Agenda and draft minutes
London Area Review Steering Group
Monday 29 February 2016 11.00 am

Venue: London's Living Room, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: David Pealing, GLA Senior Board Officer 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements


1.1  Jack Morris OBE took the Chair for the meeting and welcomed attendees to the first meeting of the Group. Attendees then introduced themselves in turn.


1.2  Apologies for absence were received from the Further Education (FE) Commissioner Dr Sir David Collins, Mayor Boris Johnson MP, Sir Harvey McGrath and Cllr Darren Rodwell (for whom Kim Bromley-Derry substituted on behalf of local authorities within the east sub-regional review).


Declarations of Interest


2.1  There were no interests of a pecuniary nature as no decisions were proposed or taken at the meeting.


London Approach to Area Review pdf icon PDF 129 KB

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3.1  The Chair proposed that the presentations at Items 3, 4, 5 and 6 be taken jointly, with only those questions seeking clarification of a factual nature to be considered at that time. A plenary discussion on the role, nature and aims of the London Area Review followed after Item 6.


3.2  The Group received a joint presentation from the GLA and the Government’s Joint Area Review Delivery Unit (JARDU) outlining the approach to Area Reviews in London.


3.3  Officers explained that there will be a concurrent review of Adult and Community Learning (ACL) provision, and that the findings of the ACL review will be fed in as evidence to the London Area Review. Accordingly, it was agreed that a line to reflect this would be added to the Terms of Reference of the Group.


3.4  Members raised the following points after the presentation:

·  That it was important that school sixth forms were considered within the Area Review, despite being out of scope. Officers responded that learner data from school sixth forms was already held and would form part of the evidence base for the Review;

·  That the London FE sector should not just be benchmarked against other UK cities,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Skills Vision for London pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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4.1  The Group received a report on the Skills Vision for London, introduced by the GLA Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture.  The Skills Vision was described as a working document that would be reviewed through the Area Review process and that aimed to identify a high-level list of the challenges faced by London and the FE sector and also to set out a strategic offer for learners, providers, employers and London government in light of the devolution agenda. Comments from Members of the Group would accordingly be fed into the document.


4.2  During discussion, Members made the following points:

·  The Vision should address the FE sector’s role on safeguarding, the Prevent Strategy and gang culture;

·  Diversity should be expressly included within the Vision’s priorities; and

·  A contextual link to the national FE landscape, including funding for any implementation should be identified.



That the London Skills Vision be noted.


London Demand Analysis Presentation pdf icon PDF 760 KB

Presented by GLA Economics.


5.1  The Group received a presentation from GLA Economics (GLAE) on the demand for jobs and skills in London.


5.2  Following the presentation, Members raised the following points:

·  There was a query as to whether the recent news stories regarding a potential significant decrease in the number of retail sector jobs had been taken into account in the presentation. In response, officers explained that the data in the presentation was based on long-term trends, although in this case a recent GLAE study had identified there was potential for a reprofiling of retail jobs from front-of-store to distribution and back office roles;

·  That it would be useful to try to see what potential effect welfare reform – particularly for older workers – would have on upcoming demand.  Officers responded to say that this study was done based on past data following known trends and so that would be difficult to do;

·  Asked how often the data used with the presentation was produced, officers responded to say that labour market data was continually updated, presented to the LEP’s Skills and Employment Working Group and published on the GLA’s Datastore. The employment projections were produced every four-to-five years, and could potentially be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


London Supply Analysis Presentation

Presented by the Joint Area Review Delivery Unit.


6.1  The Group received a presentation from JARDU with an overview of the sort of supply-side analysis that would be available to the Area Review. The information contained therein is subject to a data sharing agreement and so the presentation has not been shared.


6.2  During discussion, it was clarified that more granular data would be made available for the sub-regional reviews and that it covered all London delivery.  Members requested that travel-to-learn patterns be graphically represented by qualification level, given the anecdotal evidence that higher level learners would be prepared to travel further to learn than lower level learners.


6.3  JARDU committed to circulating a London-wide supply-side report once data sharing agreements had been finalised and further data was available for the south and east sub-regions.


6.4  Following the presentation, the Chair opened the meeting up to a plenary conversation on the role, nature and aims of the London Area Review. During this discussion, the following points were raised:

·  Members across the Group welcomed the opportunity the Area Review represented;

·  The Area Review provided a chance for the FE sector to no longer be seen by some as a problem, and to set a medium-to-long term vision for London  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent


7.1  There was no other business.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meetings of the Steering Group  are planned for May and September 2016, depending on the status of the Sub-Regional Reviews at that stage. Dates will be confirmed and circulated to Members.


8.1  The next meeting of the Steering Group will be held in May, subject to the next Mayor’s availability and the status of the sub-regional reviews.  Officers would investigate methods to best consult the Steering Group in between formal meetings.


Close of Meeting


9.1  The meeting ended at 2.05 pm.