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AoC London Members' Bulletin - Issue 105 111209


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AoC London Members' Bulletin - Issue 105 111209

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin9 December 2011 Issue 105Feedback from Skills Funding Agency meeting with Geoff RussellKate Anderson and an eclectic mix of other regional stakeholders attended a meeting withGeoff Russell on 28 November. Geoff Russell expanded on his comments at last monthsnational conference about greater freedoms for Colleges being accompanied by a loss ofsecurity as regards future funding. He said several times that it would be impossible in futureto distinguish between how Colleges and independent training organisations were treated infunding terms. Thanks to everyone who sent in issues to raise at the meeting. The nature ofthe group meant it was not appropriate to deal with them in that forum; instead they are beingfollowed up with Jill Lowery and her colleagues.Feedback from Regional Committee – 1 DecemberThe Regional Committee meeting received funding updates from Jill Lowery, Director, AreaRelationship Team, Skills Funding Agency; Mike Pettifer, Regional Director, YPLA and SueSamson, Director of Academies - South East and London from YPLA.Caroline Allen, Principal of Orchard Hill College gave a briefing on her College and theimplications of the SEN Green Paper. (Caroline was also co-opted onto the RegionalCommittee.)Paul Butler, Chair of Leyton Sixth Form College was proposed and confirmed as the Vice-Chairof the Regional Committee.The meeting discussed further amendments to the London Colleges’ Manifesto for the Mayoraland Assembly elections in 2012. Work will continue on this over the next few weeks. TheCommittee agreed to take a number of project recommendations forward from AoC LondonRegion’s project report “Skills for London: Meeting the Challenge.” They agreed the AoCLRBusiness Plan 2011/12 and Associated Risk Register subject to a slight amendment. Themeeting also received updates from the Governors’ Council, Marketing Committee, AoCLondon officers and a 2012 update.Full minutes will be produced before the end of this month. If you require any furtherinformation on any of the issues, please do not hesitate to contact the office.Feedback from AoC London College Checklist review meeting – 5DecemberA range of College colleagues, including Heads of Student Services and Assistant Principalsattended the College Checklist review meeting on 5 December. The checklist was launched inJune this year and Colleges were asked to review the checklist in advance, ticking the box ofeach intervention to give AoC London a picture of where each College was up to. These were
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 2011submitted to Peter Smith, the consultant who worked on the project and he produced ananalysis of the results at the meeting. The presentation and results will be circulated to theHeads of Student Services network.There are a number of actions following the meeting, including starting a working group withAoC London Region to develop a framework for a data-sharing protocol. Further informationwill follow in future bulletins.Feedback from Marketing Managers’ network meeting 8 DecemberThe theme of this term’s Marketing Managers’ meeting was Colleges in their Communities andthe meeting was kindly hosted by City of Westminster College, Paddington Campus. 23Marketing Managers attended the meeting and were treated to a tour of the building afterlunch.Chris Morecroft, formerly AoC President 2010/11 and now an Independent ManagementConsultant gave a great presentation on the work of the commission, his involvement in it andwhat it means for marketing in Colleges. This was followed by an excellent example fromSouth Thames College, on their “Pride in your College” initiative, putting Colleges in theirCommunities into practice.The meeting also had an update from Mary Vine-Morris from London Councils on what thenew careers guidance for schools- transition to the new responsibilities will mean for Colleges.Ben Verinder from AoC National gave a general comms update and useful advice. Ben andMichael Farley, Principal of Tower Hamlets College and Chair of the AoC London MarketingCommittee also updated the network on the latest AoC London Region Marketing and Commscampaign. The intention is use a freelance PR/journalist for 3 months initially to get a regularnumber of positive College stories in the media – such as the Evening Standard, Metro andlocal BBC and ITV London news programmes. If you know of any good PR contacts with goodlinks in London, please let Judith Smyth know.Colleagues also had the opportunity to network and share good practice. The presentationsfrom the meeting will be circulated to the Marketing Managers’ network separately but if youwould like a copy please do not hesitate to contact our office.We are keen to expand this network and it is open to all Marketing professionals in Colleges –from Directors of Comms to marketing assistants. To join the mailing list please send yourdetails through to our office.WorldSkills UK 2012Competition entries for 2012Competitions are now branded as WorldSkillsUK (WSUK) asopposed to UK Skills with the new logo shown above. Entries forthe next round of competitions will close on 15 March, 2012 butyou should keep an eye on the web site tocheck details. You can also phone 0800 612 0742 or Page 2 of 7
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 20112012 Jobs BriefingA further briefing is being held for colleges on how to get students into 2012 summer jobs incatering, cleaning and retail. It takes place at Hackney Community College from 11.30 to 1.30on Thursday 15th December.This briefing is mainly aimed at colleges close to the Home Counties venues at Eton Manor,Broxbourne and Hadley Farm but it will also cover the general information on vacancies andrecruitment processes for all venues. To attend, please email or phone020 7613 9227.The Mayor’s Low Carbon PrizeCan your students reduce carbon from Londons buildings?The Mayors Low Carbon Prize is your students opportunity to make a real contribution toLondon become a leading low carbon city.A total of £20,000 is up for grabs to be awarded to the best student ideas for low carbon living,courtesy of our sponsor, Berkeley Homes. Prize money must be used to further develop theidea and prepare it for market - closing date 19 Feb 2012.Please find a poster attached and full details here: London 2012Following on from the enormous success of the 2008 and 2010 events as well as therecent WorldSkills London 2011 event , Skills London returns to the capital for the 3rd time onthe 16 – 17 November 2012 presented by London First and Prospects.ExCel will again be the setting for London’s biggest careers and skills event. London faces thechallenge to ensure its young people are equipped to compete effectively in the job market.Making good decisions about future career routes is vital. Skills London 2012 aims to inspireand help direct young people, offering a wide and varied mix of exhibitors, interactive skillsdemonstrations, Have a Go’s and advice and guidance.What’s new? 2 days rather than 3 Key focus on attracting London schools Age range has changed from 14 – 19 to 15 – 24 ‘Who’s in the Room’ seminar programme Have a Go’sExhibit: Use Skills London to target prospective students from your communities and from across all London boroughs. Visitors will be aged 15 – 24, all groups are accompanied by teaching staff and of course Saturday brings you parents & carers (13,000 attended the Saturday of Skills London 2010). A variety of stand sizes are available starting at £1,650 + VAT Page 3 of 7
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 2011 Increase your exposure and consider hosting a Have a Go and or a stage performance. Please call Jen Delderfield on 01823 362817 to discuss further or email Help your students, visit Skills London 2012 Give your students a head start in their careers by visiting Skills London 2012. At Skills London 2012 you’ll be inspired and motivated with over 150 organisations providing interactive features from every major career sector imaginable. Your students can: Try their hands at new and interactive skills Talk to real people doing real jobs Find out what they need to succeed in a chosen career Get information from experts on work based learning, education, training and employment. To help with the transport costs there is a travel bursary of £1 per learner for groups of 30 or more. A £15 fixed bursary for groups between 11 and 29 learners is also offered. Visit and see live action from the event in 2010. Please can Theo Bruckner on 01823 362800 to discuss further or email Success Stories of the Fortnight Hackney Community College wins prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding mental health support service Hackney Community College has been awarded the most prestigious accolade available in the FE sector – recognising the exceptional work it does to help people with mental health needs in education. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a National honour, approved by Her Majesty, which acknowledges excellence in higher and further education across the country. HCC was the sole London College and one of only three FE institutions in the UK to receive the special award this year. The prize was in recognition of the dedicated support scheme created to assist those with mental health support needs in making a smooth transition back into education and employment. The College was officially announced as a winner at a ceremony held in St James’s Palace on Thursday (24 November). A formal presentation of the awards will be held in February 2012 at Buckingham Palace. Principal Ian Ashman said: “Hackney Community College is extremely proud of the work that Page 4 of 7
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 2011 we do to support people with mental health needs to succeed through education. We are thrilled that our efforts have been recognised by Her Majesty; it is a huge honour and is a great tribute to all our staff who work with people with mental health needs.” The Mental Health Education and Employment Service was established in 1997 to address concerns around the lack of provision for supporting mental health service users to access education and training; and to provide support with study and progression. From supporting approximately 50 learners in its first year, the service has evolved into a multi-faceted network delivering a range of interventions, opportunities and activities to over 4,000 learners and prospective learners with mental health support needs. The service, which is funded by the East London Foundation Trust and City and Hackney’s Primary Care Trust, also provides professional support to teachers and support staff. Earlier this year, HCC’s outstanding Mental Health team helped the College pick up an Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Widening Participation in Education, for the excellent service it delivers to individuals with mental health support needs, plus its significant outreach partnership work with other community organisations. John McClean, Mental Health Adviser added: “Having this support service is extremely valuable to our learners with mental health issues. Seeing them progress into confident individuals, who go on to further study, or into jobs is very rewarding. To be acknowledged with this fantastic award really does mean an awful lot and we are extremely proud of our achievements.”Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 28 Nov Meeting with Skills KA Geoff Russell visited each of the Skills Funding Agency Funding Agency’s offices to meet a small Chief Executive and number of key stakeholders and discuss key London issues of interest and concern in the region. stakeholders 28 Nov Meeting with Joy KA, JS Discussions on ESOL and potential Mercer and Chris DCLG/UKBA funding. Hedges, Home Office 29 Nov Meeting with KA First meeting with new Principal at Hillcroft Michael Wheeler at College. Hillcroft College 1 Dec AoCLR Regional AoCLR See Headlines Committee meeting 5 Dec Meeting with Rod KA, JS Discussion about sponsored event for Baker, Barclays London Colleges in February 2012 5 Dec AoC London College AoCLR Review of the checklist for dealing with Checklist review serious youth violence and gangs, issued meeting Summer 2011 led by consultant Peter Smith 6 Dec Meeting with Steve KA Meeting with Steve Dowbiggin, Principal, Dowbiggin, Capel Capel Manor College Manor College 6 Dec AoC WS Portfolio KA Discussions on WorldSkills London 2011 Group and legacy activities for the sector Page 5 of 7
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 20118 Dec Marketing JS Agenda included: Managers’ network Chris Morecroft speaking about Colleges in meeting their Communities; a presentation from Jade Watson, South Thames College; new careers guidance for schools- transition to the new responsibilities from Mary Vine- Morris, London Councils Young People’s Education and Skills and a general AoC comms update from Ben Verinder.9 Dec AoCLR CIS/MIS RB Items for discussion included: Update from managers network the Information Authority, Data meeting Implications of the proposed Funding Methodology (Paul Kelman, The Information Authority); Strategic Replatforming of data collection systems (Rich Williams, Head of the Data Service) Future meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Agenda12 Dec Principals meeting JS Agenda includes discussion of: with Munira Mirza, Youth Unemployment Patterns GLA London Colleges manifesto Higher Education in FE International Recruitment & FE London Enterprise Panel update13 Dec Meeting with Mark KA Regular catch up meeting Hilton, London First15 Dec Meeting with Sue KA Regular catch up meeting Betts, Linking London15 Dec Meeting with Mary KA Regular catch up meeting Vine-Morris, London Councils5 Jan Meeting with Joy KA AoC/GLA meeting to discuss ESOL Mercer, Ian Ashman, Hackney Community College and James Lee, GLAEvents and Dates for the Diary  AoC London Principals’ Forum: Thursday 12 January, 3-5pm, Hackney Community College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  AoC London Clerks’ network meeting: Friday 3 February, 2pm-5pm, Venue tbc. Please contact Judith Smyth for more information about this meeting:  AoC London Heads of Student Services network meeting: Tuesday 7 February, 10am- 1pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Page 6 of 7
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 December 2011  AoC London International meeting: Tuesday 21 February, 3-5pm, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  AoC London Head of Sport network meeting: Thursday 23 February, 2.30-5pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  AoC London Finance Directors’ network meeting: Tuesday 6 March, 9am-1pm, Venue tbc. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  AoC London Regional Forum: Tuesday 13 March, 4-6pm, Venue tbc. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: and other documents GLA news Mayor welcomes National Plan for Music Education Can east London become the new Silicon Valley? Mayor calls on Londons schools to make one last push and Get Set for the Games Mayor of London launches Team London Love Libraries scheme Please note that the next AoC London Members’ Bulletin will be sent out after the Christmas break on Friday 6 January. I wish you all a Merry Christmas. 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) Page 7 of 7