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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin10 May 2013 – Issue 135Dear ColleaguesIt has been an extremely busy period for all of us and I will highlight just some of the prioritiesof the last two weeks.The VP Curriculum and Quality Network, chaired by Jane O’Neil (the College of Haringey,Enfield and North East London), met on 29th April. The meeting was mainly devoted toconsidering Ofsted inspections and the improvement agenda with Joy Mercer (our AOCNational Director of Policy) presenting some excellent insights on the basis of the national aswell as London picture. In terms of external contributors Alex Morris from BIS joined part ofthe meeting to seek feedback on proposals for new government data to track students intoemployment.The quarterly meeting of Regional Committee Principals with the Deputy Mayor and GLA tookplace on 2nd May. This was most timely as the London Enterprise Panel Jobs and Growth Planfor London was published on this very day. I would draw everyone’s attention to the planoverall and priority one in particular around Skills and Employment. You will see this includesa commitment to a bi-annual Skills and Employment summit. There is also a commitment fromthe GLA to meeting with Colleges as part of the implementation planning phase in advance ofthe first summit. Other important items of discussion included progress on the LondonApprenticeship Campaign, commitment to a wider employer campaign, exploration ofdifferent ways of engaging with employers and the good practice and quality agenda and ourwork with Ofsted.On 8th May Professor Ann Hodgson and Professor Ken Spours shared with London Principalsand senior staff their research on young people’s participation, progression and transition tohigher study and work in London and the role of Colleges. This was the first of a proposedseries of joint Institute of Education/AoC London events so we will keep you posted.For further information on the above please contact me, or Judith.We look forward to the next series of AoC London networks over the next two weeks forMarketing Managers, Business Development Managers, Clerks, Heads of Sport and Heads ofStudents Services – all dates and times below. For further information on our networks pleasecontact Evelina.Best wishesCaroline Neville
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 10 May 2013Page 2 of 6AoC Beacon Awards 2013-14 ProgrammeThe new Beacon Awards prospectus which was launched online 3 weeks ago is alreadypublished online. Please note that closing date for receipt of applications submissions isWednesday 3 July.If you have any questions please contact Alice Thiagaraj, AoC Director, AoC Charitable Trust.Survey for review of Adult Qualifications in EnglandThe Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, has asked Nigel Whitehead to lead a review of adultvocational qualifications in England to identify which adult vocational qualifications (AVQs)add value for employers and individuals. Therefore UKCES has prepared a survey and kindlyasked the Colleges to complete it online. The focus is on how adults (aged 19+) access and usevocational qualifications.If you have any further questions, please contact Tom Martin at UKCES.Fashion Designers and Craft makers Young Designer AwardsThe Fashion Designers & Craft makers, Young Designer Awards rewards exceptional designtalent, and identify those who have the potential to break through the boundaries of creativityand become fashion leaders of the future. The awards are designed to raise awareness of multi-cultural cutting edge UK fashion designers. The FDC Young Designer Awards is open to youngpeople aged 16-25 years who have a passion for fashion, who have an ability to produce atechnical design, who have the ability do intensive research and have a natural enthusiasm forthe subject. Entrants will be expected to source materials and produce their designs themselves,they will be expected to do research on a chosen designer from the past or present day. Eachyears brief is to design a flamboyant garment, based on a theme chosen by the organisers,entrants will be expected to produce a design that encompasses and takes inspiration from thechosen theme. The deadline for the awards applications is the end of May 2013.For more information please visit the FDC Young Designer Awards website or contact JoannaMarcella on 07940 647 102.London Colleges newsBarnet and Southgate College Student Artwork to be Exhibited at Art Monaco 2013Artwork by Barnet and Southgate College student Mehrak Davoudi was exhibited at the ArtMonaco Exhibition 2013, held in Monte Carlo from 25th to 28th April and culminating in an artauction to benefit The Prince Alireza Pahlavi Fund for Ancient Iran Scholarship at HarvardUniversity.CALLS for ACTION:LONDON NEWS
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 10 May 2013Page 3 of 6Mehrak is a second year student at the College, studying for aFoundation Degree in Creative Arts.Mehrak and a number of internationally acclaimed Iranian artistshave all donated works to the collection, Art for Alireza. Theseworks will be featured in a catalogue especially created for the ArtMonaco 2013 exhibition and Christies Fine Art Auction. Theexhibition was organised by Queen Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran,in memory of her late son Prince Alireza Pahlavi.Barnet and Southgate College pictureTo read the full story please visit London Colleges website.GLA newsQueen on the Tube wins this years Fourth Plinth Schools AwardMayor launches new drive to make London schools more healthyLeyton Student Wins BCS Student of the YearThe London Region made its mark on the BCS world once more as Maahir Subhani fromLeyton College beat all other regional winners to become ‘Male Student Volunteer of the Year’at the College Sport Week Gala Dinner. Maahir’s dedication to not only his college teams, butalso to the wider community were praised by his college in their nomination form, and hethoroughly impressed the BCS National Team with his dedication and willingness to get stuckin at the National Championships in March this year. This has been a fantastic accomplishmentat the start of the London Region’s journey within BCS, and I know we are just as proud asLeyton College at his achievements.For more information please contact Carla Emmanuel, BCS Regional Coordinator (London).London First and Prospects Services, the organisers of the Skills London event are delightedto announce that the Mayor of London will be working in partnership with Skills London,the jobs and careers event for young people from across the Capital for the next three years.Join Boris in supporting LondonThe biggest jobs and careers event in London for young people; Skills London offers you as anexhibitor the opportunity to meet thousands of young people, their teachers and parents. Thisis your opportunity to recruit for courses and influence and promote your organisation to theCapitals future workforce.SKILLS LONDON 2013 UPDATEBritish Colleges Sport UPDATE
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 10 May 2013Page 4 of 6‘Creating a thriving economy for Londons future prosperity starts with supporting youngpeople today. This is a great event offering young people and their families a chance to find outabout all the career options that are available to them. At this event, young Londoners can findout about employment and Apprenticeships, college and university opportunities as well astrying out a vast array of hands-on activities centered around workplace skills. Theres thechance to talk to employers, recruiters and advisers, meet apprentices and students, as well ashearing some truly inspirational stories that can help young people find the right route tosuccess. This is a fantastic event that should not be missed.’ Boris Johnson, Mayor of LondonClick here to download details on becoming an exhibitorClick here to downloads details on visiting the event with your students Strategic Group for Sport meeting, 13 May Marketing Managers’ Network meeting, 14 May Business Development Managers’ Network meeting, 15 May Clerks’ Network meeting, 17 May Heads of Sport Network meeting, 20 May Heads of Student Services Network meeting, 21 May Regional Committee meeting, 23 MayEquality and Diversity and the new Common Inspection Framework, London, 11 JuneEquality and Diversity and the new CIF taking place on Tuesday 11 June. The session willexplore the changes in emphasis for E&D in the 2012 inspection framework. It will help you toget to grips with the differences and maximise the benefits of equality for your organisation.For more information and to book please visit AoC Create website.Certificate in Leadership for Reputation, 19, 20 June and 3 JulyCertificate of Leadership for Reputation taking place on the 19th and 20th of June and the 3 July.This three days reputation management course is led by the current President Elect for theChartered Institute of Public Relations, Sue Wolstenholme. The CIPR accredited courseconsists of two days of reputation management training with a follow up day devoted to mediatraining. For more information and to book please visit AoC Create website.Prevent introductionPrevent aims to support and protect people who might be susceptible to radicalisation, ensuringthat individuals are diverted away from extremist ideologies. The recently appointed Higherand Further Education Regional Prevent Officer (London) is available as a single point ofUPCOMING EVENTSAoC London Network Events and Dates for the DiaryOther News, events and updatesAoC Create events
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 10 May 2013Page 5 of 6contact for Colleges regarding Prevent related issues and to support Colleges in ensuring thatthey are well equipped to manage their own risk in this area. Tangible examples might include: Radicalisation as a vulnerability is included within safeguarding policies andprocedures; There is an awareness of Prevent and the Channel (multi agency safeguarding panel)referral mechanism throughout the organisation through training sessions including thesector specific ‘HE/FE Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’; Ensuring that room booking and external speaker procedures are robust.The Prevent Officer is a free resource for Colleges and unions and will work withorganisations in the way that best suits their needs and the local context. Contact details are:kat.cooper@camden.gov.uk, 020 7974 4706, 07500 050891.Joint IOE/LPUK seminar: Destinations: raising participation and the use of data, 22 MayA research seminar, being held jointly by the Institute of Education and Learning Plus UK.Linda Rose from Department of Education will explore recent policy developments, includingqualification reform, in the light of the use of data in supporting the raising of participation andimproving achievement and progression across the upper secondary education phase includingthe learning and skills sector.Please email Emma Saville at Institute of Education to book your place.Adult Learners Week – less than month to go!Adult Learners’ Week will be held from 18 – 24 May across all regions of England. We hopeyou are getting ready to celebrate it! If you want to find out what is going on in your local areaplease check online calendar. You can search to see who else has uploaded events, and findtheir contact details. Remember not everyone has uploaded their own information yet, so dontworry if you dont see many events on there yet.If you have any questions please contact Amanda Pavon-Lopez, Adult Learners Week Londonand SE Outreach Coordinator on 07812 159689.Date Meetings/Events29 April AoC London Vice Principals Curriculum & Quality Network meeting (AoCLR)29 April AoC/Ofsted Action Learning Project 2 meeting (IA, CN)30 April AoC National Principals’ Policy Forum (CN)30 April Richmond Adult Education Centre visit, Gabe Flint, Principal (CN)2 May AoC London Regional Committee Principals’ Meeting with Deputy Mayor MuniraMirza (AoCLR)7 May Meeting with Ann Hodgson, Institute of Education and Ian Mason, London ChamberOf Commerce (CN)Recent meetingsGET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGS
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 10 May 2013Page 6 of 6If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and futuremeetings/events please contact Eva Taumer, AoC London Team Administrator.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 Evelina Joykutty.Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Evelina JoykuttyRegional Director Deputy Director Regional Co-ordinatorcaroline.neville@aoc.co.uk judith.smyth@aoc.co.uk evelina.joykutty@aoc.co.ukEva TaumerTeam Administratoreva.taumer@aoc.co.uk8 May Meeting with Kat Cooper, Prevent (JS)8 May Institute of Education/AoC London Seminar: Youth Transitions 14+ the Role of LondonFE (AoCLR)9 May Ofsted Learning and Skills London Regional HMI team meeting (CN)9 May LSIS Building Progression Project: Task Group Meeting (CN, JS)Date Meetings/Events13 May ESOL works group planning meeting at City Hall (JS)13 May AoC London Strategic Group for Sport Meeting (JS)14 May Employment Opportunities for Young People event (CN)14 May AoC Marketing Managers’ Network Meeting (AoCLR)14 May World Skills Briefing session (CN)15 May AoC Business Development Managers’ Meeting (AoCLR)15 May HE Progression Project Advisory Group meeting (CN, JS)16 May Barclays and London Councils Skills and Employability in London – the evolvingRole of Local Authority Meeting (CN)16 May BSix Brookehouse Historic Blue Plaque unveiling event (JS)17 May AoC Clerks’ Regional Network Meeting (JS)20 May AoC Heads of Sport Network Meeting (AoCLR)21 May Quarterly meeting with Mark Hilton, London First (CN)21 May Adult Learners Award Ceremony (JS)21 May Heads of Student Services Network Meeting (AoCLR)22 May Bexley College visit, Danny Ridgeway, Principal (CN)23 May AoC London Regional Committee Meeting (AoCLR)24 May Linking London seventh annual conference The Times They Are A-Changing – are weready?’ (CN)24 May Regular catch up meeting with Paul Tucker and Derek Harvey, Job Centre Plus (CN, JS)Future meetingsCONTACTS

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