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‘Frank Coffield is a true gentleman and a scholar'

The prolific and incisive academic has retired before, but this time he means it

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Frank Coffield retired in 2007. Not that anyone noticed, since the emeritus professor of education at the UCL Institute of Education continued to be the bane of officialdom in the fight for a fairer deal for FE. Now, aged 73, he says: “I really am retiring.”

His output over the past decade or so would be considered formidable for a much younger man, let alone a retiree. It includes eight publications, drawing on meticulous research, that take a scalpel to education policy – not least in further education – exposing much official and ministerial thinking over that period as crass, ...

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