AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin 12 October 2012 – Issue 122 Dear Colleagues The AoC London Principals Forum met on 2nd October on Funding Reforms. The session provided a good opportunity to review the scale, scope and implications of the changes for 13/14 in the London context. It was excellent to receive contributions from the Skills Funding Agency, Education Funding Agency, National Apprenticeship Service and London Councils around 16 – 18 Funding Formula Changes, Programmes of Study, Raising the Participation Age, Simplification, the new Skills Funding Agency funding formula and 24+ Advanced Learner Loans. In response to members, an outcome of the session was agreement that we will organise a follow up session on Higher Needs Students and the new role for Councils. Please contact Evelina Bagusyte if you would like to get the slides. On the same day a small group, chaired by Sue Rimmer as our Regional World Skills Champion, shared ideas on World Skills and Developing a Vision for London. London Colleges are taking part in the Skills Show, Birmingham (15-17 November), and Skills London (23-24 November). Building on this it was agreed we wanted to do more in London to get the most out of national, regional and local competitions for our students and employers. Watch this space! Next week there are a number of key events that provide the opportunity to discuss London Colleges policy priorities and to influence the policy agenda. These include: • th House of Commons meeting/dinner for five MPs and their local College principals (15 October). • Regional Committee FE Principals meeting with Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor (18th October). The agenda is being jointly prepared and will be sent out separately. • AoC London Regional Forum (18th October) at Eversheds. Also note that on Friday 19th October the Mayor is scheduled to launch the final report of the Mayor’s Education Inquiry. Best wishes Caroline NevilleCALLS FOR ACTION Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 Please consider the strong candidates in your communities, contributing at all levels; CBE, OBE, MBE and BEM (British Empire Medal) and contact Sarah Massey, AoC PA to Chief Executive to submit nominations by midday Monday 22 October 2012.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 October 2012Student Photography CompetitionThere is still time for your students to enter the AoC Photography Competition (deadlineFriday 19 October). The results will be announced at AoC National Conference, the entries aredisplayed and credited to the student and College, both at the Conference and in AoC’s HeadOffice in London for at least one year. The winners receive vouchers for a photography retailerand work experience with a professional photographer.Adult Learners Week 2013: Nominations now open!Recognise the achievements of your inspirational friends, family, colleagues or students bynominating them for the individual learner awards. You can also highlight the outstandingwork of your organisation by nominating your learning projects. Nominations are open until5.00pm, Thursday 13 December 2012.For more information please visit the Adult Learners’ Week website.Theatre/College Partnership OpportunityThriller Live theatre is looking to engage a London College in an ongoing partnership wherebyyour art/drama students would have the chance to dress the bars areas of the theatre around agiven theme. The first opportunity is a Halloween celebration from Monday 29th October.After that there are opportunities at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter etc. ‘This project wouldbe mutually beneficial and as such would make a small donation to a College and would coverthe costs supplying the necessary materials in return for the students bringing their creativity toshow. It is a great opportunity for the students to get some experience working on a projectand should be a lot of fun!’ said The Flying Music Company Ltd.For more information please contact Sophie Mulligan, Marketing Assistant at The Flying MusicCompany Ltd.LONDON NEWSLondon Colleges newsRedbridge College trio land GLA rolesThree Redbridge College learners will have a direct say in shaping local and London-wide youth strategies and projects after being talent-spotted by the Greater London Authority and appointed as Peer Outreach Workers. Learners John Fawsitt, Agne Sarutyte and Jordan Browne - who each study Graphic Design and Media qualifications at the College based in Chadwell Heath - will be working part-time from their own office in City Hall while continuing their studies at the College.Redbridge College pictureThe trio will be working directly with disaffected young people across Redbridge and Londonas a whole, organising events and projects in schools, leading workshops and mentoring Page 2 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 October 2012 students. Additionally, the three learners will be reporting back their findings to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in regular quarterly meetings. To read a full story please visit London Colleges website. Colleges Week 2012: New collateral and toolkits now available The Colleges Week team updated Colleges Week 2012 website. You will find more information on the five key strands of activity your College might like to get involved with, together with a number of new resources. The team will be in touch directly over the next few weeks, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email the College Week Team. Please follow Colleges Week 2012 on @Collegesweek or @aoc_info and keep an eye on AoC Media and PR Briefings for updates. GLA news What are the lessons and legacy from 2012 transport? Londons 2012 sporting legacy on track as Mayor plans next phase of sports investment Euro Skills success prior to The Skills Show Euro Skills was on 4-6 October in Spa, Belgium. Congratulations to two Portfolio Group members, Malachy McAleer (South West College) and Barry Liles (Coleg Sir Gar) and their Euro Medal Winners at Spa in Belgium – fantastic achievement for Northern Ireland and Wales. It is important to note that many English and Scottish gold, silver, bronze and medals of excellence there were alongside the Welsh and the Irish! We are delighted to include congratulations to the AoC President, Maggie Galliers and Leicester College on medalists! The press release about the event is attached to the Bulletin.UPCOMING EVENTS AoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Heads of Student Services Network meeting, Tuesday 16 October. • AoC London Marketing Committee meeting, Wednesday 17 October. • AoC London Regional Committee Principals meeting with Mayoral Adviser, Thursday 18 October. • AoC London Regional Forum, Thursday 18 October. • AoC London Clerks’ Network meeting, Friday 19 October. • AoC London Vice Principals C&Q Network meeting, Monday 22 October. • AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting, Wednesday 24 October. • AoC London Strategic Group for Sport meeting, Thursday 25 October. Page 3 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 October 2012 • AoC London Finance Directors Network meeting, Thursday 8 November. • AoC London Heads of Sport Network meeting, Monday 12 November. AoC National and AoC Create events Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, 5 December 2012, Prospero House, London This conference will explore significant reforms set out in the Children and Families Bill, associated Green Paper and in the 16-25 High Cost Pupil funding reforms. This is a major programme of reforms, creating possible upheaval, but also opportunities for Colleges and their students regarding the assessment and provision of education and other services for children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. To register your attendance and find out more about the event please visit AoC Create website. Other events WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show: Information on the Event, 15-17 November, Birmingham The WorldSkills UK Skills Show takes place from 15-17 November 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. It will be the UK’s biggest skills and careers event and a unique annual celebration with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships. Over 50 skills competitions will take place at the event. The Skills Show Special Edition provides information about the show. You can register your attendance on The Skills Show website or by calling 0845 475 1500. Skills London, 2012, 23-24 November, London Skills London 2012 event is on 23-24 November in London. The two days exhibition will take place at ExCeL London. If you haven’t done yet book now and enjoy an inspirational experience with over 100 organisations providing hands-on interactive demonstrations.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGS Recent meetings Date Meetings/Events 1 October Telephone meeting with Diana Neal, Head of Economy, London Councils (CN) 1 October YMCA event (JS) 2 October World Skills Meeting (IA, CN, JS) 2 October ESOL meeting with GLA, JCP, SFA and NCS (JS) 2 October Principals’ Forum, City of Westminster College (AoCLR) 4 October Meeting with Tony Medhurst, Principal, Harrow College (CN) 4 October Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes, Apprenticeships (CN, JS) 5 October Meeting with Michelle Cuomo and Andrew Gates, GLA (IA, JS) 10 October LWBLA Conference (CN) Page 4 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 12 October 201210 October Meeting with Gary Chin, Principal, Greenwich Community College (CN)12 October Meeting with Paul Tucker and Derek Harvey, Job Centre Plus (CN)Future meetingsDate Meetings/Events15 October IA, CN and JS to attend MPs dinner at House of Commons16 October CN and JS to attend AoC London Heads of Student Services Network Meeting16 October CN to attend The Young Peoples Education and Skills Board Meeting16 October JS to attend Talent Match Partnership Meeting16 October CN to have a regular catch up meeting with Mary Vine-Morris, London Councils17 October JS to attend Marketing Committee meeting18 October IA, CN and JS to attend AoC London Regional Committee Principals meeting with Mayor’s Advisor, GLA18 October CN and JS to have a regular catch up meeting with Mark Hilton, London First18 October AoCLR to attend AoC London Regional Forum19 October EB to attend ESOL Workshop Planning meeting19 October JS to attend AoC London Clerks’ Network Meeting19 October JS to attend the launch the Final Report of Mayor Education Inquiry22 October CN and JS to meet Bronte Turner and Jon Thorn, Apprenticeships22 October AoCLR to attend AoC London Vice Principals C&Q Network Meeting24 October IA and CN to meet with Steve Kerr, Policy Officer, LVSC24 October CN o attend AoC London HE Coordinators Network Meeting25 October AoCLR to attend AoC London Strategic Group of Sport Meeting25 October CN to meet Maria Thompson, Principal, Havering College of FE and HEIf you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and futuremeetings/events please contact Etha Taylor, AoC London Region Team Administrator.CONTACTSIf 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 Bagusyte.Caroline Neville Judith SmythRegional Director Deputy Directorcaroline.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgEvelina Bagusyte Etha TaylorRegional Co-ordinator Team Administratorevelina.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Page 5 of 5