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Providers must learn new skills

It was the sound of pennies dropping.  Three colleges, one private training provider and their specialist delivery partner, two industry bodies, and the Skills Funding Agency, all sat round a table last week working through the implications of the new … Continue reading

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Comment on Guardian FE discussion on “Should college governors be paid?”

I have recently stepped-down as a governor of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College after 14 years, and was for five years Chairman of the Board.  When colleagues asked me to take on the role I hesitated, not at all … Continue reading

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An FE Guild – or a Guild for Learners?

Peter Davies, who is project managing the work to create the proposed FE Guild, sent an intriguing tweet yesterday: “Real divergence of opinion with pm group – strong view that for Guild to have real impact must focus on T&L&A. … Continue reading

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Why do colleges not use more careers information when they recruit students?

With the possible exception of the Secretary of State and his immediate advisers, there can surely be no one in the country who thinks we’ve got careers provision right – nor anyone who expects the problem to be sorted soon.  … Continue reading

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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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The case for Chartered status? Not proven.

I remember a colleague many years ago pondering the latest bright idea from Head Office.  “It’s always so hard to know with these new initiatives”, he said: “is this going to dominate our lives for the next five years, or … Continue reading

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