Month: July 2013

College of Teaching must include further education

New proposals for a College of Teaching offer a unique opportunity to raise the status of the teaching profession and encourage high quality, evidence-based professional development. But the measures are certain to prove counter-productive and divisive if they fail to

Posted in College of Teaching, Consultation Response

A privatised route to falling standards

Creeping privatisation and competition in state education has been a disaster across the globe almost everywhere it has been tried and yet the Coalition government seems hell-bent on pursuing it. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is repeatedly accused of putting

Posted in Michael Gove, Policy, Privatisation

Mick Fletcher questions the wisdom of tackling college governance in isolation

The recently published report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on college governance [350KB PDF] is in many ways a model of how to develop policy.  Unlike many announcements, which appear out of the blue and seem only to

Posted in BIS, Further Education, governance, Policy

Andrew Morris celebrates twenty years of City and Islington College

Lasting success in education does not come overnight For truly outstanding performance a school or college needs the ‘three Ps’ – patience, professionalism and partnership, says Andrew Morris, author of a 20-year progress report on the path to success in

Posted in Further Education, Vocational Education