FErret

9th April 2010 at 01:00
Bureacracy rules and Internet news round-up

Bureaucracy rules

One hates to vex the ghost of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and stretch it out on the rack of this tough world any longer, but a final story begs to be told.

Julian Gravatt of the Association of Colleges told a conference on FE funding that some local authorities still have not seen the contracts with colleges they inherited from the funding body.

Why? The LSC has so much paperwork that it didn't have the staff to photocopy them all. To put it in that context, only 3,200.

Well, we can all sympathise: who among us has not, at some point, complained about the bureaucracy of the LSC? But FErret thinks this is probably the first time it has used its own excessive bureaucracy as an excuse to get out of doing its bureaucracy.

Luckily, the creation of three separate agencies, working with nine regional bodies and 25 sector skills councils is sure to cut down on that burdensome paperwork. O brave new world that has such Individual Learner Records in it!

OMG! What's it mean?

Internet news round-up! BONG! Staff at one FE college are having to take students to a local internet cafe because of the barriers and content filters on their network.

Teachers in the United States have found teaching about the nuclear bomb tricky when "Bikini Atoll" triggers the censorship software, and attendees at the Becta-X conference heard FE here is affected, too.

At least that's the lecturers' story and they're sticking to it. The kids, meanwhile, just get on with downloading to their phones, FErret suspects.

BONG! The abbreviationally-challenged SFA - welcome, BTW - has coined a new one for Operational Management Group. OMG!

As Twitter-user carsmilesteve speculated: what next, a Standard Training Funding Unit or Work-based Training Funding? LOL. (That's a Learning Organisation Leader, or what we're calling principals in 2011.)

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