College tutors are in the relationships business

Developing a ‘moral contract’ with his GCSE maths resit students that boosted results convinced Graham Razey such bonds are of paramount importance

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For many years as a lecturer in further education – and then in senior leadership at a range of colleges – I’ve found one thing solves most problems: building relationships.

I’ve placed partnerships at the core of a huge amount of what I’ve done and rarely seen them fail to deliver a positive outcome. In fact, in many ways, growing the links between me – and my organisations – and others has been my primary strategy. And it works.

A recent government research report backs this view, with its authors expounding the virtues of a collaborative approach to leadership. That means building ...

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