`HMIE praises college that rejected merger' (27 May)
Staff at Telford College have not willingly embraced the changes and were not given the chance to vote on the merger. Mr Dibsdall has railroaded through changes, cutting profitable courses, and brooks no opposition. Telford has always had an excellent HMIE report - well before his arrival.
Mr Dibsdall gathered staff in an assembly and told us he had pulled us out of merger because we were too good to go in and bail out those other colleges. He said how disastrous the finances and management of the other colleges was and how many jobs we would lose as a result of a merger, then asked for a show of hands to show if we agreed with the decision he and his board had already made. I challenge the principal to provide evidence that a vote or anything that remotely resembles the dictionary definition of a consultation process has taken place since his arrival.
What is wrong with these people? Can't they bear the idea the place they work in is successful? Can't they stand back far enough from their own miserable views to recognise that Telford is transforming into an innovative and positive organisation? This article is based on fact, not opinion, and the endorsement of our new direction by HMIE no less, following their recent review of the college.
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