AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin26 October 2012 – Issue 123Dear ColleaguesThis week I would like to highlight a number of key London events that have taken place sincethe last bulletin.MPs Dinner at the House of CommonsWe were delighted that the Right Honourable Margaret Hodge MP, Seema Malhotra MP, SarahTeather MP, and Nick de Bois MP accepted invitations to attend the AoC London dinner at theHouse of Commons hosted by Meg Hillier MP. This was a highly successful event and atimely opportunity to highlight key messages around London’s needs, what London Collegesare doing to meet those needs and how London MPs can help. The discussion centred aroundLondon policy priorities for young people, for employer skills and apprenticeships, and gettingpeople into work. A summary of AoC London Colleges Policy and Priorities is attached. Thissummary has been developed through AoC London Regional Committee and PrincipalsForum. You may find this useful when meeting with your MPs. Please keep feeding back to us.We were invited to provide a further follow up brief for the MPs. This was an importantopportunity to set out the scale and scope of Colleges’ contribution to the capital, and theimpact of policy and funding changes on learners and on the College offer. If you would liketo discuss further please contact Ian Ashman, Cathy Walsh, Steve Dowbiggin, Vicki Fagg, AndyWilson, Marjorie Semple, myself or Judith Smyth as participants at the event.London Councils: Young People’s Education and Skills Board, 16th OctoberAs an observer on the YPES Board I attended the meeting chaired by Jack Morris on 16thOctober. The agenda included consideration of the Draft Statement of Annual Priorities,Raising the Participation Age – Post 16 Transition, Responses to London Youth Unemploymentand High Needs Funding Reform. The papers are available here.Regional Committee FE Principals Meeting with Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education,18th OctoberThe agenda included updates on the Vision GLA 2020, the Mayor’s Inquiry and the LEP, andthe opportunity to discuss issues around 16 -18 recruitment in London, and the Mayor’sApprenticeship campaign. A number of follow up meetings have been agreed.If you wish to discuss any aspect further please contact Caroline or Judith.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 26 October 2012 th AoC London Regional Forum, Eversheds, 18 October This well attended and successful event focused on Governors’ Responsibilities and Liabilities and an update and over view of Charity Law. Please contact Evelina Bagusyte if you would like to receive the slides. Mayor’s Education Inquiry: Launch and Publication, 19th October Judith attended the launch of the Mayor’s Education Inquiry Final Report on Friday 19 October. Colleges will be particularly interested in Recommendations 6, 7 and 8. AoC London Region released a statement on Londoncolleges.com and on Twitter in response. Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College has been part of the panel and will continue to work with them on careers guidance for Londoners. Best wishes Caroline NevilleCALLS FOR ACTION London Colleges website You may have already noticed that the new London Colleges website has a rolling banner of the pictures on the front page. Please keep sending to Evelina Bagusyte your high resolution pictures to promote your Colleges. We would ideally like to have an up to date picture from every regional member– so please don’t miss out on your chance to promote your College. Please give your views on a London skills and employment service The Social Market Foundation has been commissioned by the GLA to carry out an evaluation of the London Skills and Employment Observatory. This is the chance for Colleges to have an input. The Social Market Foundation is really keen to get Colleges’ thoughts on the service that the Observatory provides, the types of labour market and skills information that are important to Colleges and any ideas about how the service could be improved in the future. Please complete the survey online to give your views. All responses will be treated anonymously. The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday 7th November 2012. For further detail about the project please contact Nigel Keohane at the Social Market Foundation.LONDON NEWS London Colleges news Richmond upon Thames College Lecturer Wins BBC Countryfile Competition A wildlife image taken by Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) lecturer Dave Foker has been voted by the public as the overall winner of the BBC Countryfile Photographic Page 2 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 26 October 2012 Competition. Titled On the Move, Daves entry beat over 50,000 other participants to take pride of place on the front of the Countryfile Calendar 2013 as well as featuring in the month of May. The winning image, voted for by Countryfile viewers, was taken whilst Dave was holidaying with his wife in Scotland and features a badger scurrying down a secluded country track. The response and support Ive had since it was announced has been amazing said Dave. Ive had people I havent heard from for thirty years contact me to say congratulations and the image has also featured in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Radio Times. Richmond upon Thames College picture Please visit London Colleges website to read a full story. GLA news 4,000 young people to benefit from Mayor’s youth funding News From Len Duvall AM: Questions over Mayor’s ability to deliver on Education Inquiry Mayor unveils ambitious plans to make London a world leader in educationUPCOMING EVENTS AoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Finance Directors Network meeting, Thursday 8 November. • AoC London Heads of Sport Network meeting, Monday 12 November. • AoC London Business Development Managers Network meeting, Wednesday 14 November. • AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012, 20-22 November. • AoC London Marketing Committee meeting, 27 November. • AoC London Procurement Network meeting, 28 November. AoC National and AoC Create events AoC / WorldSkills UK I AM GLOBAL Conference - Excellence in VET International Leadership: Driving Economic Growth, 19 November 2012, Birmingham The AoC / WorldSkills UK I AM...GLOBAL Conference will provide a forum for international exchange on VET. It will showcase cutting edge approaches to key VET issues and share up to date research from the sector. There will be sessions feeding back from the different strands of the WorldSkills legacy project. It will be a perfect opportunity for international colleagues to share ideas and help set up an international VET network on which future partnerships can be built. For more information please visit the AoC Create website. Page 3 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 26 October 2012 Be a Better PA – A new course for PAs serving the Further Education sector, 27 November, London . AoC Create is pleased to unveil its first workshop exclusively for PAs serving the Further Education Sector. This course will equip you with the essential skills for influencing and managing relationships with key stakeholders, including your Principal. You will also have the opportunity to develop the essential project management skills for preparing and implementing change, and listen to a Sector update from an AoC Director. For more information and to book your place, please visit the workshop website. Other events Funding for High Needs Students, 8th November At the AoC London Principals Forum meeting on 2nd October the policy, and policy implementation, of High Needs Students was discussed as a key issue for London Colleges and local authorities. A Regional Event has been organised (London Councils/Education Funding Agency/Association of Colleges/Association of National Specialist Colleges) on managing these key policy changes in the interests of learners. To find out more about the event or book your place please visit the London Councils website. London’s Regional Tournament British Colleges Sport (BCS) come to a very exciting time of year when they are hosting London’s first regional tournament. The regional tournaments are a chance for Colleges to play against each other for a place on the London team for the National Championships which occur at Bath University in Easter. This year the students taking part in 12 of 14 different sports across 4 different sites in London over 5 Wednesdays in November and December. Whether your College is taking part or have not been involved in the BCS setup before and would like to see what it’s all about, you are invited to view some of the sports on one of the days in November: • Football, Tennis and Squash in North London on the 7th (Enfield) • Cross country, Rugby, Netball and Golf in West London on the 14th (Richmond) • Badminton, Volleyball, Trampoline and Table tennis on the 21st (UEL SportsDock) • Basketball at Hackney Community College on December 5th and 12th To find out more please contact Carla Emmanuel, Regional Coordinator at BCS.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGS Recent meetings Date Meetings/Events 15 October MP’s Dinner (CN, JS, IA) 16 October AoC London Heads of Student Services Network Meeting 16 October Meeting with Tod Baker and Davide Persechino, Barclays (CN) Page 4 of 5
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 26 October 201216 October Young Persons Education and Skills Board Meeting (CN)16 October Talent Match Partnership Meeting (JS)17 October AoC London Marketing Committee meeting (JS)18 October AoC London Regional Committee Principals’ meeting with Munira Mizra, GLA, (IA, CN, JS)18 October Quarterly meeting with Mark Hilton London First (CN)18 October AoC London Regional Forum, Eversheds19 October ESOL Planning Meeting (EB)19 October Mayor’s Education Inquiry Meeting, Pimlico Academy (JS)19 October AoC London Clerks’ Network Meeting22 October 16-18 Apprenticeships Recruitment Meeting with Bronte Turner and Jon Thorn, Apprenticeships (CN, JS)22 October AoC London Region Vice Principals C&Q Network meeting24 October Meeting with Steve Kerr, Policy Officer, London Voluntary Service Council (IA, CN)24 October AoC HE Coordinators Network Meeting25 October AoC London Strategic Group for Sport meeting25 October Disability Sport Meeting (JS)25 October Telephone Meeting with Nigel Keohane, Social Market Foundation (CN)Future meetingsDate Meetings/Events7 November South Thames College visit (EB)7 November Meeting with Paul Wakeling, Principal, Havering Sixth Form College (CN)8 November ESOL workshop event, City Hall (CN, JS)8 November AoC London Finance Directors Network meeting8 November London Councils Higher Needs Students event (CN)8 November Meeting with Julie Naldrett (CN)8 November GLA Part–Time jobs campaign event (JS)9 November AoC Directors Strategy Meeting (CN)If 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.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comEvelina Bagusyte Etha TaylorRegional Co-ordinator Team Administratorevelina.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Page 5 of 5