Newsletter & Bids 1 2016

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Dear Members

A warm welcome to you all to this first week of 2016, Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd and Elephant in a room with thanks to SLIC International Ltd and EEVT ltd. This week’s bids attachment has only some 20 pages this week. We go out to some 4,353 people and organisations.

We wish you all a Great New Year and as we know it’s going to be one of many changes.

Domestic Violence laws will now take into account emotional and psychological abuse.
The new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour has been announced by the government. Why may this be an item around training you may ask well as we now have to look at emotional wellbeing and financial wellbeing of learners? This falls under the Common Inspection Framework and an item recently asked by an Ofsted inspector was do your staff keep up to date with current changes in the Law which may affect learners.

The Home Office is giving police in England and Wales new powers in a drive to crack down on domestic abuse. At the moment the government’s definition of domestic violence recognises the impact of threatening behaviour but it has never been a law.

Home Secretary Theresa May says coercive control “can be tantamount to torture”.
“Domestic abuse is a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims, trapping them in cycles of abuse that too often end in tragic and untimely deaths,” she said.
“The government is committed to protecting the victims of this terrible crime and it is clear that this new offence has the potential to save lives.” It means that now for the first time people who control their partners through threats or by restricting their personal or financial freedom, could face prison in the same way they do if they’re violent. The new offence, which will come into force in late 2015, will mean abusers could face up to five years behind bars if found guilty of domestic abuse.

Ok in terms of the New Website many thanks to Shan who has helped get this up and running and he has been a great what I call mentor in this process. As we go through the process we will be updating bids and information on the site day by day and also via the medium of twitter and Facebook plus the normal Linked In at

Further Education Commissioner Dr David Collins has been given a knighthood for services to the sector in the New Year’s Honour’s list. A Dame is granted to chief regulator and chief executive of Ofqual Glenys Stacey, while CBEs went to Association of Colleges (AoC) chief executive Martin Doel and former AoC president Richard Atkins for services to FE.

Sam Parrett, who has been principal of Bromley College of Further and Higher Education since 2010, was also awarded an OBE, in the list which recognised the efforts and achievements of a number of senior FE and skills-related figures.

Many thanks for this thought from Nick Bird. The thing is that we might know that if we all worked together we would all be better off, but that doesn’t make it the logical thing to do. It is all about something called the tragedy of the Commons. The story goes something like this – there was a commons on which everyone could graze their cows. More and more cows got added until the Commons reached capacity. At that point all the cows had enough to eat and grew healthy. All the farmers new this!

None of them should have bought another cow. But that would not be logical even if they knew that this would cause over grazing and them all to fail. That’s because if they were logical they would work out that if they did buy another cow and grazed it on the common, yes it would affect all the other cows and make them do slightly less well which would impact all the other farmers. It would even impact their own cattle a little bit. But – and here is the clincher, while the cost of this extra cows overgrazing is shared across the community, the logical farmer gets all the benefit.
In fact it would be logical for them all to keep buying cows and spreading the pain but getting all the gain until at some point adding one, causes so much pain to them personally, that it outweighs any gain they could get. They will even be driven along this path, because they know it would be logical for everyone else to do the same. This will only happen when the Commons collapses and they would all starve. Luckily, as human beings, we can see beyond logic and think in terms of community built on relationships. But what the tragedy of the commons teaches us, is that to do this we need sometimes to act for long term good at the expense of short term expediency. It depends on seeing ourselves as being located within these communities and dependent on the common good for our own futures. At heart this is what a client centric approach to business is about.

From myself Steve and the Team our wishes for you and yours for a great 2016.

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