AoC London Region Bulletin Issue 115


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AoC London Region Bulletin Issue 115

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin01 June 2012- Issue 115Heads of Student Services Network Meeting, 29 May 2012The Heads of Students Services Network held a very well-attended meeting on Tuesday 29May. Issues covered included: DfE Consultation on Statutory Responsibility for IAG; NationalCareers Service; DCLG’s work on youth homelessness; AoC’s “No Free Lunch?” Campaign andIAG/holistic and engagement support for early leavers.A briefing and statement of principles of good practice issued jointly by the Association forSchool and College Leaders (ASCL) and the Association of Colleges was also circulated.Entitled “Putting young people first -Ensuring high quality and impartial careers guidance inschools and colleges”, we have attached it to this bulletin. Please share this with your partnerschools.Attendees were also updated on the AoC London Region/Youth Justice Board project workingto ease the transfer of young people from the Youth Justice System into sustained andsuccessful College provision. A working group of representatives from Colleges, YOTs andSecure Estates with other key agency support are working on three work streams identified toachieve this. Please see summary attached for further details.Presentations and requests for responses to the DfE consultation will be circulated to Heads ofStudent Services next week. If you would like copies of any of the presentations or informationfrom the meeting, please contact Evelina Bagusyte.AoC London Regional Committee Meeting, 31 May 2012The Regional Committee meeting on 31 May received a verbal and written update from JillLowery, Skills Funding Agency and a written update from Alan Parnum, Education FundingAgency. Both are attached to this bulletin for your information. The new senior staff at AoCCreate, Sian Harris, Head of Training and Nicole Osborne, Head of Client Services, introducedthemselves to the Committee and are looking forward to working with all London Colleges todeliver services for the sector by the sector.The meeting also received a number of regular updates including LEP Skills and EmploymentWorking Group Update, Governors’ Council Update, Marketing Committee Update, AoCLondon Update, 2012 update, Management Accounts and the Representation Table.Regional Committee Election Update:AoC London sought self nominations for the two Principal vacancies and GFE Chair vacancyon the Regional Committee with a deadline of 18 and 21 May respectively. One nominationfrom John Bolt of West Thames College was received for the GFE Chair vacancy; therefore Johnwas confirmed as a new Regional Committee member.No nominations were received for the Principal vacancies, therefore Tony Medhurst and CathyWalsh have been reappointed to the Regional Committee for a further two years. The new SDIrepresentative on the Regional Committee will be Michael Wheeler, Principal of HillcroftCollege.
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party, 28 JuneThe AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party takes place at Barclays, 1 Churchill Place(Canary Wharf station) on 28 June. Matthew Coffey has agreed to come back and give a furtherupdate on the new Ofsted framework. In addition, there will be a practically-oriented sessionaddressing the issue of what good governance means in the current environment. Chairs,Principals and College Nominees are invited to the event. Thanks to Barclays for theirsponsorship and for providing a venue for the event. Further information about the event willbe circulated soon but, in the meantime, please hold the date and start registering to attend.WorldSkills update – WorldSkills UK CompetitionsThere are no new updates since the previous Bulletin which encouraged Colleges to considergetting involved with the preparations for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. This is an ongoingrequest so, if you’re interested, please contact formore information.Olympic and Paralympic games updateSharing lessons of the Games with Brazil: 2012 to 2016Visitors from CEFET, the College closest to the 2016 Olympic Stadium, visited HackneyCommunity College to find out how students are being trained and prepared to make the mostof the opportunities of the Olympic andParalympic Games.Sports students Rishmai Narrow, RachelAustin and Micah Watson-Gayle have allundertaken door supervision training andwill work with the Security team at theLondon 2012Games.Performing Arts student Adilson Santoscame from Brazil to join HackneyCommunity College because of the CircusSkills element of the course. Hackney Community College pictureHe is proud to be one of the performers in the opening ceremony of the London Games.The Hackney students enjoyed chatting to Pedro Brito from CEFET, a technical College in Riode Janeiro Brazil. He will share what he learned in Hackney with education leaders, Collegestaff and students in Brazil. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESAdult Learners Week Award CeremonyAdult Learners Week has officially ended for another year on 17 May 2012 at the Museum ofLondon. It was a spectacular event hosted by Simon Beer. Four MPs turned up to present theawards, including Frank Dobson, which was quite exciting. Moreover, the choir from SCOLAprovided the entertainment.Some truly inspirational winners were recognisedthis year, contributing to a hugely successful AdultLearners Week. This years winners stories showjust how dramatically learning can transformpeoples lives.The achievements of adults from across the countrywere celebrated at national and regional awardceremonies, and thousands of free events andactivities took place across the country. Adult Learners’ Week pictureIn 2013, Adult Learners Week will take place from 18 to 24 May. For more information pleasevisit Adult Learners Week website.LWBLA NAS Provider conference: London and SE Providers Achieving Excellence - Friday25 MayThe London and South East Providers Achieving Excellence Conference was held for providersacross London and the South East on Friday 25 May. The following speakers attended theevent: • Matthew Coffey, National Director, Learning and Skills Ofsted ‘Pre introduction to the revised Common Inspection Framework. Maintaining Grade 2s and above.’ • Chris Cherry, Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development, LSIS • Stephen Lee, Apprenticeship Manager, Barking and Dagenham College • Lindsay Jardine, Director of Operations, KATO and Karen Penny, Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager, Hawk Training – AIAN London & South East presentationsThe above listed presentations will be available shortly via LWBLA website.Further Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) and the Institute for Learning (IfL)Employee Perceptions ResearchThe Knowledge Partnership is currently undertaking a critical piece of research into employeeperceptions of the FE sector. This builds on their previous investigations into reputationundertaken within the sector – and seeks to gather the views of one of the sector’s mostimportant stakeholders – its staff. Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012The present study includes a literature review of existing research into employee perceptions ineducation. There has also been a qualitative phase of one-to-one interviews with staff – whichsome of you may have taken part in. The final stage is the quantitative phase – an online surveyaimed at all staff in the sector. The research outcomes will enable them to understand moreclearly what motivates staff to work in FE, what they think of the sector and what drivescontinued loyalty and advocacy in the sector.The Knowledge Partnership is kindly asking Colleges’ staff to complete the survey online. Allresponses are completely anonymous – there are no questions that will identify any individualor their organisation. If you have any questions – please contact Fiona Carthy at TheKnowledge Partnership.Generating GeniusGenerating Genius works, alongside a wide range of partner schools and universities, withhundreds of high-achieving children and young people from challenging backgrounds wherethere has been no tradition of entry to higher education. Through their two personalisedsupport programmes, they aim to enable at least 90 per cent of participants to win places at eliteRussell Group universities.Generating Genius team has attracted funding from a number of blue-chip corporate sponsors,including: Google, Shell UK, BT, Barclays, Bank of America, Proctor and Gamble, BNY Mellon,Johnson Matthey.You can find more information about their current projects at the Generating Genius website.Developing the community curriculum in FE Colleges: conferencesThe free of charge conference aims to highlight practical examples and resources that couldassist Colleges in developing responsive curricula for their communities. The events’ dates: • 12 June 10.30am – 3.00pm Abbey Centre, London • 19 June 10.30am – 3.00pm Kings House, Manchester • 20 June 10.30am – 3.00pm BVSC, BirminghamFor more information please visit the NIACE website. Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012 Twilight Star Honors Uxbridge College Filmmakers One of the stars of the blockbuster film series the Twilight Saga, MyAnna Buring, presented Uxbridge College filmmakers with ‘Oscar’ awards. MyAnna, who plays Tanya in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and will also be in Part 2 which is due to be released in the autumn, congratulated them on their achievements in writing, directing, acting and production. The Swedish-born actress has also recently appeared in BBC2’s series White Heat alongside Brit stars including Lindsay Duncan, Juliet Stevenson and Michael Kitchen, and has been filming The Fuse with Christopher Eccleston for BBC1. The students are on A level courses in Media Studies at the College in West London, and their short films will form part of their course work. Laurie Tallack, Media Lecturer, said: ‘Our students have produced some excellent work this year demonstrating a high level of technical and creative skill. In particularly they have used the industry standard editing software Final Cut Pro series 7 which will stand them in good stead in the job market.’ ‘It was really inspiring for them to meet MyAnna, particularly as she has so much experience as an actor that she definitely knows a good film from a bad one!’ The winners were: AS Best Soundtrack: Florence Secombe and Daniel Leadbetter AS Best Narration: Tarryn Nesbit and Simone Prendergast AS Best Film: Jack Gordon and Jagwinder Dhillon A2 Best Actor: Mofe Fafowara A2 Best Edit: Conrad Koslowski and Lyall Paldano A2 Best Film: Damilola Mabadaje Photo caption: Twilight actor MyAnna Buring (centre) pictured with Uxbridge College students Simone Prendergast (left) and Tarryn NesbitRecent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 21 May Meeting with Mary KA Regular catch up meeting Vine-Morris 22 May Initial meeting IA, KA, JS Initial meeting, to be followed by regular with John-Paul quarterly catch up meetings Marks, JobCentre Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012 Plus24 May Mayors new IA, KA, JS Discussions on the Mayor’s commitment to pledge for Apprenticeships Apprenticeships, meeting with Michelle Cuomo, GLA and Ian Ashman24 May John Hole, BCS KA, JS Meeting regarding the new BCS London Mike Tweedale, Regional Coordinator Kingston College and Clare Howard, AoC25 May LEST Meeting JS Regular catch up meeting25 May NAS Provider JS See Headlines Conference: London & SE Providers Achieving Excellence29 May AoC London Head AoCLR The following topics were discussed: of Student Services • AoC Student Services update Network Meeting • DCLG’s work on youth homelessness • IAG/holistic and engagement support for early leavers - Care Leavers and Teen Parents (male/female) • No Free Lunch? Campaign AoC London updates30 May Meeting with KA, JS Catch up meeting Stephen Evans, London Development Agency30 May Meeting with Kris KA, JS Catch up meeting Krasnowski, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion31 May FE Principals Pre- KA, JS Regular catch up meeting ahead of the Meeting, Ian Principals’/GLA meeting on 14 June. Ashman, Michelle Cuomo and Andrew Gates, GLA31 May AoCLR Regional AoCLR See Headlines Committee meeting1 June OSG Meeting JS Regular meeting Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012Future meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Agenda7 June Catch up meeting CN Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes13 June AoCLR Finance AoCLR Agenda to be confirmed Directors network meeting13 June The AoC Gold CN Awards followed by a reception at the Awards House of Commons13 June A post 14 Network CN Discussions on the outstanding issues Research and Policy regarding the vocational curriculum in Working Day connection with last year’s Wolf Report14 June Principals’ meeting CN,JS Regular quarterly catch up meeting with Munira Mirza, GLA14 June London Higher CN This event is held at the BMA House Summer Reception15 June Directors’ Strategy CN, JS Regular meeting meeting18 June YPES Board CN Regular meeting Meeting20 June AoC London HE AoCLR The agenda includes the following: coordinators • HE in FE, Caroline Neville, AoC network meeting • HEFCE update, Stephanie Lynch, Higher Education and Policy Advisor • London Colleges HE Collaboration • AoC London HE Coordinators network (tbc)20 June Meeting Diane CN Catch up meeting Gilhooley and Alexandra Worden, EvershedsEvents and Dates for the Diary  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.  Youth in Action EU funded Networking Seminar, Wednesday 13 June 9.30am-4.30pm at Westminster Kingsway College, Victoria Centre, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD. Please email Kirsty Phillips for more information. Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 1 June 2012  AoC Enterprise Summit, Tuesday 19 June 2012, 9.00am – 4.10pm at Dexter House, London. For more information please visit the AoC Events website.  AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting, Wednesday 20 June, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC Offices, London. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.  The College Finance Directors’ Conference and Exhibition, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June 2012, The International Centre, Telford. For more information please visit the AoC Events website.  BCS/AoC National Sports Conference 2012, Thursday 21 and 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 Barclays, 1 Churchill Place. 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 GLA news News from Caroline Pidgeon - Mayor makes a poor start to making Londons roads safer for cyclists Transformed Leicester Square brings new jobs and boost to West End economy Assembly examines Mayor’s transport priorities Olympic Flame set to arrive in UK today HRH the Princess Royal receives Olympic Flame at Athens Ceremony Thousands of Londoners in pole position for jobs at Summer Games BT London Live - Tom Jones on line up of great free events for 2012 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. Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager Evelina Bagusyte Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8