Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Keep your friends close but your enemies closer

Congratulations to Dr Deirdre Hughes, who has been appointed chair of the new National Council for Careers, which will advise the government on the development of its National Careers Service.

But can this be the same Deirdre Hughes, former president of the Institute of Career Guidance, who said the government's approach was doomed to failure because it did not fund face-to-face counselling, proven to be the most effective help? Yes! It can!

As Ms Hughes wrote on the TES website last year: "With rising unemployment and increased complexity and competition in education and labour markets, it is wholly unacceptable to leave young people and parents to an online 'do-it-yourself' service."

Perhaps FE minister John Hayes, education's master of the apposite quotation, recalled the famous remark of Lyndon B. Johnson about J. Edgar Hoover: "It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in."

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