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Ed Chief goes to Dollywood


The new Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group, which includes Tresham College, is hitting the headlines with his version of a Dolly Parton hit aimed at Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Ian Pryce CBE is better known for heading, what is now, one of the largest FE college groups in the UK, but in is spare time plays in a band.


Having tweeted the recording, based on Jolene, it has already been a hit with FE sector commentators and is rising up the Twitter charts.

Said Ian, guitarist and vocalist: “We thought making a serious point in a humorous way might get it noticed. The Association of Colleges has made an unanswerable case for a fairer deal for our students. We are key to post-Brexit Britain yet our funding is much lower than that of schools and Universities. We’re hoping our Secretary of State will be persuaded. Maybe she could respond positively to colleges in a similar vein with another Dolly standard ‘I Will Always Love You’! ”

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