I rang the Department of Education today on their general number whilst trying to contact an official who had been trying to contact me. I didn’t have much success, though enjoyed listening to the slow movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 over and over again, punctuated by a voice that told me that I was in first position in the queue every couple of minutes. Eventually, I had a conversation with a person who said that if I was prepared to leave a message for the official he would make sure I received (wait for it) an “aspirational 24-hour call-back.”

I don’t know what one of those is, so I didn’t leave a message. I then googled it to see if it was a thing. It isn’t.

Is this DfE-speak for “we reckon we’ll get back to you tomorrow if you’re lucky”? I will never know.


About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher by profession, now working as an educational researcher, in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011. My work looks to make education effective for the whole child and keeps a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, amateur printmaker, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for children. The views on this blog are all my own.

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  1. Caroline says:

    Awww bless you! We mere mortals of lower educational ability know this is ‘wonderful’ speech designed to make us lower plebs in society impressed. We also understand that this simply means ‘if someone feels like it they will call back any time today or tomorrow but if they don’t feel like answering it might take longer!’

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