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A Bedfordshire college principal has turned to a Dolly Parton song to appeal for more cash from the Education Secretary Justine Greening...

Ian Pryce, the head of Bedford College, has recorded his own version of Dolly's hit song Jolene.

He's released the song - to highlight a lack of government funding - as the Association of Colleges' annual conference gets underway today (Tuesday, November 14th).

Mr Pryce, who's been awarded a CBE for his work in education, has turned the college into one of the larger Further Education Colleges in the country.

The Principal said: "We thought making a serious point in a humourous 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".

His tweaked version goes: "Justine, Justine, Justine, Justine, please don't hurt us just because you can."

He goes on: "Our funding does not compare with schools. It's really so unfair, if only you would show you care, Justine.

"Can't take another funding free, we're begging you we're on our knees.

"Justine, Justine, I'm begging you please don't take us down.

"Please don't take us down."

 

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