Garry Phillips

Why struggling colleges should come out fighting

Instead of lying low after an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating, seek out opportunities in adversity, one principal urges

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I have been called many things in my time: “leader”, “figurehead”, “driver for change”, “accounting officer” and, my personal favourite, “the buck stop”. All these descriptions are true to a greater or lesser degree and reflect the many roles FE leaders must inhabit to get the job done.

What these titles do not emphasise, though, is the requirement for us to have an unrelenting focus on securing a better future. This is key to the success of any educational organisation, particularly those in FE, with so much on our plate in this sector at the moment.

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