Once more unto the breach, dear friends

Despite having hung up his armour and retired, Jonathan Godfrey finds himself being inexplicably yet irresistibly drawn back to the battlefield of FE

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Having recently retired as a sixth-form college principal, I have been able to take a brief rest from the medieval battlefield that our current educational system resembles; ride to the top of a nearby hill; and survey the scene below.

The marketisation of education has led to internecine warfare between those notionally on the same side. Schools and colleges battle for students in an environment where even if numbers can be maintained, a declining level of per capita funding results in financial unviability. Competition between institutions is rife. School sixth forms are engaged in bitter ...

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