Month: December 2011

Raising the Age in 2013

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Do we appear to have our heads in the sand about the impact of 2013 on our colleges?  Particularly FE.  Or is it just me??

What I mean to say is, some of our less enthusiastic learners will soon be populating our colleges. What measures are being put in place to help teaching and support staff to manage these reluctant learners?

I’m definitely a ‘cup half-full’ kind of person and I do believe that continuing on in education and training post 16 will be a fantastic opportunity for our school-leavers.  They will gain new work and life skills, not just for the job market as we have always known it; it’s also a great opportunity to shape up for the new uncertain world which we are all having to adjust to.

But we have to get it right.  We can’t afford to lose sight of the burgeoning cost of supporting non-workers.  Our...

Behaviour – Why ME?

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I remember precisely the moment when my mainstream classroom became an inclusive one.  And it caused a great deal of anguish.  I was informed by Additional Learning Support that one of my students would be bringing along a Learning Support Assistant due to the fact that he (the student) had no hands.  I was outraged – how was I supposed to teach ICT to someone with no hands?  I ranted on to the ALS manager but she told me I ought to see how the student progressed before making judgments.  Angry and confused about the consequences to my nice neat lesson plan, I argued and begged but she did not capitulate.  Who was I judging, me or the student?  As it transpired, the student was an Afghanistan refugee who was the victim of torture.  His hands (and some of his toes) had been removed as a consequence of being...

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