Monthly Archives: December 2012

As the Old Year ends, let’s kill off ‘GFE’ as a term to describe colleges

It’s Hogmanay, Old Year’s Night, so let me offer a final thought for the Old Year as we say farewell to 2012.  And a thought about death, too!  Let’s make 2013 the year we kill off that dreadful, damaging, anachronism … Continue reading

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International experience for apprentices?

I’m reading George Painter’s biography of that sadly-neglected great Briton, William Caxton, the father of English printing.  Caxton’s first career was as a mercer, a trader in fabrics, and he was sent to Bruges in 1444 while still an apprentice. … Continue reading

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Miliband on English language and integration

Ed Miliband’s speech on immigration the other day caught my eye.  In part that’s because I know that his father, Ralph, is one of the more famous alumni of the college where I’m a governor, learning English at Acton Technical … Continue reading

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