The Guardian carries a piece by journalist and author John Harris who argues that ‘the gilded cage of Westminster appears to regard FE colleges and the skills they offer as irrelevant’.
Conservatives must currently be thrilled with the state of the English education debate. The fact that tuition fees were such a prominent part of the Labour platform back in May seems to have quietened that issue, and with it, grave concerns about the huge cultural and professional changes sweeping through higher education. For all the opposition to academies and free schools, the election result has re-energised the Tories’ great crusade on that front, and, it seems, wrong-footed Labour anew. When it comes to cuts, meanwhile, the mainstream media reaches for its collective notepad, hears the usual reassurances that the schools budget is protected, and then backs off.
Meanwhile, two huge stories bubble away… [full story on the Guardian website]