Andy Forbes

School’s out, college is in

FE colleges may not conform to notions of educational institutions acting in loco parentis, but their links to employers will prove more worthwhile in the long run

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I started out as a schoolteacher, and going to visit local schools takes me back. It also reminds me how different they are to FE colleges. It’s not just the distinctive sound of preadolescent voices, nor the obligatory photos of year groups and sports teams hanging in reception.

The essential difference lies in the distinctive ethos of schools, summed up by the Latin phrase “in loco parentis” (literally translated, “in the place of a parent”), which legally obliges schools to exercise the same duty of care that “a reasonable parent” would. Schools are, in this respect, extensions of the home ...

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