* Few education initiatives have been given duller titles than the Connexions Customer Information System. School or college managers with a 14-19 brief might be inclined to ask a technically-minded colleague to check it out and then get on with the Big Picture. But my reading of the evaluation study of pilot projects on Merseyside and the West Country has left me feeling uneasy (see www.dfes.gov.ukresearchdatauploadfilesRR398.doc) The report underlines the importance of a system that gathers all sorts of information about individuals via secure web links. On page 11 we read:
"While the wishes of those wanting to withhold permission need to be respected, the need for informed consent should not be seen as a barrier to progress." Does that ring any alarm bells?
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