Plater College, Oxford

Education and Skills written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice the Learning and Skills Council gave Plater College, Oxford, following the report on the College of 20 October 2004 by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Skills and Vocational Education)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to my hon. Friend with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

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Richard Wood
Posted on 19 Mar 2005 11:28 am (Report this annotation)

Although this is indeed a matter for the LSC there are social justice issues involved. The decision, by the Trustees and board of governors, to close Plater College runs contrary to the recommendations of the Adult Learning Inspectorate which placed the bulk of the blame on the leadership; the principal, the trustees and board of governors.
The trustees issued a statement in January which did nothing to suggest that the College was, in fact, still academically viable and that, moreover, that the dificulties with the college were, virtually exclusively, the fault of the above-mentioned leadership. The effect this will have on the careers and credibility dedicated and incredibly gifted academic staff, who are to be laid off in July, will be unjust. Plater college has taken people with little or no education and placed them in universities around the country - I studied at Plater last year and am now at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford.
There have been many irregularities and much secrecy on behalf of the trustees and board of governors which amount to a scandalous situation. see for further information.

Richard Wood.