Martin Doel

The battle may be lost, but FE can still win the war

It can be tricky to define objectives when so much is uncertain, but a consistent direction of travel is vital to avoid mission drift

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Further education providers might justifiably feel embattled after five years of funding cuts, abrupt policy changes and often ill-informed criticism from various sources. Despite this, the sector has proved remarkably resilient, but there is a difference between coping and moving forward with intent.

In the military sphere, there is a contrast drawn between “close” and “deep” battles. The distinction is now more likely to be used in a conceptual way than a literal one. Close battles are those that can’t be avoided – those that are immediately before us with an outcome that is fundamentally ...

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