An eye on those endearing terms

5th March 2004 at 00:00
Ever since teenagers became "young people" and delinquents became "challenging", education has been minding its language for fear of upsetting everyone.

So to the Ofsted website, where there is a salutary lesson in how to put your foot in it. Its reports on sixth-form and general FE colleges refer to them as institutions which cater for "boys and girls".

This raised the eyebrows of one of my chums at the Association of Colleges, who commented: "Says something about the mindset, no?"

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