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100% opportunity report launch

We are excited to share our new report '100% opportunity: the case for a tertiary education system' which highlights the need for urgent reform of England’s post-16 education system if it is to meet the needs of 100% of young people and adults.

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New blog

Read our new #ThinkFurther blog in partnership with NCFE, ‘Beyond play – the rise of esports in shaping future education’ by By Lliam Dickinson, Higher Education Pathway Leader for esports, sport, public services, travel and tourism at Barnsley College and Research Further Scholar.

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AoC Mental Health Charter

The new AoC Mental Health Charter supports colleges to embed effective practice to ensure mental health and wellbeing is a priority for leaders and governors.

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Upcoming events

AoC South West Finance Director Network - Monday 25 March 2024

Venue:

In person meeting - Petroc (Tiverton Campus)

Date: 25 March 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Student Governor Induction

AoC are delivering 10 Student Governor Inductions for new Student Governors. The Student Governor Inductions 2023/24 project is delivered by AoC, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation on behalf...

Venue:

Online

Date: 25 March 2024

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Fee: £0

Regional Governor Induction - Midlands & East

AoC are delivering 10 Regional Governor Inductions for new Governors. The Regional Governor Inductions and Conferences Programme 2023/24 is delivered by the Association of Colleges (AoC), commissioned by the Education...

Venue:

Online

Date: 26 March 2024

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2024

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2024, 13:30 - 16:30.Our upcoming conference is focused on fostering an inclusive and equitable environment within our educational institutions. Your participation is pivotal in...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 26 March 2024

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £165 + VAT per delegate

Research Further Webinar Series 2024

First Webinar: Creating a research group in your community | Thursday 11th April | 16:00 - 17:00In the first Research Further webinar of this academic year, we’ll explore the process...

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 11 April 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: Free for all organisations

AoC North East Finance Directors Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 16 April 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: N/A

AoC North East Curriculum Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 16 April 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: N/A

AoC North West Finance Directors Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 17 April 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: N/A

AoC North West Curriculum Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 17 April 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: N/A

T Level and T Level Foundation Year National Learning Event

Welcome to the National Learning Event, an engaging conference designed to provide you with the tools and insights necessary for successfully developing T Level and T Level Foundation Year programmes...

Venue:

The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre at the Holiday Inn

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC Y&H Curriculum Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: N/A

Multiply Events Webinar Series 2024

Funded by Department for Education (DfE), AoC, in partnership with Holex, is delivering webinars as part of the Multiply Capability Support Programme. The webinars aim to support the development of...

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Fee: Free for members and non members

AoC Y&H Finance Directors Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Fee: N/A

Youth Social Action Ambassador Programme webinar 2024/25

Funded by the Pears Foundation, AoC are recruiting 25 Youth Social Action (YSA) Ambassador Colleges to recruit 5-8 students to become Youth Social Action Ambassadors. This webinar will provide you...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Fee: Free for AoC Members

AoC Sustainability and Green Skills Conference 2024

This year, the annual AoC Sustainability and Green Skills Conference will include an additional focus on the development and investment in the college estate. The conference provides an important opportunity...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 23 April 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Fee: Starting from £140 + VAT per delegate

Academic Progression Programme – Mental Health and Wellbeing Webinar

This webinar will feature guest speakers Jen Hope (AoC Area Director and Senior Policy Lead – Mental Health) and Damon Lewis (Queen Katherine Academy) discussing approaches to supporting students with...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 23 April 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: Free to attend

T Level Foundation Year English, Maths and Digital Network (Introductory Session)

The T Level Foundation Year network for English, Maths, and Digital serves as a platform for providers to exchange best practices, resources, and successful outcomes. It fosters an environment for...

Venue: Online

Date: 25 April 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Fee: Free

Equity Exchange - Sheffield

Venue:

Sheffield College

Date: 25 April 2024

Time: 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Fee: N/A

DfE Multiply Capability Support Programme – Discussion Forums

Funded by the Department for Education, AoC, in partnership with Holex, is running a series of forums as part of the Multiply Capability Support Programme. The forums aim to generate...

Venue: Online

Date: 30 April 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: Free to attend

AoC London Chairs' & Vice Chairs' Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 30 April 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - South West

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

South West

Date: 1 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC North West Principals and Chairs Forum

Venue:

Blackburn College

Date: 1 May 2024

Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: N/A

T Level Programmes - Drop-in Session

These informal drop-in sessions are specifically crafted to address inquiries concerning the T Level and T Level Foundation Year programmes. Whether you're seeking guidance or have immediate questions about planning...

Venue: Online

Date: 1 May 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: Free

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - West Midlands

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

West Midlands

Date: 2 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC London HR Directors' Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 2 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Submitting Access and Participation Plans Webinar 2024

Registered providers that are looking to charge the higher fees but did not take part in ‘wave one’ may be required to submit new access and participation plans in 202...

Venue: Online

Date: 2 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Fee: Free for AoC Members

AoC London Finance Directors’ Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue:

10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL

Date: 2 May 2024

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

AoC North East Principals and Chairs Forum

Venue:

New College Durham

Date: 7 May 2024

Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: N/A

AoC London Curriculum & Quality Directors' Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Teams

Date: 7 May 2024

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - North East

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

North East

Date: 8 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC South West Principal Network - Wednesday 8 May 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 8 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

AoC London Clerks' and Governance Professionals' Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue:

10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL

Date: 8 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

AoC Student Governors' Network Meeting

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Ikran Jama.

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 8 May 2024

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - North West

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

North West

Date: 9 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC Staff Governors' Network Meeting

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Ikran Jama.

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 9 May 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

AoC South West Finance Director Network - Monday 13 May 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 13 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

AoC Finance Conference and Exhibition 2024

The AoC Annual Finance Conference and Exhibition will be returning to Loughborough in 2024 and will, yet again, make it possible for college finance leaders to stay on top of...

Venue: Holywell Park, Loughborough, LE11 3GR

Date: 14 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £325 + VAT per delegate

AoC South West Curriculum and Quality Network - Tuesday 14 May 2024

Venue: On Line

Date: 14 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

AoC Northern HE in FE Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 14 May 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: N/A

AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference 2024

Taking place Wednesday 15 & 16 May, 13:30 - 16:30 The AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference is a timely event to bring together college leaders and practitioners to address...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 15 May 2024

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £165 + VAT per delegate

AoC South East Principals, CEOs and Chairs of Governors' Virtual Network

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 15 May 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Understanding, developing and promoting Higher Technical Qualifications Conference 2024

Thursday 16 May, 09:00 - 16:00, West of England Institute of TechnologyThursday 23 May, 09:00 - 16:00, The Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology Please note, there are two...

Venue:

West of England Institute of Technology and The Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology

Date: 16 May 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC South East HR Virtual Network

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: 16 May 2024

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FES Connect webinar series 2023/24

FES Connect is a national community for Post 16 careers leaders and practitioners, supporting development and sharing of best practice to ensure every learner is supported to find their next...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 16 May 2024

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free to attend

AoC London Principals' and Chief Executives' Network Meeting

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 16 May 2024

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

AoC Northern SEND Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 16 May 2024

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: N/A

Provider Insight Day - Gateway Sixth Form College

Provider Insight Day for T Level and T Level Foundation Year Providers An excellent opportunity for planning providers to gain valuable insights during an in-person visit with this experienced provider...

Venue:

Gateway College

Date: 17 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

Northern Ofsted Roadshow

Venue:

Online

Date: 20 May 2024

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Fee: N/A

AoC Governors' Summit 2024

Tuesday 21st May and Wednesday 22nd May from 09:30-12:30 In an ever-evolving educational landscape, effective governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring the success and sustainability of Further Education institutions...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 21 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £172 +VAT per delegate

AoC North East HR Network

Venue:

Derwentside College

Date: 21 May 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fee: N/A

AoC Northern Apprenticeship Network

Venue:

Online

Date: 22 May 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: N/A

AoC South West HR Network - Wednesday 22 May 2024

Venue:

In person event (Venue to be confirmed)

Date: 22 May 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

AoC South East Quality & Curriculum Virtual Network

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: 22 May 2024

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

T Level Success Stories: Admitting Students with Missing GCSE Grades

Two guest speakers from FE colleges share how they have admitted students with missing GCSE grades in English or Maths onto T Level programmes. Guest speakers will share their approaches...

Venue: Online

Date: 22 May 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC Ofsted College and Skills Nominee Masterclasses Summer 2024

This mini series is made up of two separate masterclasses - there is a crossover in content so we recommend you only attend one of the sessions Thursday 23 May...

Venue: Online

Date: 23 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Fee: £55 +VAT for AoC members

AoC Yorkshire and the Humber Governance Professionals Network

Venue:

Askham Bryan College

Date: 23 May 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fee: N/A

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - South East

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

South East

Date: 24 May 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC South West HE Forum - Tuesday 4 June 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC London and South East Apprenticeships Forum

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC Governance Finance Masterclass Series – Summer 2024

AoC has designed a series of six finance masterclasses to give college governors a solid understanding of the complex nature of college finances, support on the questions they should be...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Fee: From £55 +VAT per session for AoC members

AoC South West Governance Professional Network - Wednesday 5 June 2024

Venue:

In person event (Venue to be confirmed)

Date: 5 June 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

AoC London and South East Virtual HE Forum

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 5 June 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

AoC Ofsted for Governors Masterclass 2024

This new masterclass is a 2-hour online training event designed for college governors in which you will learn about: The impact of governance on the judgements inspectors make during an...

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 5 June 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fee: £55 +VAT for AoC members

AoC London and South East Virtual SEND Forum

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 6 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC South East Finance Directors' Virtual Network

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 7 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

AoC South West Apprenticeship Forum - Monday 10 June 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 10 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC Senior Leaders Finance Masterclass Series – Summer 2024

AoC has designed a series of five finance masterclasses to give college senior managers and leaders a solid understanding of the complex nature of college finances, support on the questions...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 11 June 2024

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Fee: From £55 +VAT per session for AoC members

AoC Artificial Intelligence in Further Education Conference 2024

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June, 09:30 – 12:30 This online conference is dedicated to exploring the role of artificial intelligence in further education. Taking place over two mornings our...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 11 June 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fee: Starting from £165+ VAT

AoC South West SEND Forum - Tuesday 11 June 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 11 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC South East Clerks and Governance Professionals' Virtual Network

This network is exclusively for AoC Members only.

Venue: Online

Date: 12 June 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AoC South West Principal and Chair Network - Wednesday 12 June 2024

Venue: In person event

Date: 12 June 2024

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

T Level Foundation Year Route Specific Focus Group - East Midlands

Join us for our face-to-face Route Specific Focus Groups, where we bring together educators and professionals involved in planning and delivering the T Level Foundation Year. This event provides a...

Venue:

East Midlands

Date: 14 June 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: Free

Thriving in further education: A masterclass for FE support staff - Spring 2024

AoC has designed this training event specifically for FE support staff who are new to the role and/or the further education sector. Across four interactive sessions, you will cover the...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 18 June 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fee: From £200 +VAT for AoC members

AoC Supporting Learners with Pathological Demand Avoidance masterclass - June 2024

Due to demand, a new date has been added for this masterclass. Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex profile of autism. The traditional approaches used for learners with autism...

Venue: Online

Date: 19 June 2024

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Fee: From £50 +VAT for AoC members

AoC Curriculum and Quality Committee Chairs' Network Meeting

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Ikran Jama.

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 24 June 2024

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

AoC Finance and Audit Committee Chairs' Network Meeting

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Ikran Jama.

Venue:

Online via Zoom

Date: 1 July 2024

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

AoC Summer Policy Forum 2024

College leaders are invited to join AoC this summer to discuss key policy asks for the sector. Building on our Opportunity England publication plus new research, our asks make the...

Venue:

Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London

Date: 4 July 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fee: Free to attend for AoC Members

T Level Programmes - Drop-in Session

These drop-in sessions are carefully designed to cater to queries regarding the T Level and T Level Foundation Year programmes. Whether you're in need of guidance or have urgent questions...

Venue: Online

Date: 4 July 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: Free

AoC Learning Week 2024

AoC Learning Week returns on Monday 8th to Friday 12th July. Last year, over 3,000 college staff participated and we’re looking forward to another packed week full of practical CPD...

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 8 July 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: From £300 +VAT per college (unlimited staff)

AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2024

Tuesday 12 November and 13 November 2024. The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition is the must-attend further education event of the year. Our exceptional programme features distinguished speakers from education...

Venue:

The ICC, Birmingham

Date: 12 November 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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AoC Sport is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. We believe that sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health.

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The market leading job board for the college sector. AoC Job’s sole purpose is to help people like you find a career in one of our colleges and support our students to achieve their learning goals.

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The AoC Charitable Trust’s primary purpose is to raise funds and oversee their application for the benefit of post-16 education and its vision is to have great colleges transforming lives and communities.