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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin04 May 2012- Issue 113London Regional Committee Meeting on 26 AprilCaroline Neville, Regional Director Designate, attended last week’s Regional Committeemeeting where the main agenda items were: updates from the funding agencies; a partnershipproposal on labour market intelligence between AoC and the London Skills and EmploymentObservatory; and how to engage governors in London region meetings and events. The last ofthese items was led by the Chairs who are Regional Committee members and generated aninteresting discussion about the topics that governors would find of interest and the timing ofevents to meet their needs, reflecting that many of them have other commitments. AoC Londonhas already been in discussion with Barclays about an event in the autumn that would bringtogether financial, legal and funding inputs on the new freedoms for Colleges and what theymean for governors. The minutes of the meeting will be published on the AoC London websitein due course; in the meantime, if you would like to follow up on any of the items mentionedabove, please contact Kate Anderson.Vice Principals’ Curriculum and Quality Network Meeting on 30 AprilVice Principals who attended this week’s meeting heard policy and funding updates from JoyMercer and Julian Gravatt respectively and a plea from WorldSkills Regional Champion, SueRimmer, to take a fresh look at skills competitions and how London Colleges could use thesefor the benefit of students, staff and Colleges themselves. Sue will work with AoC’s newDirector of WorldSkills Engagement, David Smith, to come up with a draft format for Collegesto run their own competitions as part of a strategy to revitalise London Colleges’ approach toskills competitions in the wake of the successful WorldSkills London 2011 event at ExCel lastOctober. In the meantime, see below for the latest updates from WorldSkills UK on Leipzig2013 and Information Seminars about National Training Awards.WorldSkills update – WorldSkills UK CompetitionsWorldSkills Leipzig 2013NAS is looking internationally to the road to WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. To create a greatTeam UK requires great training and NAS are looking for Training Managers. If you think yourCollege might be able to help either with the immediate or the ongoing request, please get intouch with Patrick Gormley, Apprenticeships/Skills Competition Development Seminars final reminder!The Awards information seminars are a golden opportunity to find out how to put together awinning entry for a National Training Award, meet a past winner, hear hints and tips from theJudges and network with like-minded people.
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012If you have not yet booked a place, there is still availability on some of the seminars. You cansee the remaining dates and make a booking here. Deadline for entry is 5pm, 25 May 2012.If you would like to get more information about the seminar, please emailinfo@nationaltrainingawards.comOlympic and Paralympic games updateHackney Community College performing arts students: audience of 3.5billion at GamesOpening CeremonyA group of nine performing arts students aged 16-18, and two staff from Hackney CommunityCollege have all been selected to perform in the event of a lifetime at the Olympic OpeningCeremony, which is expected to be viewed by 3.5billion people across the world.Before the audition, the students worked together in preparation. As well as their performancetraining, they watched extracts from the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony to see the incrediblyhigh expectations of performers at the Games. The group is also expected to act as high-performing role models for otherperforming arts students and asimpeccable representatives of their college.They have excelled in all areas. Alongsidethe students, two staff auditioned andwere also selected: Adele SmithPerforming Arts and Sport lecturer, andNdenko Asong a Faculty Administrator,are also proud to represent their college inthis amazing spectacle.The students and staff, although brimmingwith excitement, are not allowed to giveany details about the performance orrehearsals, as they are sworn to secrecyuntil the big day. Hackney Community College photoAmong the students:Adilson Santos aged 18 came from Brazil to join the colleges (unique) Circus Skills PerformingArts programmeChloe Rooney aged 16 joined HCC from Dance United, having missed out on traditionalschoolingLeah Walker-Murrain aged 18 started at HCC on a media course and moved over toperforming arts after her first year.Leah commented: Its such an amazing thing to be part of something so big and so important.The ceremony looks brilliant. Its going to be so exciting!"Head of Department Paul Lazarus added: "The group has made an indelible mark with theorganisers of the ceremony and have made friends and won the admiration of other performerswith their charm, friendliness and good humour. We are very proud of their tremendousachievement and look forward to seeing them perform in the ceremonies.” Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESCalls for proposals – European Integration FundUKBA calls for proposals for the European Integration Fund 2011/2012 are now open. Theclosing date for completed applications is 4.00pm on Wednesday 16 May 2012. For moreinformation please visit UKBA website.AoCs No Free Lunch campaignNo Free Lunch? is AoC’s campaign calling for the Government to extend the provision of freelunches to disadvantaged 16-18 year olds who study at College.You can pledge your support for this campaign by signing the petition at and by following @AoC_Campaigns using thehashtag #nofreelunch when you tweet about this issue.The 2012 Women’s Leadership Network Conference – for ALL leaders -is more exciting than ever, with something for everyone.Come and find out: • What it takes to get grade all 1s during an unannounced Ofsted inspection! • What Governors look for when recruiting to senior posts! • About the personal career journeys of inspirational women! • How flexible employment works in corporate practice.The conference is on Thursday 24th May 2012 at Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street,London, W1W 6JJ. For more information please visit WLN conference website.VQ Learner of the Year 2012 – NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDEDThe deadline for the 2012 VQ Day Learner of the Year Awards has now been extended toFriday 18th May at 4pm.The Awards are one of the most exciting elements of VQ Day, celebrating the exceptionalachievements of vocational learners from every region in England, as well as Wales, Scotlandand Northern Ireland.So please continue sending your nominations of outstanding learners! You can find theapplication form and other useful information at VQDay website. Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012 NACUE Enterprise Society ProjectThe National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) are seekingcolleges across London to be part of their project to develop enterprise societies. These extra-circular clubs/societies will be student-led and focus on inspiring, educating and connectingstudents across your college.To ensure execution of the enterprise agenda, NACUE aims to facilitate the development of theenterprise movement. Enterprise Societies, fundamentally, are a community of like-mindedindividuals with a similar ideology of work and understanding of future of the society as awhole. Societies can have different goals and approaches to organising things, but the underlineis the same – if you all believe that creative problem solving is the new way forward and if youdon’t make it happen no one will.These extra-circular clubs/societies will be student-led and focus on inspiring, educating andconnecting students across your college. Applications to the Project are open until Wednesday16th May.Please visit NACUE website for more information about the National Association. If you wantto know more about the about the support package available, please email Will Bywater atNACUE or Teresa Frith at the AoC.Academic opportunity at UCL this summer for students from LondonCollegesThe UCL Schools Outreach team is currently recruiting for a programme called SummerChallenge, a six-week after-school study programme for Year 12 students. There are six courseson offer at Summer Challenge and they all still have places available.You can find full details about Summer Challenge on the UCL website.If you think your students will be interested, please contact Alice Home at UCL for moreinformation. Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012 Havering College students win BBC debate prize The college in Hornchurch, Essex, will be hosting a live webcast debate with politicians and celebrities on Friday, June 1st. The programme will also be broadcast on the BBC Parliament channel. The prize is the result of the colleges curriculum manager for Media, Andy Popperwell, entering a five minute edited clip of Havering Asks in the BBCs annual Schools Questions and Answers competition. Havering College photo The Havering Asks event was organized by the college and Havering Council during Local Democracy Week last September and involved a filmed debate with an audience of 150 young people and a panel of politicians and celebrities. Havering College is delighted to be named as one of six winners nationwide in the BBC Schools Questions and Answers contest. Mr Popperwell said: This is an excellent achievement for the college. Our students and staff are excited to be working with the BBC on a live broadcast. Young people will be able to question politicians and celebrities on the issues which matter to them. It will be a fantastic insight into the industry for our media students. The BBCs deputy political editor James Landale is to chair the debate in The Space at the Havering College Ardleigh Green Campus on June 1st. Panellists announced to date include Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy and television presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli. A Havering College student will also be on the panel. You can read the full article at the London Colleges website.Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 25 April Institute of KA Group formed of partners in the schools, FE Educations new and HE sectors to consider education issues London of strategic importance to London and how Consultative Group the partners could work together on them. 26 April AoCLR Regional AoCLR See Headlines Committee meeting 30 April Safer Learners - JS This meeting discussed the Safer Learners’ Working Group Pilot programme. Meeting 30 April Meeting with KA Regular catch up meeting Alexandra Worden, Eversheds 30 April AoCLR VP C&Q AoCLR See Headlines network meeting 1 May Strategic Group for KA The following topics were discussed: Sport • Agenda for Sports Conference on 14 Teleconference May • Progress with the Pro-Active co- Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012 ordinated sub-regional meetings in relation to Sport England Funding bids1 May London Higher Ian Regular catch up meeting Meeting Ashman, KA4 May Institute of JS Event organised by The Institute of Education/London Education on behalf of London Councils as Councils part of their consultation on the vision for Consultative young peoples education and skills in the Seminar futureFuture meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Agenda8 May AoC London AoCLR The following will be discussed: Principals Forum • The New Ofsted Inspection Framework for Further Education and Skills, Matthew Coffey, National Director, Learning and Skills, Ofsted; • Lewisham College’s Recent Ofsted Inspection Experience, Maxine Room, Principal, Lewisham College; • LSIS Regional Response Fund extension project, Stephen Evans, Consultant, AoC London; • Mayor’s Education Enquiry, Laraine Smith, Principal, Uxbridge College and Jason Lever, GLA.10 May Marketing JS The agenda includes the following updates: Managers’ network • Fiona Carthy from the Knowledge meeting Partnership: workshop on Reputation Management and Workshop Discussion; • Ben Verinder, Director of Communications, AoC National; • London Region PR campaign Update: Jo Gilham; • Discussion groups/sharing good practice; • Working with International Colleagues on a Collective Offer.10 May AOC, YOT, Secure JS The following topics will be discussed: Estate working • Terms of reference group on young • Who does what by when offenders and • Making sure our respective networks Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012 access to sustained are engaged in this work and how we and successful FE can communicate and implement our placements recommendations.14 May AoC & BCS London KA The agenda includes the following updates: Region Conference • National Policy update • Teaching & Learning – Evidence Based Learning • Student Led Sport & Community Links – FE Pilot Projects • How to Achieve Healthy College Accreditation16 May AoC BDM Meeting EB The Agenda includes: • Local Enterprise Partnership • FE Commercial • Regional Up-date18 May Meeting with Vic KA Quarterly catch up meeting Grimes, Apprenticeships18 May Clerks’ Network JS Agenda to be confirmed meetingEvents and Dates for the Diary  AoC London Principals’ Forum, Tuesday 8 May, 3.00pm-5.00pm at Hackney Community College. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC London Marketing Managers’ network meeting, Thursday 10 May, 9.30am-2.00pm at Working Men’s College. Please email Judith Smyth for more information.  AoC & BCS London Region Conference, Monday 14 May, 12pm-5pm, Hackney Community College. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  How to be successful in the HE market Conference, Tuesday 15 May, 9.30am-4.20pm, Maple House, Birmingham. For more information please visit AoC Create Events website.  2012 AoC International Conference, Tuesday 15 May, 9.00am-4.30pm at Prospero House, London. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London Business Development Managers’ Network meeting, Wednesday 16 May, 1.30pm-4pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Judith Smyth for more information.  Linking London Event: Producing Access Agreements for 2013-14, Wednesday 16 May, 2.00pm-5.00pm, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London. For more information please visit the Linking London website. Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 4 May 2012  Alcohol Awareness discussion, Thursday 17 May at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. Please contact Shireen Al-Khalili at AoC Create Events for more information.  AoC London Clerks’ Network meeting, Friday 18 May, 2.00pm-5.00pm at Westminster Kingsway College, Victoria Centre. Please email Judith Smyth for more information.  AoC Equality and Diversity Conference, Wednesday 23 May 2012, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London Heads of Student Services Network meeting, Tuesday 29 May, 10.00am- 1.00pm at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC Purchasing Conference and Exhibition, Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 May 2012, ICC, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London Regional Committee, Thursday 31 May, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC London Finance Directors’ Network meeting, Wednesday 13 June, 9.00am-1.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  AoC London HE Coordinators meeting, Wednesday 20 June, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC Offices, London. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  BCS/AoC National Sports Conference 2012, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 June at Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website.  AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party, Thursday 28 June, PM, Venue Working Men’s College (tbc). Please email Judith Smyth for more information.  AoC CIS/MIS Managers’ Network meeting, Friday 29 June, 10.00am-1.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.Policy and other documents 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 Bagusyte. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager Evelina Bagusyte Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8