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PacesCEO
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.
Recent Activity
"Independent living for disabled people is in reverse, six years on from a government strategy to deliver improved choice and opportunity". So says the Community Care website review of a report by Jenny Morris for In Control and Disability Rights... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Paces
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On 15th July, Action Cerebral Palsy (ActionCP) was back in Parliament for the second session of the Parliamentary inquiry, led by Paul Maynard MP. This time, the Inquiry heard from specialists from a number of ActionCP consortium centres. We at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Paces
I have asked before on this blog, who speaks up for those with cerebral palsy. Once again I notice the energy and focus the National Autistic Society brings to speaking up for their people. NAS has launched "Careless" - a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Paces
This report of the first evidence sesssion has kindly been contributed by Ian Sansbury on behalf of Action Cerebral Palsy: Action Cerebral Palsy – First Evidence Session The first evidence session of the Action Cerebral Palsy parliamentary inquiry took place... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Paces
Andrew Sutton has asked me to post this Comment: Actually, the overview of CE given by My Child is not a bad account. It suffers a little from the common Anglo-Saxon emphasis on in-group teaching, with their usual distorting emphasis of what it calls six 'components' (those usually five dodgy 'principles' renamed and recounted), and what looks like Western-style, non-dynamic assessment. It is still rather better, however, than most general overviews written by devotees and widely published on line by centres and other sources within the world of Conductive Education. I wonder who wrote it. Somebody sharp and able to sift through fuddled, ill-stated professional documentation? A lawyer perhaps, who has had to take a critical view of what can be found to read about CE? I don't know about the word 'devotee' – it smacks of condescension, hardly justified if written from within the paradigm of the established services . It could be worse, though – what about 'supporter'?
So the cost of Autism in the UK is £32bn a year, according to a report published on the BBC News website. Research suggests the economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime (£1.5m in the UK and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Paces
OK. Arguments for and against from conductors, please. Would you have one in your centre? "A skatepark designed specifically for wheelchair users is being planned by a children's charity." BBC News "Petersfield wheelchair skatepark planned" Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Paces
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CORRECTION: Natalie Yarrow's telephone number is: 07733 503592 Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Paces
Zoe Williams in 'The Guardian': "Is misused neuroscience defining early years and child protection policy? The idea that a child's brain is irrevocably shaped in the first three years increasingly drives government policy on adoption and early childhood intervention. But... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2014 at Paces
"Diversity has come to mean diversity for my views, inclusiveness to mean inclusive of non-dissenting beliefs, openness to mean openness to ideas that I already accept." So writes Kenan Malik in a post on freedom of speech "Conforming not transforming"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Paces
Scope has decided to close 11 care homes to help residents 'integrate with society'. via www.theguardian.com "Why is this happening? Well, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the UK government in 2009,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 21, 2014 at Paces
Let me speak plainly. This website is trash http://conductive-world.com/about-us.html 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 Apr 11, 2014 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
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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