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Hello again. What we can become is quite exciting!

Don’t think that I can’t hear you. Even from this lofty latitude, perched on a coastal shelf alongside the Highlands and Islands, I can still make out the distant mumble of your 1990’s football chant echoing round the end-of-season emptiness … Continue reading

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Trams or Tractors? Tractors or Trams? Twice.

I wrote this (prophetic!) draft blog last Spring. As I’ve almost failed to publish a blog in a month for the first time since I started blogging, I thought I’d better publish it now – as originally drafted but with one … Continue reading

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More. Less. Better. Clever. Here in the Hay Day of Further Education.

A former colleague of mine retired about ten years ago. When I asked him why he was leaving, he replied with one phrase. “The halcyon days of FE are over,” he said. You may feel that he was a man … Continue reading

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Snapshot of the first ever UKFEchat conference

 I’ve had this idea of how to report on the UKFEchat conference in London last week. It involves capturing a random set of images and impressions that give just a flavour of the event. I was going to call it … Continue reading

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The second #UKFEchat visit to Ofsted HQ: a personal perspective

This morning I visited Ofsted HQ in Holborn with colleagues and friends from the FE social media group on Twitter. This was the second such visit. The first took place eight months ago as part of what I had envisaged … Continue reading

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The Hunger Game – FEeding the myth

Having laid to rest, I hope, in an earlier blog the image of Cinderella as role model for the FE sector, I was reminded by the TES this morning that we still haven’t agreed on a character to replace her … Continue reading

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The Skills Bank of England – fixing interest rates?

Now here’s a question. Back in October, I temporarily went all metaphorical and suggested in this blog that the FE sector would be more respected if it wasn’t seen as a Cinderella service, but as the skills Bank of England. That … Continue reading

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