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Teacher, lecturer – what's the difference?

Teacher, lecturer – what's the difference?

Given the changes in the educational landscape, should there still be a difference between how professionals teach in schools and in further education colleges? Should there be a distinction between the labels “teacher” and “lecturer”? Are the skills and delivery now the same? And is the difference only one of terminology?  It is fascinating to me that there is such a desire to ensure that we in FE are homogenised into one easily definable category. With so much emphasis rightly placed on celebrating the diversity of our learners, why should all staff in all institutions be semi-skimmed? Can we not celebrate the skimmed nature of some and the rich, full-fat nature of others?

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