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High Green, Sheffield UK
CEO & Co-Founder of Paces
Interests: It's not about my interests. What's interesting is: using web2.0 for collaboration; breaking out of boxes; escaping isolation; coming in from margins; finding new places.
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Let me speak plainly. This website is trash Trash. It is a parasite feeding off thoroughly reputable sites. Those behind it are thieves, charlatans and plagiarists. They have nothing intelligible of value to say about conductive education. Be warned.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Paces
This has been lying around since about early last December in the folder on my laptop called "Ideas for blog posts". So I've dusted it off a bit, sorted out a few links and post it today just as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Paces
The Department for Education has published a paper outlining what DfE sees as "research needs" in SEN and disability. Interestingly, one area that they do not question as needing further research is that of the concept or category of SEN... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Paces
Here's a blog you might like to read in full. “We’re Ain’t Gonna Take It Any More”: Communication Access Now, No More Social Injustice" by Glenda Watson Hyatt. Glenda begins: "Individuals with communication disabilities, which affect how we speak or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Paces
Notable that in challenging aspects of the C&F Bill as it has progressed through Parliament, the large disability charities have not - as far as I have read - challenged "the fundamental aspect of the whole intellectual and morally bankrupt 'SEN' juggernaut" that Andrew points to. Perhaps they too should be counted among his "same people" "same things" "same implicit goals" "same outcomes"?
Has systemic failure become part of the SEN system itself? Dr Jane Martin, Local Government Ombudsman, said: ”Children with SEN, and their families, must be treated fairly by councils so they receive the support to which they are entitled. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Paces
"The role of the educator can be understood in terms of quantum dynamics: each moment you stand before a group of learners, many possibilities exist, yet only one will emerge." Different. Makes a change from the trite "unlocking potential" of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Paces
From a favorite blog, Mark Nearty's "Love, Belief and Balls": For a long time now I’ve struggled with the idea that autism is a disability. Instead of a nice neat “disability” label that firmly establishes the power dynamic, I’ve started... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Paces
One meeting I enjoyed last week, was welcoming Constantin Court (Headteacher) and Karen Chester (Admisions Manager) from Brantwood Specialist School to Paces and Paces Campus. That led me to the School's website. Actually, I'd been to the website before so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Paces
Twice this week I have found myself in situations where advocacy of conductive education in these terms was possible. In one situation I kept quiet; in the other I took this approach. Has the river flowed on? Can we no longer jump in at the same spot? In 1986 and later, I guess most of those who opposed, feeling their jobs threatened, were therapists of one kind or another, and the wider community of medical people. Did many teachers and education administrators feel their jobs threatened? I suspect that they did not fear for their jobs as such but - in my experience - their objections were based in a perceived proprietorial right to run education and schools. Now that any Tom, Dick or Academy can run schools, that objection to CE can hardly can be uttered with any credibility. Which is why I wonder if now is the time again to be a little bolder. The warning from our history should be noted, however.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2014 on Being bold about conductive education at Paces
Is Personalisation failing? Professor Simon Duffy, the founder of "In Control" thinks so. ("Personalisation was supposed to empower vulnerable citizens. It has failed." Guardian 30 January 2014. Some of the Comments are interesting, too.) Intended as a more flexible and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Paces
Perhaps, sometimes, we in conductive education should just be a whole lot bolder. What if, while reading today, I had come across this about conductive education? What would you think? This book is not about making incremental improvements in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Paces
Just a quick 'heads up', as they say. A friend of Paces, John Rudkin, one time head of education sevices for Apple UK, and someone with a deep interest in teaching and learning (a man not afraid to use the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Paces
Six special free schools for pupils with autism and six more on the way? None for pupils with cerebral palsy? And you explain that, how, I wonder? From Hansard 9 January 2014: Oliver Colvile (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, Conservative) To... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Paces
This from Mumsnet. Can you help? "Hi I have two children aged 3 and 5 who both have got celebral palsy. They both have just been given statements however the school I asked for the LEA has not agreed to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Paces
Ben, there's something in what you say but I suspect it's the "cut" or perhaps the material recorded, rather than the actual event. I wonder what's "on the cutting room floor?" Perhaps a different editor might have captured more of the enthusiasm, conveyed more of the energy and movement?
"If you read IPSEA’s very thorough analysis of the proposed legislation and Code of Practice, you will find a long, and quite frightening, list of existing protections which are not mentioned in the proposed reforms". So says Special Needs Jungle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Paces
Here it is, the official video of our 8th World Congress. Just click on the link. There are 2 videos, one above the other - it's the lower one you need to play. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Paces
By "encouragement" I meant the encouragement to travel bravely on behalf of what I took CE to be about; by "discouragement" I meant the warning not to be tempted by the siren voices that beset CE. (On the latter, to mix metaphors, I recall your "elephant in the room" speech in Munich.) Andrew, I will another time perhaps try to address each of your points. For now, I would just say that we in conductive education in the UK can engage or not engage. The choice is ours, individually and severally. As regards my first two 'straws', we can choose to make our voices heard about training and assessment or we can choose to be silent. We can choose to seek to influence public policy on training and assessment or we leave others to do so for us. We can choose, by our own efforts, to show others what training and assessment might really mean, or we can practice our craft in isolation from other practitioners & policy-makers. As for my third 'straw', we can choose to work together, collaborating, cooperating or coordinating our efforts or we can each go our own way, the weakest to the wall first, in my view. It is a rough road. We need constant reminders to be brave. Choosing silence, isolation and separatism is not for me a viable option. The Will to do so comes before the How, as I see it. Failure is, indeed, an option, maybe even a likelihood. Not to try at all is not. At least for me. A life-raft? A life-boat? I pushed out a little boat last November at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Others, seeing the need, found something a bit bigger, a bit more robust. A year on, a sail has been rigged up. Now, we must be sure of our direction. I shall write about the good ship ActionCP in a blog post shortly.
Andrew Sutton left a Comment on my recent blog posting "Some SEN Statementing questions answered by Special Needs Jungle" in the form of a link to a posting on his own blog where, after leading in with a clip from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Paces
Best just go straight to Tania Tirraoro's post on Special Needs Jungle to read all the answers in full. Lots of good advice, too. Here are the questions, with some single word answers: Can I still apply for a statement... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Paces
I do so agree, Andrew: teachers "are as a group year by year less and able to offer an informed opinion on whether they are adequately trained or not." As far as I am aware, the SEN element of initial teacher training is predominately disability rights, history of disability and inclusion studies. There simply is no disability-specific ITT in the UK (other than some excellent opportunities for ITT in sensory impairments). I would be delighted to be proved wrong.
The oral question was asked by Emma Lewell-Buck (S Shields Lab) of the Children's Minister, Edward Timpson: “What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the training and support available for the teaching of children with special educational needs."... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Paces
The best bit is the contribution by Claire Dorer CEO of the National Association of Independent and non-maintained special schools. But it's great to see cross-party support in minority-Labour-run Merton defending the real cost of special education. I missed it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Paces