Saturday 12 March 2016 6.01pm
I really don't understand why Lewisham Southwark College
would need to 'merge' with this Newcastle based college. It will just create a higher tier of senior management who will be on high salaries and have very little to do with teaching. Obviously something needs to be done if the college is still failing Ofsted and/or not recruiting sufficient numbers, but there's been oodles of time to research this since it started getting poor reviews. Merging with an umbrella organisation is not the answer, they need to start looking at what they are offering students, create an USP and get into schools and sell themselves. Whenever I mention Southwark College in The Cut
, people think it close down years ago. It has never been a place where kids wanted to go, more a place where they ended up. It was starting to get interesting a couple of years ago when they put the new building (hairdressing school, I think) at the front. Now it just looks like an office, or worse, a dole office. They need someone with vision to run the place and not someone who wants to pass the buck to another organisation.