Plenty of scope for confusion

28th May 2004 at 01:00
FErret is delighted to help Learning and Skills Council chief executive Mark Haysom's crusade against the use of gobbledygook.

Mr Haysom doesn't believe in employing a load of pen-pushers to trot out documents full of double speak which the public doesn't understand. He will no doubt be concerned about the increasing use of the word "scope".

For some people, a scope is something you might look through. But not in the world of further education. "Area scopes" are mentioned in one recent document. Another document explains: "Other reports have to resort to the same methods given the secondary data collected within those paradigms, although the majority do not offer an explicit definition or scoping of the sector." (Answers on a postcard please.) And what on earth could this mean? "There was recognition that significant progress had been made in connected learning, and interest from all parties in work to scope further developments, which would also involve the SSPs in the connected learning agenda."

If Mr Haysom wished to enjoy these and other scope-references in their full yawn-inducing context, he need look no further than the LSC website.

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