Tom Starkey

The heart of the machine

Expansion can be positive for colleges, but they must never forget their core purpose – to provide a broad range of quality education for learners

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Like many who work in FE, my little corner of education exists within a very large organisation. Much like my classrooms reside within a building, my department resides within a school that resides within another department and so on. This is replicated all across my college – its many smaller parts forming a towering whole. Footfall at my building is in the thousands and enrolment across our many sites is in the tens of thousands.

With my meagre classes of a couple of dozen, I’m basically a tiny, slightly rusty cog in a huge machine that is doing its best to make sure we all keep trundling ...

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