Ed Chief goes to Dollywood

Monday 13 November 2017

Bedford College’s Principal is hitting the headlines with his version of a Dolly Parton hit aimed at Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Ian Pryce plays guitar

Ian Pryce CBE is better known for putting the town on the map by having led Bedford College from a vocational training centre, to one of the largest FE colleges in the UK. During those two decades he has continued his spare time musical career, but now has come out with a recording on behalf of the neglected 16+ college sector.

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 the point 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’!"

» Listen to the song

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