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Read NIACE’s Thoughts of 2005 and 2006 Exclusively at FE New

2005 has been an eventful year for Further Education. The sector has been more prominent and successful, and on occasion more turbulent and criticised, than ever before. We at FE NewsFE News are delighted that Colin Flint, Associate Director of FE at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), was willing to offer our readers an insight into the year passed and the road ahead.


Question: “What was the most significant development for FE in your opinion in 2005?”

Colin Flint: “Foster ““ but also the most disappointing”

Question: “What was the area of FE that you feel has been neglected this year?”

Colin Flint: “Most of adult education.”

Question: “What has been your proudest moment of the year?”

Colin Flint: “Publishing “Eight in Ten”

Question: “What was the funniest memory from FE ““ work or otherwise – from this year?”

Colin Flint: “Boris Johnson being made shadow minister for HE!”


Question: “If you had to choose three things for FE’s Santa to bring for 2006, what would they be?”

Colin Flint: “A new funding settlement for adult education. A new credit-based qualifications framework. Ruth Kelly to enrol on a full fat Level 2 at Hackney Community College.”

Question: “What is the agency / organisation other than your own that you expect to be most heavily involved in furthering FE in 2006?”

Colin Flint: “The Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Learning Skills Network (LSN).”

Question: “What changes do you fear will affect FE negatively in the coming year?”

Colin Flint: “The Government’s education policies.”

Question: “Which of next year’s conferences do you think will be the most exciting / interesting and why?”

Colin Flint: “None of them exciting.”

All of us at FE News would like to thank Colin Flint for his time and contribution.

Jethro Marsh

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