Rallying call to a ragtag crew

30th November 2007 at 00:00

It's heartening to know that, while principals spent last week living it up at the Association of Colleges conference, they still had time to think of their colleagues.

In fact, when questioned about the prospect of raising the age of compulsory education and training, their first thought was for the ordinary lecturer.

Were they not worried that the whole ethos of colleges would change? That instead of serried ranks of eager troops, their colleges would be filled with a ragtag army of reluctant conscripts who did not want to be there?

John Widdowson, principal of New College Durham, hardly missed a beat before replying: "Well, we'll always have to employ teaching staff."

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