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FE White Paper Group

A new Association of Colleges 'Skills for Jobs' White Paper Policy Group has been formed to shape our response to the White Paper – a once in a decade opportunity to influence the future of the further education sector.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper Policy Group, led by AoC President, Sally Dicketts, is made up primarily of chairs and members of existing AoC Policy Groups, ensuring that there is consistency and a chance for as many member colleges as possible to feed into our work on the White Paper. There is also representation from every region of the country. The group will meet regularly, and updates will be shared with AoC members on progress to date.

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Membership of the Skills For Jobs FE White Paper Working Group:

  • Sally Dicketts (Chair) - AoC President
  • Tony Medhurst - chair of the curriculum reform policy group
  • Jerry White – chair of the teaching, learning and assessment policy group
  • Yultan Mellor – chair of the towns and cities policy group
  • Zoe Lewis – chair of the quality and accountability policy group
  • Gerry McDonald – chair of the employment policy group
  • Karen Redhead – chair of the apprenticeships group
  • Amanda Melton – Independent Commission on the College of the Future/ Times Education Commission representative
  • Anthony Bravo – member Equality and Diversity group, and chair of the Technology special interest group
  • Stephen Barnes - chair of Governors’ Council
  • Michael Jaffrain – chair of the SFC group
  • Jat Sharma – Midlands representation
  • Suzanne Duncan – AoC board joint-lead on the White Paper and Comprehensive Spending Review, and land-based college representative
  • Debra Gray – chair of the HE policy group
  • Pat Brennan-Barrett – chair of the SEND policy group
  • Karen Spencer- chair of English and maths policy group

Upcoming meetings:

  • 4 July 2022, 12pm-2pm, Online

Past meetings:

  • 28 June 2021, 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 25 August 2021, 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 1 October 2021, 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 26 November 2021, 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 21 January 2022- 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 14 March 2022, 12pm-2pm, Online
  • 13 May 2022, 12pm-2pm, Online