Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Agency makes a meal of determining a moniker

Consultations are a necessary evil, and government agencies always come under fire when they act without asking for others' views - but there must be some decisions that could be taken with less deliberation.

That thought crossed FErret's mind as he perused a survey from the Skills Funding Agency over what to call the new loans for FE courses. Respondents were invited to rate a series of options, which were: Learning Loan, Adult Learners Loan, Skills and Learning Loan, Skills and Education Loan, Further Education Loan, Education and Training Loan and Learners Loan.

Hmm, is Learning Loan better than Learners Loan? Is it a loan for skills and education or education and training? Why no option for education and skills or training and education?

There was space for a write-in vote, however, so FErret pondered entering "OH GOD KILL ME NOW JUST MAKE IT STOP." Luckily, Shane Chowen, former NUS vice-president for FE and now at the Institute for Learning, had a more constructive suggestion: why not just call them "student loans"? …

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