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Bulletin Issue 84

  1. 1. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin – 3 December 2010 Headlines... AoC London Region events 7 January – Regional College/Provider Briefing at Westminster Kingsway College Click here for more information and to register. This will be followed by a session for London Principals to consider the implications for their Colleges. The meeting will also take place at Westminster Kingsway College, Kings Cross Campus from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. If you would like to attend the afternoon session please email aoclondonregionevents@aoc.co.uk to register a place. Principals’ Forum - 18 January 2011 Another date for the diary: Date: Tuesday 18 January 2011 Times: 4.15-4.30 pm Refreshments 4.30 -6.00 pm Principals’ Forum Agenda: o The future shape of provision in London o AoC/RCU MiDES service o Update on regional BIS-funded efficiency projects Please let the AOCLR office know if you are able to attend the Principals’ forum. The venue and speakers are still being confirmed and more information will be sent out shortly. Proposed joint letter to The Times on EMAs The ending of EMAs is a big issue for London Colleges. AoC is seeking to have a letter published in The Times, co-signed with trade unions and school representative organisations, setting out clear arguments about the adverse impact ending the EMA will have on learner participation. Please contact Chris Walden if you would like advice on how best to raise this with your local MP/MPs. In addition, please see today’s Chief Executive’s letter for information about what AoC is doing on EMAs. ESOL meeting Please see today’s Chief Executive’s letter for an invitation to a meeting about ESOL on 16 December.
  2. 2. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 Colleges’ meeting on Anti-Violence/Student Safety Paul Head hosted a meeting on Monday 29 November of colleagues from London Colleges that are interested in sharing good practice and taking forward this issue. Diane Newton from the GLA attended too. It was agreed that a major step forward would be the compilation of a checklist of good practice in College/Borough Intelligence Unit relationships and communications that all Colleges could use with their local police contacts. Kate Anderson will arrange a meeting with Pam Chesters (GLA) and Graham Robb (YJB) to talk about how this could be achieved and about the positive contribution Colleges can make to this agenda. AoCLR and London Higher meeting Ian Ashman and Kate Anderson met Malcolm Gillies, Vice Chancellor at London Metropolitan University and Chair of London Higher, and Jane Glanville, CEO of London Higher, on Tuesday 30 November to discuss issues of mutual interest. It was agreed to keep in touch and to meet again in the spring to review how things were developing. RPG update Kate Anderson attended the most recent RPG meeting on 22 November as an Observer. AoC nominees Frank McLoughlin and Jane Overbury attended as did AoC/NATPSEC nominee Caroline Allen. The key item on the agenda was the review of the RPG. John Freeman (consultant) presented a report that concluded there was a continuing role for the RPG and made a number of recommendations. The Group’s future will be dependent on the decision of the Leaders’ Committee which is due to meet on 14 December. Verbal feedback will be provided by KA at the Regional Committee and a brief note of the key points discussed will be placed on the AoCLR website. The next RPG meeting takes place on 14 February 2011. Principals are advised to contact AoC nominees on the group (Caroline Allen, Frank McLoughlin and Jane Overbury) and/or Kate Anderson if they have particular points they wish to raise in connection with the RPG. WorldSkills Update World Skills UK Competitions: Autobody Repair Automobile Technology Car Painting The last date for entries and completion of the Stage One online test is 31 December 2010 www.skillauto.co.uk If you are successful in these competitions your student could become the person who will represent the UK in Leipzig 2013.
  3. 3. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 If you require any further information please let Rebecca Breen know. Regional World Skills UK Champion Caring There is still an opportunity for additional students/apprentices to join the Short-Listing process for SQUAD SELECTION which could lead to TEAM SELECTION representing the UK at World Skills London 2011. The entry criteria is for those who are nearing the end of study for or have recently completed an S/ NVQ Level 3 and who are more than capable of progressing further. There is an upper age limit of 22. Point of Contact at UK Skills - Adanna Shallowe – International Competition Executive adannash@ukskillsorg.uk LSIS Strategic Supper 22 November LSIS Council member Sue Rimmer hosted a successful supper at Westminster Kingsway College for 8 London Principals. LSIS colleagues including Dame Ruth Silver, David Collins and Abi Lammas, LSIS Regional Development Manager, attended as did Kate Anderson and Judith Smyth of AoC London Region. The aim of the event was to take Principals’ views on how to make LSIS a sector-led organisation. Abi Lammas is organising an event in early January which will seek to take this discussion forward. Have your alumni achieved success and recognition? Did a well-respected actor attend your College? A successful businessperson? Critically- acclaimed chef? The AoC Gold Awards are presented to up to six people each year who have attended College and who have since gone on to achieve recognition in their chosen field or professions. We are now inviting nominations for the 2011 AoC Gold Awards so why not nominate your alumni? The AoC Gold Awards section of the website also has further details of the Awards. To nominate your alumni, please complete a nomination form and return to the AoC Charitable Trust by Friday 17 December 2010. The winners will be presented with their Awards at a ceremony to be held at the House of Commons on 8 June 2011. Please mention this date to your nominee when you contact them to inform them of their nomination. Submit your College News Stories online You are now able to submit your own College News Stories to the London Colleges website where they will feature in the news section on the home page. AoC London Region will be able to read the stories and include in the ‘Student Success Story of the Fortnight’ section below. So please let us know what’s going on in your College: http://www.londoncolleges.com/en/aoc-london/submit-news.cfm
  4. 4. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 Student Success Story of the Fortnight College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London entrepreneurs scoop award for Business Enterprise Week Nine students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London returned triumphant last week with an award for ‘The Best Business Enterprise Idea for London Schools and Colleges 2010’. The group of students entered the awards, run by the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Central London Branch as an initiative for Business Enterprise Week. The College students beat off stiff competition with their prototype of a photoframe, which allows viewers to see a specially treated photograph from both sides of the frame. Known as C’ Fru the students have created a variety of the frameless frames which allow customers to see their pictures from either side. The judges, comprising IoD Chartered Directors and Members, and Angels Den, a leading Angel investment network were wowed by the students’ attractively presented prototype. As well as being impressed with the innovative product, which Angels Den is interested in presenting to its investors, they were also impressed with the highly professional business plan, excellent attention to corporate image for themselves and their product - and a great attitude towards team working. The nine students, each in their second year, Azarah Francis-Nelson, Nassima Bouchelkia, Chi Trinh, Andreea Cretu, Francine McArthur, Wisdom Anderson, Cynthia Lukuni and Elcya Lounguegue and Kane Walker, are all studying Business BTEC Diploma Level 3, which is equivalent to studying three A Levels. Consultants Ian Shipman, Regional Director for London and South East Angels Den and Umesh Mistry from the Mayor’s Consultancy were on hand to offer expert coaching and advice to the students on the day. The prizewinner’s cup was presented by David Storrie, Rotary in London’s District Governor and will be engraved with the College’s name. Recent meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 22 Nov Visit to Barking & KA, Cathy Meeting with Principal and visit to Dagenham College Walsh College 22 Nov RPG meeting at KA The agenda included: London Councils Spending Review and recent developments Review of role of RPG LLDD Regional Proposals
  5. 5. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 RPG Indicative Budget Proposal 2011/12 22 Nov LSIS Strategic KA,JS Strategic supper with Dame Ruth Silver, Supper David Collins and Caroline Mager of LSIS and several London Principals 23 Nov Philippa Langton KA SFA and WorldSkills London 2011 and Laurence Basco, meeting SFA 23 Nov Mike Pettifer, YPLA KA Regular one to one 23 Nov LDA Observer KA Induction meeting with Helen Elderfield, Induction [in the Head of Law and Governance, LDA event that Ian Ashman cannot attend LDA meetings] 23 Nov NIACE Adult JS The agenda included: Learning Meeting Overview of the CSR and discussion on its implications for adult learning, from Steve Besley, Head of Policy, Pearson Education International; BBC new Learning Strategy and update. 29 Nov Colleges Student Paul Head, Meeting of College representatives hosted Safety Meeting, KA, JS by Paul Head to identify Colleges’ College of Haringey, contribution to initiatives led by the GLA Enfield and North and Metropolitan Police East London 29 Nov Vice-Principal KA,JS,RB,SS The agenda included: Curriculum & Policy update from Debbie Quality Network Ribchester, AoC Curriculum Manager. Issues for consideration around admissions for those involved with HE in FE Self Assessment Reports using the new Ofsted CIF – sharing practice National Training Awards and WorldSkills London 2011 update Update on AoC/Colleges’ work on gangs/safer learning/anti- violence Big Bang Science Fair at the Excel Centre, March 2011 30 Nov London Higher Ian Ashman, Lunch meeting with Prof Malcolm Gillies KA and Jane Glanville to discuss issues of common interest. 30 Nov John Lockwood, KA Introductory meeting City & Guilds
  6. 6. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 Future meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 06 Dec Visit to Havering KA Meeting with Noel Otley and Maria College Thompson 07 Dec Abi Lammas, LSIS KA Regular one to one 07 Dec Vic Grimes, NAS KA Regular one to one 07 Dec Derek Browne, KA To explore whether EiA may offer Entrepreneurs in services that would be useful to London Action Colleges 09 Dec Regional Committee KA, JS, RB,SS The agenda includes discussion items: Meeting Planning and funding in London with Mike Pettifer (YPLA), Mary Vine-Morris (RPG), Philippa Langton (SFA) and Vic Grimes (NAS) contributing to the discussion. A presentation from Julian Gravatt (AoC) and Chris Walden (AOC) on CSR and the implications for Colleges. WorldSkills London 2011 Presentation by Philippa Langton and Laurence Basco The committee will also receive updates from: AoCLR, Podium, Governors Council, and the AoC Board. 13 Dec MPs and London Chris Reception to celebrate the contribution of Principals Event Morecroft, London’s 52 Further Education, Sixth Martin Doel, Form and Specialist Colleges to the lives Chris of Londoners and the success of our city’s Walden, KA, economy JS, RB, SS 14 Dec Marketing JS Theme is Communications in Managers’ Network Challenging Times, with speakers from meeting Hackney Council, UEL and AoC; plus an LSIS workshop and a presentation from World Skills. 16 Dec Vicki Davies, KA To discuss how London Colleges might London Skills & use the information offered by the Employment Observatory Observatory 16 Dec WorldSkills London KA Standing items include: 2011 London Brief update on overall ‘event’ and Management Group ‘Team’ progress meeting Review London Programme of Work
  7. 7. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 Report from each partner on month’s activity Risks / Issues 16 Dec Stephen Evans, LDA KA Regular one to one Events and Dates for the Diary  London MPs’ Principals’ and stakeholders’ reception: 13 December, House of Commons. If you haven’t already written to your local MP/MPs to invite her/him/them, please contact Rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk.  London Region Post-14 Network conference: Qualifications and Curriculum: Wednesday 15th December, 9.30am – 3.40pm, Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, University of London. If you would like to attend please email to Richard Bull r.bull@ioe.ac.uk.  Are you QCF Ready? A Guidance and Information Conference for Colleges, Wednesday 19 January 2010. Woburn House Conference Centre, London. Details can be found at: https://www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/qcf2011  Countdown to the Games: The definitive conference about London 2012 for Further and Higher Education. Podium Conference and Exhibition, Tuesday 8th February 2011, ExCel Centre, London. For more information visit: www.podium.ac.uk/conferences  Improving Public Information in FE Event: Tuesday 1 March, Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square Campus, London. For more information click here.  AoC College Pensions Conference: 15 March 2011 at the CBI Centre, London. Details and registration can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/pensions2011. There is an early bird discount for AoC members until the 17 December of 20% Policy and other documents The Intelligence e-Group Despatch If you would like to view the latest issues of the Intelligence e-Group Despatch please follow this link. The Despatch is produced by Mike Cooper, from Education Development which works in partnership with AOSEC, LSC South East, LSN and City & Guilds Institute/Centre for Skills Development to provide a regular free electronic newsletter updating colleagues on latest developments in post-compulsory learning and skills and much more. For your free subscription to the Intelligence e-Group Despatch, e-mail Mike Cooper, giving brief details of your organisation and role.
  8. 8. 03 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 84December 2010 GLA news From large spectaculars to community activities, log your event now to help us plan a fantastic 2012 Marcus Davey appointed to London Council of Arts Council England Olympic London Media Centre under threat from LDA budget cuts “You’re hired!” Mayor in drive to create over 20,000 Apprenticeships in London Mayor’s Legacy Fund delivers a thousand new sport coaches and officials 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 Rebecca Breen. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager kate.anderson@aoc.co.uk judith.smyth@aoc.co.uk Rebecca Breen Simran Sobhraj Regional Coordinator London Region and FE Procurement Administrator rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk Simran.sobhrai@aoc.co.uk