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AoC London Region Members' Bulletin 91


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AoC London Region Members' Bulletin 91

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin25 March 2011 Issue 91Feedback from Thursday 17 March Principals’ ForumAnother successful Principals’ Forum took place on Thursday 17 March from 12.30-3pm atHackney Community College. The Forum covered two main topics: Developing a CommunityScorecard for London and ESOL. For the first topic, Maggie Galliers, Principal of LeicesterCollege, talked about her College’s experience in developing a Community Scorecard. AoCCreate are working with the LDA to develop the idea of a Community Scorecard for London.The outcomes of this project will be circulated in the near future.For the second topic, Julian Gravatt shared an update on ESOL and funding allocations forLondon Colleges. The meeting, which included Heads of ESOL as well as Principals, discussedhow London Colleges should respond to the funding changes. In addition, AoC National arehosting an ESOL Summit today, on Friday 25 March 2011. Principals and Heads of ESOL wereinvited to attend. Further information will be circulated after the meeting.If you require copies of the presentations by Maggie or Julian please contact the office.Feedback from AoC London Region Marketing Committee meetingFor those of you who don’t know the Marketing Committee is sub-committee of the AoCLondon Regional Committee, which meets regularly throughout the year to discuss prioritiesfor marketing London Colleges. The Committee met on Wednesday 23 March and confirmedthat the next Marketing Managers’ Network meeting will be on Wednesday 25 May 2011 as ahalf day morning event. The theme for this event will be: “How to get your message out forfree” and the AoC London team are currently seeking and booking speakers for this event,more information will be sent out shortly. If you are a Marketing Manager and you would liketo attend this event and join the network please contact the AoC London team.At the meeting on Wednesday the Committee also discussed the London Colleges website andit’s current re-vamp, which will be launched prior to the Marketing Managers’ networkmeeting in May. The Marketing Committee also received a WorldSkills update from ValChiesa, AoC WorldSkills Project Director, a full update can be read in the section below.
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011WorldSkills London 2011Update on London Colleges’ Involvement in WorldSkills London 2011ShowcasingLondon Colleges have responded magnificently to the call for showcasing activities to supportthe event and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on 4 and 9 October. Rachel Malic, theWSL2011 Events Manager for Showcasing, is delighted. ‘Two days before the closing date, wehad had a very disappointing response, but then the floodgates opened and we now have 182completed applications for the panels to consider. 41 of these are from London, so many thanksfor all your enthusiasm and support.’A London showcasing panel will review all the applications and the successful ones will besubmitted to the national panel chaired by Rob Wye from LSIS on 21 April. Organisations willbe notified in early May if they have been chosen to showcase.Other Opportunities at the Event‘Have a Go’ : the closing date to apply to run one of the ‘Have a Go’ areas at the Event is 31March. These are being offered in each of the 46 skills areas by a variety of organisations,including colleges. If you think your college could provide one of these, please contact FranHubbard to find out more about it: fhubbard@worldskillslondon2011.comExhibition Space: following on from the information given in the last bulletin about costs forexhibiting (from £3285 + VAT for 4 days), the AoC London Marketing Committee discussedhow London Colleges might take a joint approach to exhibiting. 150,000 visitors are expectedover the four days, so this is an ideal opportunity to promote your college offer. The NationalApprenticeships Service, together with Information and Advice services, will also be talking tovisitors and encouraging them to find out about training opportunities.If you are interested in exhibiting with other colleges, please contact AoC London Region. Formore detailed information about costs or space available at ExCel, please contact Simon, Aliceor Jen from Prospects on 01823 362800.Volunteering: Julia Bowditch is leading on volunteering for WSL2011. There is a range ofvolunteering activity for both staff and students that can offer different types of workexperience over the period 5-8 October. Applications should be made by the end of April andthere is information available on: Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011Workshop Supervisors: we put out a call to college staff in the last bulletin to supervise at theCompetition. There has been some response to this but there are still gaps in the followingareas: Creative Modelling Offset Printing Car Painting CNC MillingIf you are interested and think this might contribute to your personal and professionaldevelopment (as well as giving you experience of competitions at the highest internationallevel) please contact Andy Murfitt at WSL2011 for an application pack and TechnicalDescription. ( or 0207 429 2818).Have a Go: in your college outside the event‘Have a Go’ activities should give people a bite-size taster of a new skill, trade or profession toinspire them to learn and enrol on courses or take up an Apprenticeship. Why not badgeactivities you have planned for recruitment or parents’ evenings with the WorldSkills logo tolink it to the Event? These can be in any skills area relevant to the courses you offer, not justthose covered by skills competitions. Information about resources and a pack are available Skills Funding Agency will be supporting these local activities with some additionalfunding. We will include details about this funding and how to access it as soon as they areavailable. In the meantime, start thinking about how your college might link into the ‘Have aGo’ campaign.Evaluation of the functional skills pilot summative reportWe are very pleased to be able to inform you that the summative report from the functionalskills pilot has been approved by ministers for publication. The report presents an interestingand informative account of the many years of trialing and piloting that have taken place andpays tribute to those who took part.The report is available on the QCDA website via the following link Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 Learn London– the Adult Learners’ Week Special Precision Press is currently putting together the latest edition of Learn London– the Adult Learners’ Week Special within Time Out London magazine, due out on the 4 May. Please find attached a pdf of the media pack which outlines the editorial direction. If you would like to advertise in this great publication, which has a very wide circulation across London, or if you have any stories concerning Adult Learners Week, or are part of large events which will run during the week, please contact James Elland at Precision Press. Alternatively you can contact James on 02079249196.Student Success Story of the Fortnight Kingston College Students Selected for the British College Sport National Championships A group of Kingston College students have been selected to represent the South East Region at the British College Sport National Championships next month. The championships are a prestigious event and being selected to represent the region is a huge achievement. The event will be held at Bath University from April 8 until April 10 and Kingston College will be representing the South East region at men’s and ladies’ football, mixed doubles tennis and men’s and women’s elite trampoline. College Principal, Peter Mayhew-Smith, says: “Kingston College’s sport provision goes from strength to strength and we are intensely proud of our brilliant students and the great staff behind them. We can’t wait to hear the results and hope there’ll be much to celebrate when the competition happens.” The team includes Kyle Merson, Ben Nicholson, Bradley Murray, Sam Bates, Dominic OGun, Arron Western, Liam Devine, Chan Quan who all play for the men’s football team; Stephanie Anes, Chloe Burr, Zoe Fisher, Chloe Howe, Victoria Petrova, Emily Sleeman, Hayley Williams and Louise Cheng for women’s football; Beth Anne Lumb, Jenise Huxtable Perrin, Melissa Soden, Emma Britton for women’s trampoline; Ashley Noble, men’s trampoline, and Tom Miles and Christa Gecheva in mixed doubles tennis. Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011Recent meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Outcome 17 March Mary Vine-Morris, KA Regular one to one meeting London Councils: Young People’s Education and Skills (formerly RPG) 17 March Principals Forum KA, JS See headline. 18 March Operational Sub- JS Agenda included: feedback from RPG Group of London Board on 14 February; YPLA 2011/12 Councils: Young Allocation Update; discussion on the People’s Education Wolf Report; Terms of Reference for the and Skills group; RPG work plan monitoring; (formerly known Update on WorldSkills London 2011; as Regional 14-19 Leads Conference 8 April 2011. Planning Group.) 18 March 2011. 23 March AoCLR marketing JS, RB See headline. committee meetingFuture meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 28 March Meeting with KA, Chris Madeline Hall and Steve Dowbiggin are Madeline Hall and Walden, attending a briefing with Chris Walden Steve Dowbiggin Madeline and Kate Anderson prior to a ministerial Hall, Steve visit. Dowbiggin 28 March Jane Glanville, KA, JG Regular one to one London Higher 29 March Stephen Evans, KA Regular one to one Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011 LDA29 March Hackney Colleges’ JS Celebrating Hackney Community Beacon Award College’s Beacon Award for widening ceremony participation in education.30 March Business JS Agenda includes policy updates and Development discussion of: managers’ network meeting DWP Skills Strategy Other funding Update on the Wolf review31 March City & Guilds KA, RB One to one meeting with John Lockwood from City & Guilds.5 April London Councils - KA The meeting will look at skills, the recent Heads of policy changes and their impact on regeneration London boroughs. meeting5 April National JS This AoC National Principals Policy Principals’ Policy Forum will take place at Walsall College, Forum West Midlands from 9am -1pm followed by lunch. There will also be an induction session for new Principals after the lunch break. The session will take place between 1.45pm and 3pm; you will need to register a place by emailing: Further information on the programme will be on the AoC website shortly.5 April Student Award JS City and Islington College’s Student Ceremony at City Awards Ceremony 2011 will be held on and Islington the evening of Tuesday, 5 April, and will College this year feature a keynote speech from Lord Bill Morris (former General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union). Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 20116 April Head of student AoCLR team The head of student services meeting is to services meeting discuss some principles for how to apply Re: new Learner the new Learner Support Funds that will Support Fund partially replace the EMA.7 April London First KA, Mark Regular catch up Hilton7 April Regional AoCLR team Papers are being finalised CommitteeEvents and Dates for the Diary  Business Development Managers’ network meeting: Wednesday 30 March, Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge. For more details, please contact Judith Smyth.  Sustainable & Social Procurement: Thursday 31 March, Dexter House, London. For further information or to book online please visit:  Embedding Equality & Diversity within Curriculum Planning and Teaching & Learning: Tuesday 5 April, London. For further information or to book online please visit:  Employer Responsive - Improving the Quality of Apprenticeship Provision in Colleges: Thursday 14 April, London (venue tbc). For further information or to book online please visit:  Linking London Annual Conference 2011: Thursday 5 May 2011 9.30am - 3.00pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. For more information and to register please go to, you will find a draft agenda at the bottom of this page  AoC International Conference: Thursday 12 May, 10am-4.30pm, CBI conference centre, London. For further information or to book online visit the registration website:  Vice-Principal Curriculum & Quality network meeting: Monday 16 May, AoC offices, Stedham Place. For more details, please contact Rebecca Breen.  Heads of Sport network meeting: Tuesday 24 May, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more details, please contact Rebecca Breen. Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 11 March 2011  Innovative approaches to skills: An AoC and ALP collaboration: Tuesday 24 May, 9am- 4pm, London (venue tbc), For further information or to book online please visit the website and other documentsThe Intelligence e-Group DespatchIf you would like to view the latest issues of the Intelligence e-Group Despatch please followthis link. The Despatch is produced by Mike Cooper, from Education Development whichworks in partnership with AOSEC, LSC South East, LSN and City & Guilds Institute/Centre forSkills Development to provide a regular free electronic newsletter updating colleagues on latestdevelopments in post-compulsory learning and skills and much more. For your freesubscription to the Intelligence e-Group Despatch, e-mail Mike Cooper, giving brief details ofyour organisation and role.GLA newsGive jobs to young offenders Mayor urges construction industryOlympic legacy questions at City HallMayor announces £70m+ green fund ‘open for business’Pop star, rock god, acoustic artist, or classical prodigy? Hunt on for Young Busker of the YearLondon’s Royal Docks to become one of country’s largest Enterprise ZonesMayor calls for community spirited champions for each boroughWhat are 2012 bosses doing to get low-skilled and unemployed Londoners working at theGames?If 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 Rebecca Breen.Kate Anderson Judith SmythRegional Director Executive Breen Cyheme BiloutaRegional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8