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Newcastle City Learning Governing body

Newcastle City Learning, the Council's adult education service, has an active Governing Body which provides challenge and rigour as well as advice. The governing body has delegated power for strategy, planning, quality and curriculum delivery. It can also make recommendations to the Local Authority on the management of finance for Newcastle City Learning. The Governing Body's Chair is Councillor Veronica Dunn.

The membership of the Governing body is drawn from the following categories:

• Local Authority elected members
• staff at the establishment
• learners at the establishment
• local business and community interests

Governing Body membership

Cllr Veronica Dunn - Chair
Melissa Middeton - Vice Chair

Cllr Paula Holland - Elected Member
Cllr Nick Cott- Elected Member
Garry Nicholson - Staff governor
Martin Snow - Learner governor
Chloe Jackson - Staff governor
Violet Rook - Community governor
Stephen Lambert - Community governor

Ian Dawson - Local Authority Adviser

A good Governing Body thrives on diversity, bringing together a wide range of people with different personalities, backgrounds, lifestyles, skills and experience. Members should have

• commitment to education and training, and to the success of the College's learners
• willingness to contribute to the life and well being of the College and its community
• commitment to strengthening the College's link with its business and local communities
• dedication to acting openly, honestly and with integrity
• determination to get results by innovation and enterprise
• time and energy to turn their commitment into active involvementers should have:


Full Governing body meetings are six times a year, and subcommittees meet three times a year in addition to this.


Learner Focus

Why have a Governing Body?

The Governing body represents the interests of the local community in particular and public interest in general. It is there to oversee the way the Service is run and to make sure it delivers high quality learning opportunities and makes effective use of the resources it has available.

There is a clear distinction between governance and management. The role of governors is to oversee the way the Service carries out its work and to provide strategic direction; they are not there to manage the Service or involve themselves in its day-to-day operations.

The management of the Service remains the responsibility of the Local Authority, within the broad framework of policies and accountabilities set out and monitored by the funding body, the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The Governing Body is responsible for:

• determining the educational character and mission of the Service and for oversight of its activities including curriculum planning and delivery;
• approving the quality strategy of the institution;
• ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources

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Spring Term enrolment

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Our new brochure is out from 25 November 2019, and it is packed full of interesting courses that will help you gain a qualification, make a career change or learn a new skill. You can get a copy of the brochure here (pdf, 7.99MB), and it will be delivered throughout the City in the new few weeks. Enrol from Monday 25 November 2019 online, by phone or in person at our centres, and speak to your tutor about the progression opportunities available.

AAT Champion Award Winners!

Tutor Andrea Scope receiving awardWe're thrilled to announce that Newcastle City Learning won the AAT Champion Award!
In this category the judges were looking for training providers that have made an impact in supporting their community, improving social inclusion and mobility, through the delivery of AAT qualifications.
Our new AAT accountancy courses are proving incredibly popular, and our tutor Andrea Scope was on hand to pick up the trophy at the awards ceremony. Well done everyone!
If you are interested in the courses we're running in accountancy, our new brochure will be available from 25 November 2019 with all of the details listed.

Prevent Duty

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All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners and keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The Prevent Duty is not about discouraging our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Prevent Duty: If you Notice anything unusual, Check it out and them Share it by contacting 0191 277 3502 or email remember – Notice – Check – Share. Here is a link to our Prevent animation

Newcastle City Council (which Newcastle City Learning are part of) also have a generic email address which you can also use to report any concerns you may have about Prevent:

Reporting Incidents of Hate Crime: Stop Hate UK. There’s a 24hr hotline on (Freephone) 0800 138 1625. People can text on 0771 798 9025. Online reports can also be taken at

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £25,725 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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