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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin01 July 2011 Issue 97AoC London Region AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party 21 JunePrincipals and Chairs and key stakeholders attended the AoC London Region AGM, RegionalForum and Summer Party on 21 June 2011 at City of Westminster College.This event was kindly sponsored by Barclays and Eversheds and took place at City ofWestminster College’s new Paddington Green Campus, which The Royal Institute of BritishArchitects (RIBA) had recently announced as among the winners of the 2011 RIBA Awards.The weather allowed colleagues to network on the 5th floor Roof Terrace.Regional Committee 2011/12:The AGM confirmed the new Regional Committee for 2011/12 as per the report attached to thisbulletin and Ian Ashman, Principal of Hackney Community College was confirmed as theLondon Regional Committee Chair. Godfrey Allen, Chair of South Thames College, wasnominated as the additional GFE Chair on the Committee and his appointment was approvedby members present. The meeting agreed to delegate the election of Vice-Chair to the RegionalCommittee, to take place at their next meeting on 29 September.The meeting passed on their thanks to Regional Committee members who were standing downthis year: Richard Chambers, Principal, Lambeth College; Dr Jane Overbury OBE, Principal,Christ the King SFC and Tony Alderman, ex-Chair of Barnet College.Regional Forum:PowerPoint presentations from the Regional Forum, from Ian Ashman, Malcolm Gillies, Chairof London Higher and Vice Chancellor, London Metropolitan University, and Nick Davy, AoCHE Manager will be available on our website shortly.What you need to know leafletCopies of the new AOC London Region and London Colleges publication What you need toknow (updating the information in the previous Key Facts publication) were given out at theAGM/Regional Forum. Five copies of the publication will be sent to each College for yourinformation and use with external partners. If you require further copies of the leaflet, pleaseget in touch with Rebecca Breen.Alternatively an online version of the publication can be found on our website for you to shareand download:
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011ESOL updateGreenwich Community College are currently running an awareness campaign for localpoliticians and the media regarding the proposed cuts to ESOL funding.Please find attached to this bulletin an overview of the campaign so far at GreenwichCommunity College for information. It contains a diary of events so far and how they can helpsupport the campaign.Please also find attached letter from Gary Chin, Principal of Greenwich Community Collegeand Joy Mercer, AoC National on behalf of the London Principals to the Evening Standard insupport of their current literacy campaign and asking them to support our campaign.Principals are asked to view and lend their support. For further information on their campaignand to sign the letter please contact: Alec Brand, Head of Marketing.AoC London Student Safety and Gangs checklistKate Anderson attended a meeting on 27 June of the London Heads of the Youth OffendingService, chaired by John Anthony of the Youth Justice Board. She told the group about thechecklist and the work being done by London Colleges to tackle serious youth violence andgangs issues. She made a plea for YOT colleagues to develop closer working links with theirlocal College, if they did not already exist. It would be helpful if Colleges could follow this upwith their local YOT contacts. A copy of the College checklist for dealing with serious youthviolence and gangs can be found on the AoC London Region web page.WorldSkills 2011 updateTeam UK Announced !The 86 members of Squad UK took part in the Team Selection Events in three Colleges in theMidlands from 14-18 June. The results were announced yesterday as part of theApprenticeships Awards ceremony and the Team then attended a reception at BuckinghamPalace hosted by the Duke of York. Of the 43 competitors selected to represent the UK, 3 arefrom London. Darren Lewis and Puja Varsani from Middlesex University will take part in theMobile Robotics international final, while Ben Murphy will compete in the Cookingcompetition. Ben works for Koffman’s and is a Westminster Kingsway College student who hasalready won a Medallion of Excellence at Euroskills 2010. We would like to wish them all thebest of luck and would encourage you to follow their progress and support them byencouraging students and their families to visit the WorldSkills London event in October. If youwant to find out more about the Team, follow this link: Bowditch, Head of Volunteering for WSL2011, is delighted that they have reached theirnumbers target for volunteers. However, they are currently analysing all the applications andmay still need additional volunteers to fill gaps and cover particular activities, so it is still worthmaking contact with Julia via if you want to volunteer.Capital Funding SupportJust a reminder about the capital funding for equipment being used at the event in October. Thefirst two offers for specialist equipment have been published and will be followed by others. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011The guidance note and application form can be found on the Agency’s property services site at: VisitsWe hope that those of you interested in hosting study visits will respond to AoC Create’srequest by 8 July. We may still need to make specific requests after that date to meet the needsof visitors and will be in contact if we have gaps in the visits programme that we think youmight be able to fill.ConferenceWSL2011 will be reviewing the submissions they have received for seminars for the GlobalSkills Marketplace section of conference over the next week. Following that, they will identifyany gaps before firming up the conference programme. As well as this event on Friday 7October, BiTC are running ‘The Big Conversation’ on Wednesday 5 October and Vince Cablewill headline the Leaders’ Forum along with a number of major employers on Thursday 6October. We will share full details of the whole programme from 5-8 October as soon as we can.Regional Skills Festival and Have a Go CampaignAoC London Region has appointed Alan McChleery to work with us part time from next weekto support WSL2011 activities and the competitions legacy after October. Alan worked for theLSC and Skills Funding Agency in London on skills for many years and is well placed toundertake this work. One of the first things he will concentrate on is the Have a Go campaign.He and Rebecca Breen will work together to review proposals for Have a Go activitiesproposals from London Colleges , and will liaise closely with the London Work Based LearningAlliance, as they are managing proposals from independent providers and their partnerorganisations. Have a Go activities can take place at any time up to February 2012. If youhaven’t seen the information and would like an application form, please College London ProgrammeChuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham is a patron of the Lambeth College LondonProgramme and presented graduation awards at its official launch event in April – where thisvideo was made. programme gives young people opportunities to develop their skills and increase theiremployability working with a number of partner firms. Students take part in challenges to helpthem translate college based learning into performance, and all students attending the College’sSixth Form Centre are eligible to take part.Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Research ReportTom Toolan, member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has been asked toundertake some research on their behalf. The research is to inform their Educational PolicyStatement and concerns Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Apprenticeships, whichare seen by the Institution as a critical success factor for the UK, its economic recovery andfuture growth. Tom intends to provide a link to an on-line survey. The survey should take nolonger than 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is confidential. Please contact Tom directly if youwould be interested in taking part in his research project: Tom Toolan: Mobile: 07782250558, email: Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011Student Success Stories of the Fortnight Barking and Dagenham College Legal Eagles Three Business, Management and Financial Services learners from Barking & Dagenham College have beaten over 90 applicants to win coveted positions at the London office of top international legal practice, Norton Rose LLP. Antonetta Joannou, Lauren Deeble and Emma Boylan, who will complete their City & Guilds Legal Secretarial Diplomas Level 3 in July 2011, were talent-spotted while on work experience with the firm as part of their course. Each year their City office in London offers 10 training contracts to legal secretaries – five in January and five in July, and with over 90 applicants for each intake the competition is tough. After six months, training and personal development most trainees are offered permanent Left to right: Students Antonetta Joannou, Lauren or fixed term contracts. Deeble and Emma Boylan were a hit with law firm Norton Rose. Emma Collins, HR Manager for Secretaries at Norton Rose LLP, explained why Antonette, Lauren and Emma caught their eye: “All had been on work experience with us for two weeks and we invited them to be interviewed and tested for a place on our training contract. Their enthusiasm, positive attitude and skills really impressed the teams here and we got lots of good feedback. We look for employees who are going to have a long career with us, so our recruitment process is rigorous and we only take on the best.” Hackney Colleges success at the London Education Partnership Awards Hackney’s education is once again in the limelight, after both the borough’s colleges were recognised at the London Education Partnership awards. Nine awards were presented to inspirational projects and initiatives involving schools, colleges and universities across London. Two of those nine were collected by Hackney Colleges. Hackney Community College’s innovative Sports Academy Programme won the “Supporting Journeys” award, in recognition of the work of HCC staff and partners in supporting young sports men and women to achieve their dreams on the sports field or court – as well as succeeding in the classroom. The award recognises excellent professional practice in student support. BSix Sixth Form College’s “Raising Aspirations” University partnership programme won the “Building Bridges” award, which recognises cross-organisational partnership and impact. Students involved take a year-long course consisting of visits, lectures and seminars delivered by university academics and culminating in a summer school at the University of their choice. The programme is paying handsome dividends for BSix students. Three graduates of the programme have been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 John Hall, Chair of the London Education Partnership Awards explained: “These awards highlight organisations working together to raise the aspirations and achievements of young Londoners” Principal of Hackney Community College Ian Ashman added: “It’s great to see Hackney in the spotlight for all the right reasons. These awards are well-deserved recognition for the staff in Hackney’s colleges and the organisations they work with – and the inspirational achievements of our students.” Principal of BSix, Ken Warman, said on receiving the award "We are so pleased to receive this acknowledgement for such an innovative and ground-breaking programme. Above all, it is an award for all our partners on the scheme. I want to thank all the university staff and the students involved for making our award and the programme possible."Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attend Agenda ees 21 June AoCLR AGM, AoCLR The AGM and Regional Forum programme Regional Forum and team included discussions on: Summer Party Regional Committee election Annual Report (including finances) Higher Education in London Colleges: the current picture Higher Education: White Paper and what it means for Colleges The implications of the new Higher Education funding and policy environment for Higher Education and Further Education relations in London. The Summer Party followed the Regional Forum from 7pm-9pm. 23 June Vic Grimes and KA Regular meeting Karen Powell 23 June Michael Farley KA, JS Follow up discussion on Marketing priorities for London Region 23 June Richard Chambers KA Regular meeting and Susan Percy 23 June Stephen Evans KA Regular one to one and update on the Regional Response Fund project. Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 23 June Safer Learners JS An opportunity for local partners to understand Workshop, the problems and issues with a view to creating a Westminster Safer Learner environment, facilitated by the Kingsway College, Youth Justice Board. Grays Inn Road 27 June SHELL Summer JS Speakers included: Malcolm Gillies, Vice Seminar Chancellor, London Metropolitan University; John Hall, Head of the SHELL Division, London Higher and Dr Graeme Atherton, Executive Director, Aimhigher, WECAN. 28 June Ian Ashman, Jacqui KA Discussions on Sport in Colleges (investing in Mace and Simon sport facilities and programmes) Cooper 28 June Paul Tucker and Liz KA Discussion/planning meeting for the forthcoming Cierebiej from JCP AoC/ALP event on 8 July. 30 June Meeting with Vic KA Discussion/planning meeting for the forthcoming Farlie, Clare Arnold, AoC/ALP event on 8 July. Jon Thorn 30 June Graeme Atherton KA Regular one to one 01 July Michael Wheeler, KA Regular one to one Bromley Adult Education CollegeFuture meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 4 July Heads of Student KA Agenda to be confirmed Services working group 4 July London First Annual KA General Meeting with Sir Edward Lister (Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff, GLA) 5 July London KA Regular meeting Management Group, WordSkills London 5 July AoC Summer KA Opportunity to introduce our new President, Reception at the Fiona McMillan and launch a publication which House of Commons will set out how the education system, local authorities and Government can ensure all 16 – 18 year olds are participating in education or training. 5 July BSix Sixth form JS Evening event to share the College’s successes College Partners & with all who have supported and contributed to Community Open BSix and their students. Evening 6 July Business JS Business Development Managers Network Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 Development Meeting, 2.00– 4.00 pm, South Thames College, Managers Network Wandsworth High Street,
SW18 2PP. Meeting Agenda includes: Adults Single Budget – guest Keith Smith, Director of Funding Policy, Skills Funding Agency; Update from AOC Skills Policy Advisor, Teresa Frith and Free2Learn – presentation - Mr Gabriel Gherscovic, Director and Ms Gabriella Koppel, Business Development Manager. 8 July AoC/JCP event at KA, JS Agenda to be confirmed Westminster Kingsway College 12 July Pre LSIS Regional KA Pre meeting to discuss Regional Conversation Conversation Meeting with Sue Rimmer, Paul meeting Head and Paula Whittle 12 July LSIS Regional KA Discussions include: Conversation Communication between partners Meeting /stakeholders and the sector LSIS programmes and the proposed changes in our strategy into 11/12 LSIS projects and programmes in the region/ sharing and disseminating the good practice LSIS events in region / sub region – in partnership with stakeholders LSIS accountsEvents and Dates for the Diary  AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition: 15, 16 and 17 November 2011. Registration is now open for AoC’s flagship event of the year which takes place between Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November 2011 at the ICC in Birmingham.  Enterprising Colleges one day Conference, 14 July, Oxford Brookes University. The one day free conference will allow you to: o experience the workshops that have been such a hit with college managers in the south-east o understand the state of the art from practitioners, as enterprise gathers pace across further education o take away tools, ideas and contacts to support your enterprise journey Please register your interest at or telephone Michelle Hicks on 01865 485727.  NIACE Informal Adult and Community Learning Summer Policy Seminar. 19 July 2011, Leicester, NIACE Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP. Fees: £85 (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee and a copy of the materials). This seminar aims to: o brief participants on the content and implications of the BIS adult and community learning consultation Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 o provide an opportunity for providers to identify and share potential opportunities and problematic areas in the proposals and to formulate responses o introduce materials developed to encourage and support citizens to take part in this consultation. Contact: NIACE Events Team ( Tel: 0116 2042833 Ref: C3013/0711 HEIFES11 introductory seminar – overview and guidance on completing the return. Wednesday 10 August 2011, Filton College, Bristol BS34 8LP (map and directions). You are invited to a HEFCE introductory seminar on the 2011-12 Higher Education in Further Education: Students Survey (HEIFES11). This seminar is aimed at people who are new to the HEIFES return. For further information please contact Paresh Prema (tel. 0117 931 7314,; for administrative queries about the event contact Kathryn Mills (tel: 0117 931 7035, e-mail: 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 which 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 Top firms sign up to get London teaming with volunteers Mayor urges London schools to ‘Get Set’ for 2012 tickets 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. The next issue will be circulated on Friday 15 July and it will be the last Bulletin before the Summer Break, returning on 2 September. If there is any information you need circulating during this period, please let us know and we will forward directly to Members as appropriate. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager Rebecca Breen Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8