I recently tried to order a CD of Liszt’s Schubert Song Transcriptions. The assistant in the high street store asked a most revealing question: “Where does “L” come in the alphabet?”
The correct answer I immediately realised would have to be spatial, (“In the middle”) rather than the technical but unhelpful, “Between K and M”. Which brings me to the National Improvement Strategy (NIS).
Everything is failing not because of a lack of strategy but because nobody wants to empower the teachers and trainers to get on with the job that they know how to do. The schools and further education & training curriculum that was teacher/trainer led has been invaded by meddling politicians and big business.
I do not attend any focus groups on retailing or advisory groups on steel making because it is not my job; I can”t help. The NIS can”t help learners and it can”t help teachers and trainers unless colleges and training providers are empowered instead of being clobbered with meaningless strategy-drivel.
It’s about cash and power: give further education and training the cash and power and the job will be done. Drafting strategies with strange notions like: “Review the current arrangements to establish the most effective forms of partnering and collaboration for contestability”, or “develop capacity to design curriculum and qualifications to meet client needs as the basis for competitive advantage” is not the way forward.
Lawrence Miles, Chief Officer, Independent Organisation for Licensed Verifiers and Assessors (IVA).
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