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AoC London Member's Bulletin - Issue 132


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AoC London Member's Bulletin - Issue 132

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin 22 March 2013 – Issue 132 Dear Colleagues, Please note that today is the final day for the World Skills UK National Competition registrations. I know we are all keen to ensure London has the greatest opportunity to demonstrate its skills and talents this year. Please visit UK National Competition registrations website. Since our last bulletin both the AoC London Procurement and Business Development Managers Networks have taken place here at Stedham Place. The AoC London Regional Forum convened on 12th March which was an excellent opportunity for Andy Wilson, Principal of Westminster Kingsway College to give a brief update in his capacity as AoC Board Member. Please find attached the AoC Board meeting’s summary and Policy Spring 2013 update. The keynote presentations came from Eversheds Education Team on the Freedoms introduced by the Education Act 2011 and this prompted a very useful question and answer session from the floor. This was, of course, Michael Farley’s last formal meeting with AoC as Principal of Tower Hamlets and so this was a great opportunity to thank him for his enormous contribution to London in recent years, and to pass on our very best wishes for the future. The quarterly Young People’s Education and Skills Board, convened by London Councils, also held it spring meeting this week. The meeting was hosted by Frank McLoughlin, Principal of City and Islington College commencing with a tour of the Centre for Applied Sciences and the Sixth Form Centre, including the opportunity to speak with students and staff. Key issues for the meeting included participation information for London’s boroughs, and recent research on partnership and collaboration in the current environment and the 16-18 Apprenticeship Recruitment Action Plan. The papers are available online. For further information contact Caroline. From the AoC London team please accept our very best wishes for the Easter break. Our next bulletin will be published on 12 April. Best wishes CarolineLONDON NEWS London Colleges news Capel Manor College Students Win Gold It was a smashing start to the weekend as Capel Manor College Reclaiming London show garden took the gold medal at the Ideal Home Young Gardener of the Year 2013 competition. The show garden was designed exclusively for the Ideal Home Show competition by the garden design and horticulture students from the Capel Manors centres in Regents Park and
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 March 2013 Enfield. It tells the story of a small urban garden that has been transformed into an ecologically friendly sanctuary for the family. It has a low carbon footprint, having been built using sustainable and recycled materials. When awarding the gold medal the judges commented: The team have made great use of materials and the space. Great care has been given to the smallest of details; they have successfully created an outdoor room. The garden also features a water rill, a pond, flowering plants to attract wildlife and a space to grow herbs, and edible plants; blackcurrant, blueberry, rhubarb, onions and salads. Capel Manor College picture To read the full story please visit London Colleges website. GLA news What could City Hall do to help improve careers services for Londoners? Assembly to examine the impact of welfare reforms on London News from Jenny Jones AM: Only one in five of Mayor’s apprenticeships went to young people Mayor helps London apprentices on their way with cheaper travel UPCOMING EVENTSAoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • Marketing Committee meeting, 9 April • Regional Committee meeting 18 April • Principals’ Forum, 24 April • AoC London Region Committee Principals meeting with Mayoral Advisor, 25 April • Vice Principals’ C&Q Network meeting, 29 April • Marketing Committee meeting, 1 May • Strategic Group for Sport meeting, 13 May • Marketing Managers’ Network meeting, 14 May • Business Development Managers’ Network meeting, 15 May • Heads of MIS Network meeting, 17 May • Clerks’ Network meeting, 17 May • Heads of Sport Network meeting, 20 May • Heads of Student Services Network meeting, 21 May • Regional Committee meeting, 23 May Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 March 2013AoC Create News AoC Create’s Sector Management College programme re-launches in May 2013. Designed to support junior and middle managers, delegates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to become highly effective members of your Colleges management team. Three residential modules with work based assignments and coaching support lead to a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, and can be continued to a Level 7 (Masters) qualification. Non accredited routes can also be followed. To find out more, and to book, please visit or call 020 7034 2640 Upcoming AoC Create London workshops include Performance Management, Strategy and Culture, presented by David Collins on Wednesday 17 April and Managing Change, Restructures and Redundancy, run by Darren Newman on Thursday 18 April.AoC Create Conferences Teaching and Learning: Governors’ role in an Ofsted inspection, 5 June, Birmingham This conference aims to equip delegates with an understanding of what is now required of the governance community in respect of teaching and learning. It will provide an opportunity to listen to practitioners share practical examples of how they have managed these responsibilities, whilst respecting the difference between governance and management. To register your attendance to find out more please visit AoC Create website. AoC Equality & Diversity Conference, 19 June, London Following the success of the previous conferences on equality and diversity, AoC will be hosting its fifth conference in the summer of 2013. This conference offers the tools to stay at the forefront of good practice in equality. With a focus on sector-specific issues and opportunities to engage with colleagues and experts both within and outside of the FE sector, this is the essential event to inform your work in progressing equality and diversity in the College workplace and learning environment. To register your attendance to find out more please visit AoC Create website. AoC Shaping College Higher Education Conference, 28 June, Birmingham As the Coalition Government’s HE policies bed in, how can Colleges maintain their quality, seek expansion and shape the HE system to benefit its learners? How can Colleges improve their student engagement with HE learners, understand the learning journeys of vocational learners, improve internal progression and shape local tertiary systems within tight funding constraints? This Conference will provide you with an opportunity to engage with the Labour Party’s Shadow HE Spokesperson, Shabana Mahmood MP and discuss ideas and share best practice To register your attendance to find out more please visit AoC Create website. Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 March 2013 GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGSRecent meetings Date Meetings/Events 11 March Inspiration 2013 event at Barking and Dagenham College (EJ) 11 March College Principals’ visit from Kazakhstan and Georgia (JS) 12 March The Railway Apprentices Crossover Breakfast at Waltham Forest College (JS) 12 March AoC London Regional Forum (AoCLR) 13 March Meeting with Graciano Soares, Manager, JISC RSC London (CN) 13 March LEP Skills and Employment Working Group meeting (CN) 14 March Meeting with Ken Warman, Principal, BSix Sixth Form College (CN) 14 March AoC London Procurement Managers’ Network meeting (CN) 19 March Young Peoples Education and Skills Board meeting (CN) 19 March Meeting with Vic Farlie, London Work Based Learning Alliance regarding LSIS project (CN, JS) 20 March AoC London Business Development Managers’ Network meeting (AoCLR) 21 March Meeting with Jane Overbury, Principal, Christ the King Sixth Form College (CN)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 25 March Task Group LSIS Building Progression project meeting (CN, JS) 25 March Common Accord Workshop (CN) 26 March AoC London pre-meeting with Michelle Cuomo and Andrew Gates (IA,CN, JS) 26 March Meeting with Andrew Parkin, Principal, St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College (CN) 27 Mach Meeting with Kat Cooper, Prevent (CN,JS) 27 March Meeting with Anthony Lawton, Principal, Mary Ward Centre (CN) 4 April ESOL Workshop planning meeting with GLA and JCP (JS) 8 April Meeting with Gabe Flint, Principal, Richmond Adult Community College (CN) 8 April Meeting with Ben Nicholls, Head of Policy, Newham FE College (CN) 8 April Regular catch up meeting with Mary Vine-Morris, London Councils (CN) If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and future meetings/events please contact Eva Taumer, AoC London Team Administrator. CONTACTS 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 Joykutty. Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Evelina Joykutty Regional Director Deputy Director Regional Co-ordinator Eva Taumer Team Administrator Page 4 of 4