April Talent Match Meeting Core Partnership, London Youth (JS) 18 April AoC London Regional Committee Meeting (AoCLR) 19 April LeSoCo Launch (CN) 24 April Linking London – final data report event (CN) 24 April AoC Principals’ Forum (AoCLR) 24 April Uxbridge College visit, Laraine Smith, Principal (CN) 24 April Working Capital Seminar, Centre for Cities and Addleshaw Goddard LLP (JS) 25 April West Thames College visit, Marjorie Semple, Principal (CN) 26 April LEST 2012 meeting at City Hall (JS) 26 April ESOL Qualifications Meeting If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and future meetings/events please contact Eva Taumer, AoC London Team Administrator. CONTACTS 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 Joykutty. Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Evelina Joykutty Regional Director Deputy Director Regional Co-ordinator email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Eva Taumer Team Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Page 4 of 4