Friday, January 18, 2008

Merger-skepticism in Further Education: a change of heart?

Readers of this blog will know that I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to mergers and "big is beautiful"including in FE. The “synergies” (wince) and other benefits are identified and extrapolated – the downsides aren’t always. The distraction involved is almost never fully taken on board.

According to today’s Times Education Supplement the Learning and Skills Council may be showing a change of heart on mergers. The merger criteria are being revised.

This is welcome when nearly one in ten colleges are reportedly now in merger talks.

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