Thursday, 7 January 2010

Gary Milner and I met with some of the FE College Principals this afternoon...

It is encouraging to spend time with these colleagues who like me are impatient about action, frustrated by the bureaucracy and desperate to connect our provision. We talked about the further development of the relationship between Education Leeds, the schools and the colleges based on trust, understanding and partnership. We agreed that we need to continue to work closely together to improve quality, reduce costs and strip out duplication recognising the real achievements of the last few years. We must improve the universal offer and ensure that we additionally target focus groups to reduce NEETs, tackle the long tail of underachievement, improve progression rates and narrow the gap.

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