FErret

Stop ferreting for information, Sir Michael

The outgoing Ofsted chief inspector sniffs around in an attempt to uncover FErret’s true identity. Fear not, though, for FErret will remain safely locked away in his burrow

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As a loud and proud FE fanatic, FErret doesn’t take kindly to outsiders dissing his ’hood. Accordingly, Sir Michael Wilshaw has rarely made it anywhere near, let alone into, FErret’s good books since he was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in 2012.

It has felt to many in the sector as though there has been attack after attack from Ofsted: “FE is in a mess”; “All 16- to 19-year-olds should be taught in schools”; “Vulnerable young people end up ignored in large and amorphous colleges”; “Curricula are irrelevant to the world of employment”; “College restaurants are secretly staffed by ...

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