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New board at IfL

FE news | Published in TES Newspaper on 21 May, 2010

The Institute for Learning (IfL) has elected a new non-executive board completing the body’s overhaul of governance. The board, which will provide strategic direction for the IfL, comprises Govind Bharadia, Anne Brookes, John Chorley, Sue Crowley, Lisette D’Cruz, Rania Hafez, Jacki Hughes, Ed Sallis and Mick Smith. The three stakeholder representatives are Association of Colleges chief executive Martin Doel, Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers executive director James Noble- Rogers, and University and College Union national official Dan Taubman. Toni Fazaeli, chief executive of the IfL, said: “This completes our new governance structure, which was designed, in consultation with members, to allow better member representation, a greater focus on policy matters, and cost savings to develop valuable benefits.”

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  • It is hoped that IfL, after its beginning, and subsequent developments, would look further afield and consider the needs of teaching & support staff with disabilities in LifeLong Learning.
    The last few years have seen too many instances in LifeLong Learning which have driven out many such talented and gifted staff. whose conditions, which they accepted as part of life, would have enriched the diversity and variety of the learning environment.
    There are questions being asked, why is it happening at a time when full social inclusion is expected to be at its most effective? There are cases of regressive practice, seemingly returning to pre-DDA times, by people not following Equality and Diversity aspirations in this valuable area of education. The issue of funding cuts and uncertainity have contributed to this 'cleansing'.

    I see names of people on the new non-executive board whom I know to have the understanding of what I have written. Thus cautiously and hopefully, we do look forward to seeing genuine constructive action by IfL in supporting, including and protecting this segment - disabled/Deaf - of teaching and support professionals within LifeLong Learning for the 21st century.

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    19 June, 2010

    Penelope Beschizza

  • "Overhaul of governance"? Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, more like. And still they carry out 'business as usual'. Don't they realise that it's all over? It'd be touching if it wasn't so pathetic. The ship was sunk the day Labour lost, and good riddance...

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    22 June, 2010


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