AoC’s 200 national and regional member engagement groups are one of the main ways in which we engage with our member colleges and a key route through which members can influence AoC’s policy and activities. Our portfolio groups, national and regional policy groups, regional networks and standing groups enable members to drive education policy, talk directly to Government officials and share best practice. We have around a dozen portfolio groups, 20 national policy groups and 130 regional policy groups, which all meet regularly throughout the year.
Over 70% of AoC members are engaged in our national portfolio groups. We invite external stakeholders such as employer representatives or Ofsted members to meet AoC alongside college principals, governors and other senior college staff. The groups then discuss how policy is emerging and how it translates into practice.