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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin29 June 2012 – Issue 117Dear Colleagues,There have been several themes running through AoC London’s activities over the last twoweeks. Firstly, we have achieved a number of significant milestones in our normal businesscycle. The AoC National Summer reception took place at the House of Commons earlier thisweek at which the AoC publication “On the Right Course” was launched. The Minister JohnHayes both attended and addressed MPs, partner organisations, students and CollegePrincipals and Governors from across the country. The event was well supported by LondonColleges and their MPs. The event was also to welcome the tenure of the new AoC President,Maggie Galliers from Leicester College, who will replace Fiona MacMillan on 1 August 2012.Regionally, AoC London held its Annual General Meeting, quarterly Regional Forum andSummer Reception for London stakeholders and partners, at Barclays, Canary Wharf on 28 June2012.Secondly, there has been a lot of activity around the higher level skills agenda. Higher levelskills is one of our ‘Skills for London: Meeting the Challenge’ priorities being taken forward inconjunction with partners across London. This includes active participation in the LinkingLondon HE in FE Network, both through our regular working meetings and contribution to theLinking London Conference on 2nd July. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skillsalso invited AoC to be present at a working seminar today around two major pieces of workcommissioned by BIS – ‘Expanding and Improving Part time Education’ and ‘UnderstandingHigher Education in Further Education Colleges’. And, reflecting the growing significance ofthe higher level skills agenda for London and, following an inaugural meeting on 20th Junehere at Stedham Place, it has been agreed with participating Colleges that AoC London willsupport its own HE network for London Colleges.Thirdly, as you will know, this has been a fantastic time for celebration and congratulations formany of our member colleges.Best wishesCaroline NevilleAoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting on Wednesday 20 JuneFollowing a call out to Vice-Principals and HE Co-ordinators AoC London held the first HEmeeting here at Stedham Place last week. Nick Davy, AoC National HE Manager presented tothe group, giving a full and up to the minute appraisal of where the HE reforms have got to sofar, what is coming up in the near future and the implications for Colleges. HEFCE alsoprovided AoC London with a short written update for members (please email Evelina Bagusytefor a copy of Nick Davy’s presentation and HEFCE briefing).Colleges also had some time to share specific opportunities and challenges around the HEagenda, and this will inform future topics and agenda for the network. All those present couldsee value in an AoC London HE network being developed and following an invitation to the
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012group for nominations, I can confirm that Lyndon Sly, Head of Higher Education Developmentand the Deputy Director of Faculty in Arts, Business, Humanities and Leisure at City ofWestminster College has kindly agreed to chair the group. Our thanks to City of WestminsterCollege for supporting the new London Network. We will now work on planning futureagendas and activities so please watch this space.AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party on Thursday 28 June 2012As mentioned in our introduction, our Annual General Meeting, Regional Forum and SummerReception was kindly hosted by Barclays on Thursday 28 June 2012.Papers for the AGM were circulated to all London Principals and Chairs of Governors; if youare interested in copies of these papers please contact our office.Members agreed the previous years’ minutes and received an additional verbal report relatingto the Region’s work over the last year. The Budget for the forthcoming year was ratified, aswas the Regional Committee Election results detailed in the paper. The dates for futuremeetings were also circulated. If there are any particular dates that make it difficult for you toattend our Regional Forums, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate asmany of you as possible.Likewise, we would also like to hear from you on suggestions for future Principals andRegional Forums. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team with your ideas.The Regional Forum theme this year was Ofsted and Excellent Governance. Members listenedto presentations from Matthew Coffey, Ofsted, National Director, Learning and Skills, ProfessorMartin Earwicker, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, London South Bank University andChair of Tower Hamlets College and Claire Clarke, Partner for Mills & Reeve LLP. Copies ofthe Presentations are attached to this bulletin. There was time for a question and answer sessionand Members were able to highlight a few issues with Matthew Coffey directly.AoC London Region also launched its annual publication “What you need to know”. Thispublication contains useful statistics and information on London Colleges. It is a valuableresource for Colleges to promote their activities to external stakeholders. If you would like toreceive some copies please let us know.The Summer Reception in the Greenwich Room on Floor 31 of Barclays’ offices in CanaryWharf gave AoC Members the opportunity to network with colleagues and other stakeholders,enjoying drinks and canapés and taking in spectacular views of London. We are, as ever, verygrateful to Barclays for their sponsorship and hospitality.Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and make it such as successful event.UPCOMING EVENTSA key event to flag up for next week is the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan event on Wednesday 4July at Park Plaza Victoria Local hotel organised by Skills Funding Agency and Student Loancompany. The draft Agenda is attached to the Bulletin. Page 2 of 10
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012AoC/LSIS/Eversheds Governors Event Thursday 19 July 2012Following on from the AoC Governance Summit, and the LSIS Annual Governance Conferenceearlier this year, AoC London are pleased to confirm that we will be facilitating a Governorsevent on Thursday 19 July, with arrival from 5pm with refreshments, officially startingbusiness at 5.30pm. Eversheds will be hosting from their offices at 1 Wood Street, London,EC2V 7VS.This Regional Session is intended for Chairs, Governors, Principals (as Governors), and Clerksto help them to engage with the opportunities and challenges arising from the new freedomsand flexibilities available to Corporations.This meeting will be led by your agenda, supported by catalysts for discussion. You are askedto bring the topics or questions that are emerging from your Governing Body in relation to NewChallenges, New Chances.There will be speakers from BIS and the Skills Funding Agency on policy developments;Eversheds will provide an extensive presentation on the legal framework and there will be acase study from Reading College on the Emerging Governance Models, facilitated by MikeSnell, LSIS Associate.If you require further information please contact Judith Smyth. Please register your attendanceby emailing: your part in the UK’s biggest national careers and skills event!This new skills event will be hosted at the NEC Birmingham between 15-17 November 2012 andaim’s to bring together some of the biggest names in skills and careers, all under one roof.The event will host a wealth of skills activities -Have a Go, National Skills Competitions,Spotlight sessions, Showcase line-ups, plus Conferences and Exhibitions. Visitors will also haveaccess to top employers, colleges, universities, Sector Skills Councils, training providers andspecialist careers and Apprenticeship advice.To book a stand or to find out more, please contact Paul Carter at Prospects Services Ltd on01823 362800 or email Afternoon Information SessionsYou are kindly invited to attend one of the Open Afternoon Information Sessions. This is aninformal setting where you can meet the team (sales, marketing or operations) and ask specificquestions you may have about getting involved. At the same time you will be assisted withideas to ensure the great return on investment.Afternoon tea is provided and there is the chance to view photos and video clips to bring theevent to life. Please join anytime between 2pm and 4pm. • London, Tuesday 17 July, 2pm-4pm –Thistle Hotel Westminster, Buckingham Palace Road (nearest tube – Victoria) • Birmingham, Thursday 12 July, 2pm-4pm – Hotel du Vin, Church Street, Birmingham City Centre Page 3 of 10
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012For more information or to register your attendance please contact Paul Carter on 01823 362800.Colleges Week 2012 – 11-18 November 2012We would like to remind you that Colleges Week 2012 is on 11-18 November 2012. It exists tohelp raise awareness and approval of the work of Colleges among unfamiliar audiences.For more information please contact Ben Verinder, AoC Communications Director.Olympic and Paralympic games updateOlympic flame makes tutor shineIT instructor has a special day after running in Glasgow with the Olympic flame. Thanks to hiswork training local residents, including unemployed ex-offenders, a Newham College ITinstructor carried the Olympic flame through Glasgow recently.Andre Bloem, 31, who works at the college’s Learning Line centre in East Ham, had ‘a fantasticexperience’ at 8am on 9 June over the two minutes it took to run 300 metres for the city’s lasttorch bearing leg. Andre spent the night before in Glasgow to ensure he was at the meeting point by 5am to receive his instructions. He then shared the Olympic bus with 21 others to get to his starting point and began his leg by lighting his torch with the previous runner’s flame. When he finished, a security team preserved the flame by lighting a Davy lamp with his torch for the next run outside Glasgow. He said: "The whole thing was a fantastic and very humbling experience. When I finished, there were people who wanted to take photos with me and the torch. They also asked questions about where I was from and how I became a torch bearer. There were also many other torch bearers on the day who had inspiring stories to tell.” Andre’s wife Kate and her mother Judi also travelled up to Glasgow to support him. They were very impressed by the warm welcome of the local residents who lined the streets, cheering and waving flags as Andre went past with the torch.Newham FE College picture‘My wife and parents have told me that they’re very proud of me. And I’ve been getting textsfrom people in South Africa, which is where I’m originally from.’ Andre was selected by thegames organisers, LOCOG and nominated by the Cisco Networking Academy because of hiswork providing industry-standard training in the five Olympic London boroughs. Andre trainssecondary school teachers in teaching pupils professional IT skills and also supportsunemployed ex-offenders with their studies and into sustainable jobs. Page 4 of 10
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012He said: ‘I definitely feel that the work I’m doing is contributing to the Olympic legacy.’ Andrewill be part of a special Flame Day celebration put on by Newham College when the torchpasses through East Ham on 21 July.OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESCollege staff and governors recognised in Queens Birthday Honours 2012: Congratulations!Martin Doel, Association of Colleges Chief Executive, said: ‘Our heartiest congratulations tothose College staff and governors, past and present, who have been recognised in the QueensBirthday Honours list. It is exciting to see so many inspirational figures from the sector beingrewarded in this Jubilee year, and encouraging to consider how well this reflects on the positivecontribution of Colleges to life in the UK.’Knights Batchelor – Peter Birkett, Chief executive, Barnfield CollegeCBE – Maxine Room, Principal, Lewisham CollegeOBE – Dr Alison Jane Birkinshaw, Principal, York College and Chair, Further Education Reputation Strategy Group Patricia Denham, Vice Principal and Deputy CEO, South Devon College David Lawrence, Principal, Easton College Christopher Morecroft, former AoC President and former Principal, Worcester College of Technology Michael Oakes, former Principal, South Downs CollegeMBE – Patricia Irene Barrett, Governor, Bedford College Keith Brandwood, Lecturer, Blackburn College Glyn Catley, Governor, Coleg Llandrillo Janet Alison Croney, Faculty Director, Richmond Adult Community College Kay Foggon, Lecturer, Newcastle College Jean Liddell, Access and Support Officer, South Eastern Regional College Ian Shaw, former Chair of Governors, Lincoln College Manju Tank, Teacher, Tauntons College Doreen White, Social Area Supervisor, Franklin Sixth Form CollegeBEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire) – Jean Marsden, Admissions and Reception Services manager, John Ruskin College Cynthia Crossley, Estates Operations Team Leader, Riverside College Marilynn Carole McGee, Caretaker, Prior Pursglove College Barry Ryan, former Caretaker, Walford and North Shropshire College Sobhag Shah, Head Caretaker, Richmond upon Thames College Page 5 of 10
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012Hackney Community College awarded for Celebrating Opportunities of 2012Hackney Community College (HCC) has picked up another London Education PartnershipAward. This year it’s for raising aspirations through the celebrations of Britain’s 2012 events. The award was presented to the College by Oona King (Baroness King of Bow). She commented that the judges were particularly impressed by the College’s work to create job opportunities for students through partnerships – including apprenticeships on the Olympic Park. Further, that HCC has embraced the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games throughout College life. Read more about the award.Hackney Community College’s pictureCollege apprentice becomes ambassador for SME apprenticesCollege of Haringey, Enfield and North East London Marketing Apprentice, Amy Greene, wasselected to meet London Mayor, Boris Johnson when he visited Coreco (30 May), anindependent mortgage brokerage to find out more about apprenticeships.The Mayor spoke to Amy and her colleagues at Coreco about the great role SME businesseshave in supporting apprenticeships and paid tribute to Managing Director, Rory Hardy for hisenthusiasm for the programme and his real support for the Apprenticeships. The Mayor said: ‘Londons small and medium sized employers are the backbone of the economy and critical to creating jobs and powering us out of recession. In the last 18 months they have really stepped up to the plate, delivering thousands of new apprenticeships across the city. However, there are many more still out there who are yet to benefit from this win-win situation and I urge them to find out about the financial support available and commit to taking on an apprentice.’College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London pictureAmy, 19 from Cheshunt, said ‘I tried university and it didn’t work for me. I am now doing anapprenticeship instead which I enjoy a lot more and feel like I am actually learning whilstworking. It is one of the best decisions I have made and I benefit from the support from Corecoand the College.’ Head of School, Darren Leftwich, said: ‘The Apprenticeship Programme isvery important to us and working with forward thinking businesses like Coreco helps usachieve success for the business, College and for Amy.’To help small firms to take on an apprentice, the Mayor secured £6m from the government toofficer a cash incentive of £1,500 available from the National Apprenticeship Service. Inaddition, firms can receive up to 100 per cent funding towards their training costs. Page 6 of 10
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012In London, small and medium sized companies are already responsible for the majority of the63,700 opportunities that have been created since 2010. The Mayor has set a target to deliver100,000 apprenticeships by the end of this year.Recent meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Feedback18 June London Councils: CN The Agenda included: Young Peoples • Policy Update – For Decision Education and Skills • Vision and Strategy – Priority Setting (YPES) Board • Special educational needs and disability meeting Green Paper • Further Education – new challenges, new chances • YPES Evaluation and Learner Voice London20 June AoC London HE AoCLR The Agenda included the following: coordinators network • HE in FE, Caroline Neville, AoC meeting • HEFCE update • London Colleges HE Collaboration • AoC HE Policy Update, Nick Davy20 June Meeting Diane CN, JS Catch up meeting Gilhooley, Eversheds20 June Barking and CN, JS Cathy Walsh, Principal, hosting a Gala Dinner to Dagenham College, celebrate the College’s 50th birthday. 50th Birthday Gala Dinner22 June AoC London JS The Agenda included the following: Marketing • Marketing Managers’ Network events Committee meeting • AoC National update • update • Skills Show/Prospects presentation25 June AoC Summer CN, JS Reception at the House of Commons, hosted Reception by Stephen Lloyd MP27 June HE in FE: Partner CN The Agenda included the following: Perspectives, Linking • Update on the UK Quality code, J. Bohrer, London Assistant director, QAA • AoC update, Nick Davy27 June AoC Create CN Catch up meeting Directorate KIT27 June Meeting Sue Betts, CN Catch up meeting Linking London28 June Meeting with David CN College visit: Barnet and Southgate College Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College28 June AGM, Regional AoCLR The Agendas included the following: Forum and Summer • Annual Report Party • Regional Committee Election Page 7 of 10
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012 • Ofsted: Guidelines on the new inspection framework and Excellent Governance in the Colleges 29 June AoCLR CIS/MIS EB The Agenda included: managers network • Education Cloud project meeting • Update from the Information Authority 29 June NAMSS Regional JS The Agenda included updates from: meeting • Martyn Wilkinson, EMQC Ltd - New Matrix Standards • Chris Rowe, Navigational Learning • Graham Robb and Malcolm Whitelaw, YJB/AoC • Ryan McCann – Talent Job Brokerage • Feedback from National NAMSS Regional Forum 29 June HE Seminar – HE in CN The Agenda included the following topics: FE colleges and • ‘HE in FE colleges’ presentation Expanding & • ‘Expanding and Improving part-time HE’ Improving part-time presentation HE presentationsFuture meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 2 July Linking London 6th CN The Agenda includes: Annual Conference: • Better marketing equals better recruitment, Students should be Hannah Skeggs, David Lane at the heart of the • Information, Advice and Guidance: system. Reality or Understanding and advising on progression, myth? Kieron Broadhead • Higher Education in Further Education, Nick Davy, Ian Sterling • Higher Vocational Education, Caroline Neville • Widening participation and fair access, Victoria Waite, Tony Hudson 3 July London Strategic JS The Agenda includes: Migration • English language and routes to employment Partnership analysis. Tim Riley, CESI and James Lee, GLA • Creating English language learning opportunities – feasibility study. James Lee, GLA 4 July Skills Funding CN The Agenda includes: Agency/Student • Policy Introduction and Overview Loan Company • Learner Journey event • Operating Model (Information, Advice and Guidance and Course Offer, Application and Application Assessment, Learner Starts and Page 8 of 10
  9. 9. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012 Confirmation of Learning, Payment, Changes of Circumstance, Repayment • Allocation Methodology and Budget Management • Discussions in groups 6 July GLA workshop on JS The Agenda includes: Discussion groups – Lifetime • Strong civic and social networks; Neighborhoods • Well connected and walkable communities • Thriving local economies. 9 July Meeting with CN College visit: South Thames College Godfrey Allen, Chair and Sue Rimmer, Principal of South Thames College 10 July Market Maker 2012 EB Details of the event to be confirmed Launch: Lewisham College event 10 July AoC/Youth Justice JS The Agenda includes: Board Protocol Update on progress of the 3 work streams on Working Group Protocol, Risk and Communications regarding developing a YOT/College protocol. 11 July City and Islington JS, EB It is a launch event to celebrate the opening of the College Alumni and College’s alumni service and former students’ Friends Event achievements.Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC/LSIS/Eversheds Governors Event, Wednesday 19 July 2012. For more information regarding the venue and Agenda please contact Judith Smyth. • AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012, Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 November, The ICC, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Events website.Policy and other documents GLA news Stunning Olympic Rings on Tower Bridge mark final countdown to 2012 Games Assembly calls for ban on high calorie Olympic sponsorship Mayor of London Presents…A Summer Like No Other! Assembly launches investigation into cyclist safety in London Page 9 of 10
  10. 10. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 29 June 2012If 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 Bagusyte Cyheme BiloutaRegional Co-ordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 10 of 10