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Training recognition built on trust
Training recognition built on trust
You would be hard-pressed to find a better way of convincing teenagers to choose vocational learning over university than inviting OBE recipient Rod Bennion to tell them his...
Playfair’s former council life in print
Playfair’s former council life in print
Eddie Playfair carefully opens an A4 envelope and tilts it forward, prompting a few dozen neatly cut press clippings to fall and scatter across his desk. The yellowing...
In praise of being nosey, and methodical
In praise of being nosey, and methodical
“I guess research is just about being nosey. Nosey and methodical — that’s what makes a good researcher,” says Dr Fiona Aldridge, assistant director for development and research...
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...

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