FE Providers around the country got an early Christmas present today as their results from 'learner views survey' of the Framework for Excellence (FFE) were put into the provider gateway for them to check before publication. Once out, learners will again be able to compare 'data' before chosing where to study. I'm not absolutely certain that learners across the country will have been holding their breath for the outcome of this year's survey and we'll all have to hold it a bit longer for the outcome of the massive telephone survey of learner destinations
Many providers will have been expecting this to be the last round of the dismal, costly and meaningless FFE with the publication of 'New Challenges, New Chances'. However, it seems like BIS (which the communication renames the department of 'Business, Innivation and Skills') intends to respond to years of criticism of the Framework for Excellence by renaming it the 'FE Public Information framework' so it perhaps it will live on in a zombie format.
Still, in these hard times, maybe its a good thing that social research consultancies continue to get Government business through make-work schemes like these. A new equivalent to the Keynesian approach of digging holes and filling them back in to keep the economy going?
On the other hand, perhaps it was all just an A level stats project that got a bit out of hand.