Does Grammar Matter?
As a writer and also an ex-teacher, I ask myself, on the issue of writing proficiency: how far does ‘correctness’ actually matter? When is it okay to break writing rules? Is misplaced political correctness creeping in to affect writing standards? I will explain. It seems that, in some British universities, guidance is being given that…Read more
Person-centred Planning: post-Covid
When it comes to preparing young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for independent adulthood and the world of work, person-centred planning is crucial. What is PCP? It’s at the heart of preparing all young people with SEND for adulthood, and has been around since the 1980’s, mentioned in various legislation. Post-Covid, PCP…Read more
Every Child (and Adult) Matters
Did you know that the DfES published ‘Every Child Matters’ in 2003? Its five goals deserve revisiting, following the Covid pandemic. Here they are: Health: physical and mental Safety: in and out of the home environment Achievement Making a contribution to society Economic well-being. Have these aims been realised for all children? No. It is…Read more
Catch up: Match up: Every Child Matters!
Build Back Better (BBB) has become the new mantra, following lockdown. But will the rebuilding of society after Covid address the inequalities (in Britain and other countries) that have always existed – yet been ignored? Will catch-up strategies enable us to close those deep, structural inequality gaps? Can society ever reach real inclusivity? If so,…Read more
Philosophers – where are you?
Ian Martin (Times 4.2.21) writes that we need philosophers to get us out of this mess we are in. He is right that, during this year long pandemic, few intellectuals have had much to say about the direction in which our country, and the world, might need to go when Covid has finally been brought…Read more