Profiles

Royally decorated duo
Royally decorated duo
For any organisation to have a member of staff awarded an MBE among the New Year Honours is fortunate — but to have two looks like real commitment...
A comprehensive start to a post-14 career
A comprehensive start to a post-14 career
A career in post-school education seems to have been on the cards for Paul Grainger right from the day he started his very first job. As co-director of...
Sallis beyond the seashore
Sallis beyond the seashore
College catchment areas can owe as much to constituency borders as they can to the routes of local buses clad with enrolment day advertising. But it was far...
Putting FE on the table
Putting FE on the table
The political career of Tim Farron MP, former education and skills select committee member and until recently president of the Liberal Democrats, didn’t get off to the most auspicious...
An exercise in transparency
An exercise in transparency
One of the most frequent complaints levelled at Ofsted is that it lacks transparency. For example the system for dealing with complaints against inspection results, it has been...
To the defence of FE’s acronym count
To the defence of FE’s acronym count
The first thing many people entering the FE and skills sector notice is the number of acronyms. Telling your EFA (Education Funding Agency) from your ETF (Education and...
Keeping a foot on the gas in (semi) retirement
Keeping a foot on the gas in (semi) retirement
In these cash-strapped times, many principals would like to shave a few pounds off the expenditure column of their college finances. And it was no different during the...
A credit to vocational learning
A credit to vocational learning
As far as student debt goes, City & Guilds UK managing director Kirstie Donnelly is more qualified than most to sympathise with today’s hard-pressed learners struggling to stay...
Like father, like son
Like father, like son
Formula One racing has Graham and Damon Hill and football has Harry and Jamie Redknapp, while high-flying father and son duos in the world of acting include Donald...

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