Tag Archives: FE

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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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 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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Five Years: Celebrating the start of the Election campaign

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes We’ve got five years, what a surprise We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot We’ve got five years, that’s all we’ve got Not, perhaps, Mr. Bowie’s most butter-cutting lyrics, but … 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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To be a Pilgrim: Borrowing a Song for Lent

This piece was written for the second #UKFEchat Guide book, published on 13 February 2015. It appeared under the title “Barriers to Progress” but since this is Ash Wednesday I thought I’d give it a title more appropriate to the … Continue reading

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In support of more FE funding cuts…

Yesterday the British media changed UK electioneering practice and the English language by threatening “to empty chair” any party leaders choosing not to take part in a TV debate. Today, ever at the forefront of educational funding and philology, I … Continue reading

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