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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 Nora Casey.

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

Nora Casey - Chair
Violet Rook - Vice Chair
Nigel Todd - Elected Member
Garry Nicholson - Staff governor
Melissa Middleton - Community governor
Petra Brown - Community governor
Pauline Allan - Elected Member
Martin Snow - Learner governor
Chloe Jackson - Staff governor
Vacant - Community governor
Stephen Lambert - Community governor
Ian Dawson - Local Authority Adviser

Paul Gilroy – Union representative

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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Join us for our Open Days

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We are having two Enrolment and Advice Open Days on Monday 10 December and Tuesday 11 December at Westgate College from 9 am - 7.30pm. If you need advice and support you can speak to our qualified satff who will guide you through the enrolment process. The programme for the days lists when the advice sessions will be, (pdf 112KB). We hope to see you there. Remember, lots of courses are available for quick and easy online enrolment too.

Jan 2019 brochure out now!

Brochure cover Jan 19Stay with us in the New Year and take up one of the many progression opportunities available to you. Our latest brochure is available now! Your tutor will speak to you about follow on courses and your next steps too.

Your Learner Handbook

Learner handbook coverOur new learner handbook is now available here (pdf 1.81MB). Packed full of useful information about the service, we hope you will find it helpful. We'll cover a lot of the topics during our new induction process too, and you will be given a copy of the handbook to take away with you at the start of your course.

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 £21,000 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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