Every learner matters, but what does a botched slogan indicate?

18th January 2008 at 00:00

I have recently become irritated by the signs in my college declaring not that "every child matters" (the slogan which school teachers know all too well) but, instead, "every learner matters".

It is not the sentiment itself that concerns me, of course. This new wording is most certainly befitting of an institution where most of the younger cohort attend specifically to escape the label of "child", and the older for the more mature environment it offers.

What I object to is that the word "child" has not been removed, just struck through and "learner" hastily scrawled across the top.

Indeed, every learner does matter. This is true in colleges, homes, workplaces, prisons, community centres, universities and schools. Any place, in fact, where education is offered.

But what does this signage say about the policy of 14-16 in colleges? Are we offering something which is altogether different from schools or merely patching up a problem?

If these signs have been botched to fit the remit of the FE institution rather than tailored to its particular purpose, what hope is there that the policy itself will actually work?

A lecturer in Nottinghamshire (name and address supplied).

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