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AoC London Members' Bulletin 92


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AoC London Members' Bulletin 92

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin 08 April 2011 Issue 92 Feedback from Heads of Student Services meeting, Wednesday 6 April AoC London Region held a very well-attended Heads of Student Services meeting on Wednesday 6 April at Westminster Kingsway College. Chris Walden, Public Affairs Director, AoC provided a policy update on EMA, Learner Support Fund and the Bursary. The PowerPoint slides are attached to the bulletin. Colleagues discussed how different Colleges were planning to deal with the new arrangements and Chris Walden agreed to raise a number of the points with the Department for Education. Further details of the meeting will be circulated shortly. There was also a detailed discussion on the Consultation on 16-19 years in Education or Training; the comments at the meeting will feed into AoC’s consultation response. AoC National intends to send their response as soon as possible and will share it with Colleges to help them with their own responses. Here is the link to the consultation: ionId=1754&external=no&menu=1 It was agreed to set up a small group working on developing a model of key principles that would inform London Colleges’ approach to allocating the new bursaries. Attendees were also asked to consider if they were interested in setting up an AoC Regional network for Heads of Student Services. If you would like to be part of this network, please get in touch with the office. Serious Youth Violence Workshops AoC London is undertaking a project to identify good practice in communications between Colleges and police intelligence units, youth offending teams, LAs and other partners. The aim is to come up with a common set of principles or template for managing such communications. The project is funded by LSIS and the work is being carried out by Peter Smith, a former police superintendent with extensive experience in this field. We are running three workshops facilitated by Peter, the last workshop will take place on Monday 11 April from 1pm-4pm and there are still a couple of places available so please let us know if you would like to attend. AoC London Region Sixth Form College funding meeting AoCLR are hosting a Sixth Form College funding meeting with SFA and YPLA on Tuesday 12 April 2011, 3pm-4.30pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Richard Bell, Head of Provider Accounts (City and East), at the Skills Funding Agency and Alan Parnum, Senior Advisor
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 2 of 8 (Regional Implementation), at the Young Person’s Learning Agency will be there to provide funding updates to the Sixth Form College delegates. Please click here for a full agenda. If there is anything in particular that you would like Richard and Alan to cover in their updates please let the AoCLR office know; if you would like to register your attendance at the meeting please contact AoC London Regional Committee Election 2011/12 This week the AoC London office have emailed a letter and self-nomination form out to all Principals and Chairs from London Colleges, and to ensure that we reach as many of you as possible we have also sent the same letter and form out to you in the post. If you would like to nominate yourself to stand for the Committee, the self nomination form needs to be returned to our office by Wednesday 20 April 2011. If you haven’t received an email or letter informing you about this election please contact the office and we will send something the details out to you. WorldSkills London 2011 GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO GO TO CHINA AND APPEAR ON CHINESE TV, RESPONSE NEEDED BY 13 APRIL! The link below will probably get you into the video site more quickly. The intention is to include UK students in a May broadcast. opportunity-for-uk-students-in-china/10150151690094230 WorldSkills London 2011, working with the British Council in China has been asked to introduce you to a fantastic programme and broadcast opportunity on CCTV-1. This is a great opportunity to showcase UK talent to a worldwide audience - but you will need to respond very quickly. The programme is a little bit similar to the UK famous programme "Britain's Got Talent", however the focus is on children aged under 18. The series will consist of 10 episodes and it will be filmed in early April 2011 and broadcast in the May holiday. The programme will be broadcast once a week via CCTV-1 in prime time. It is a large studio talent show, and talented children under 18 will be invited to participate either by singing, dancing or any other talent performances. However, it's not a programme only for children, and CCTV-1 intend to attract more children and their parents to watch. And the aim of the programme is to provide a stage for children to show their talents and let them grow in confidence. Information at your fingertips: It is called《天生我才》and is regularly broadcasted on CCTV 1, 50 minutes per episode It will start shooting the new season from early April 2011 and will be broadcast first during the May holiday, then once a week. All kinds of talents are welcome including science, skills, creativity, dance, arts, performance, intelligence
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 3 of 8 To qualify, you will need to send a short profile of your candidates (under 18) first for screening and if selected the cost of flight and accommodation will be covered for the selected ones. Here’s the online video for the programme: Under the background of cultural globalization, CCTV-1 want their programme to be international and diverse. How you can help: Can you recommend several talented UK participants to join and take part in the programme? They will have the chance to fully express their talents and the cultural diversity. All travel costs will be re-imbursed if they need to fly to Beijing from UK. If you are interested please email no later than Wednesday 13 April 2011. Have a Go activities Fran Hubbard, the WSL2011 Have a Go Manager, is absolutely delighted with the response from London Colleges in the run up to the closing date for Have a Go activities at the Event. As with the showcasing applications, you’ve all come up trumps again, with most of you being represented in one or other of the two activities. ‘I have been completely overwhelmed by the response,’ Fran said, ‘The variety and originality of the activities offered gives us tremendous scope to demonstrate the range of skills we were hoping for in a way that should really engage our visitors’. Have a Go activities will also take place outside the Event from now until October and details were given about the link to the WorldSkills site in the last bulletin This is another opportunity to bring the excitement of WorldSkills into your college by badging any planned events with a Have a Go element in them as part of the national campaign. Team Selection Event for WorldSkills London 2011: 14-17 June The UK Squad which was announced at the AoC Conference last November will now go through the final selection procedure to identify the members of Team UK to compete in October. Selection takes place over four days of competition at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Stephenson College and City College Coventry. At the end of this period, we will know how many of Team UK come from London Colleges. If you want to find out more about the profiles of competitors, these are available on If you are interested in seeing what happens at the top level of competition prior to the Event, there will be some opportunities to visit on 16 June. To request a visit please contact British Council Internship The British Council will this year be running a summer internship programme in London. This opportunity is open to young people aged 18-25 and each internship offers an opportunity of work experience in an organisation with global reach and impact. A contribution will be made
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 4 of 8 towards travel (within London) and expenses. Please follow the link below for more information: British Council Summer Internship Programme 2011 Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 21 April at 5p.m. so we would urge you to move quickly in applying for this programme. TV company sponsored ‘Creativity in Media’ programme looking for new London student applicants for 2011-12 The Sparks panel was set up in 2008 between the South East Gifted and Talented Excellence Hub and ITV Studios, and is now looking for new London and South East students between the ages of 16 and 21 for this year’s panel. Run by Ignite, experts in creativity development panels and training, the programme selects 20 gifted students each year to take part in 4 training workshops and subsequent creative sessions for TV companies and brands. Students are given skills and training in lateral thinking techniques, innovating products, presenting ideas and how TV shows are developed, sold and made. The training prepares them to then be catalysts in creative workshops on live projects for companies ranging from ITV, to Coca-Cola, Clearasil, BBC Radio 1 and EMI across the year. At the end of the scheme students emerge with a portfolio of projects, a record of skills learned, a reference letter, and exposure to potential employers and job opportunities in media. The panel is keen to recruit diverse students from all backgrounds with an interest in media. Tutors or students interested in receiving more information about how to apply for this autumn’s intake should email Hackney Community College Basketball Academy. British Champions again! Congratulations to HCC’s Men’s Basketball team and coach Andrea Norton! In a close and exciting final against Loreto College Manchester, Hackney Community College won the British Colleges Sport cup. Again! Final score: 92 – 81! Hackney Community College’s sports academies – most notably basketball - have notched up a string of successes over recent years. Academies for both men and women give students the opportunity to train hard and compete in high profile competitions. Many go on to play professionally – in the UK or abroad. Academy members can study any course at the college and only stay in the team if they are up to date with their main coursework – a great motivation for success on and off the court! Student Success Story of the Fortnight
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 5 of 8 “Having to set off at 6am on the long journey to Douglas Ellis Stadium Birmingham suddenly seemed worthwhile when you were coming back with a minibus full of medals.” Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 15 March Barnet College: Official Opening of Wood Street Campus, by the Duke of Gloucester JS (Visit was omitted from previous bulletin in error.) Barnet College: Official Opening of Wood Street Campus, by the Duke of Gloucester 28 March Meeting with Madeline Hall and Steve Dowbiggin KA, Chris Walden, Madeline Hall, Steve Dowbiggin Madeline Hall and Steve Dowbiggin attended a briefing with Chris Walden and Kate Anderson prior to a ministerial visit. 28 March Jane Glanville, London Higher KA, JG Regular one to one 29 March Hackney Colleges’ Beacon Award ceremony JS Celebration of Hackney Community College’s Beacon Award for widening participation in education. 30 March Business Development managers’ network meeting JS Agenda included policy updates and discussion of: DWP Skills Strategy Other funding Update on the Wolf review Full agenda available here. 31 March City & Guilds KA, RB One to one meeting with John Lockwood from City & Guilds. 5 April London Councils - Heads of regeneration meeting KA The meeting looked at skills, the recent policy changes and their impact on London boroughs. 5 April and 6 April Serious Youth Violence project KA,JS See headline. 5 April Student Award Ceremony at City JS City and Islington College held their Student Awards Ceremony 2011 on the Recent meetings
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 6 of 8 and Islington College evening of Tuesday, April 5th, and this year it featured a keynote speech from Lord Bill Morris (former General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union). 6 April Head of student services meeting Re: new Learner Support Fund AoCLR team The head of student services meeting was held to discuss some principles for how to apply the new Learner Support Funds that will partially replace the EMA. 7 April London First KA, Mark Hilton Regular catch up with Mark Hilton. 7 April Regional Committee AoCLR team Agenda available on our website, click here to see it. Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 11 April Third workshop with Peter Smith Third workshop will take place on Monday 11 April at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. 12 April London Management Group meeting KA Agenda to be finalised. 12 April LSIS meeting KA, Abi Lammas and Sue Rimmer Regular meeting with Abi Lammas and Sue Rimmer 12 April AoC London Region Sixth Form College funding meeting JS, KA, RB, JG, CP Funding update for Sixth Form Colleges from the YPLA and SFA. 19 April Safer Learners Partnership Meeting KA This meeting will be chaired by Pam Chesters, Mayoral Advisor on Health and Youth Opportunities and aims to : Inform strategic partners about Safer Learners and agree new ways of coordinating support to Future meetings
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 7 of 8  Employer Responsive - Improving the Quality of Apprenticeship Provision in Colleges: Thursday 14 April, London (venue tbc). For further information or to book online please visit:  The Changing Vocational Landscape Part II, Wednesday April 27, 2– 4 pm. Tea / coffee will be available from 1.30 onwards. Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London. To book a place / arrange payment or for any other queries please email Stuart Mitchell or call 020 7380 3226.  AoC Annual Human Resources Conference and Exhibition – 4 May (PM) and 5 May at the International Centre in Telford. More details and registration can be found here:  Linking London Annual Conference 2011: Thursday 5 May 2011 9.30am - 3.00pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. For more information and to register please go to, you will find a draft agenda at the bottom of this page  AoC International Conference: Thursday 12 May, 10am-4.30pm, CBI conference centre, London. For further information or to book online visit the registration website:  Vice-Principal Curriculum & Quality network meeting: Monday 16 May, 3pm-5pm, AoC offices, Stedham Place. For more details, please contact Rebecca Breen.  Heads of Sport network meeting: Tuesday 24 May, 10am-1pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more details, please contact Rebecca Breen.  Innovative approaches to skills: An AoC and ALP collaboration: Tuesday 24 May, 9am- 4pm, London (venue tbc), For further information or to book online please visit the website keep learners safe in London Agree a distinct project designed to provide regional coordination and support to locally led intervention Events and Dates for the Diary
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Page 8 of 8 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 Mayor launches super agency to promote London and welcome the world The Terminator backs Mayor’s plan to boost sports participation Mayor announces £50m Outer London Fund for the renewal of town centres Thames to host Diamond Jubilee with the largest flotilla of modern times What does the future hold for the LDA’s environmental programmes? 21st century technology employed to showcase London to the world during 2012 Games South London to reap 2012 dividend 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 Rebecca Breen Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Policy and other documents