Don't forget who put you there

6th February 2004 at 00:00
Colleges are attempting to pull on the heart strings of education hacks as they plead for more attention from the national media.

By failing to give further education the coverage it deserves, we are biting the hand that feeds us, according to the Association of Colleges.

The AoC says if a reporter has a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification, the chances are the course was run by an FE college.

Yet, says the AoC: "Sometimes journalists tend to concentrate on higher education and the schools sector, forgetting about FE."

A bit rough, admittedly, considering the attention newspapers pay to that other alma mater of so many journalists, Oxbridge. Sadly, though, some colleges' enthusiasm for the NCTJ has dwindled. The standards it sets are apparently too high for some, which find themselves losing out financially when students fail to qualify at the end of the course.

One of the sticking points is the 100 word-a-minute shorthand trainees need before they can take the final proficiency test. As one principal said:

"They use tape recorders now, don't they?"

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now