Just heard on the TV lunchtime news that due to more funding cuts schools may have to cut down the number of teachers and teaching assistances they employ, this angers me greatly as I went to a special needs school, and each class had its own dedicated teacher and teaching assistant, maybe because it was a special needs school it was able to access increased funding, therefore, could employ more staff than the average school.
What worries and frustrates me is that the school I went to was closed and merged with another school whose pupils have physical disabilities, the educational boards say if a pupil has been statemented with a special need they will give the school extra money to support that child through their educational pathway, I know of many people who have gone through the school system and even through university knowing that they struggle but have never received the help and support they needed, all the way through feeling worthless and stupid. Hearing of these cuts only increases my frustration that if the funding is cut the people who will suffer will be the children who aren’t coping with traditional teaching methods.
Maybe this is a time for the education sector to rethink its models of learning, to accept one size doesn’t fit all, and that those of us who are dyslexic can excel if we are given the right support and time.
I know this isn’t new news, but I needed time to mull this over, and now I’m ready to vent forth.
I’m concerned by the news, that the met police announced that there are a number of currently serving officers who failed their DRB checks, yet are allowed to wear the uniform, and have all the rights and privileges attaining to that high office, who in the name of all that is holy has ever thought this was acceptable?
Let’s face it, if you feel there is a need to call the police, you would expect the officer that is coming to assist you isn’t, as they say colloquially “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” The new head of the met is rightly speaking out and is promising to fix this. When I was school age, we were always told that if you ever feel in danger find a policeman or woman, you’re safe with them, these days I ask, who is safe, just because the uniform they are wearing should be a beacon of hope, of reassurance, now feels more like a beacon to avoid crashing into something even worse.
We live in a broken world with many people fractured, stressed, and scared, we need a police force that supports, and holds up the rights and rules of a just society I think there needs to be a root and branch moral and ethical review of how the met and the wider policing conduct themselves,
what criteria are used when searching for new recruits
how is training used to mould these recruits into becoming officers with integrity and moral standing
Are there regular reviews – holistic in approach
I want a police force that we can be proud of, that can be trusted and with the highest moral and ethical standing, and most of all, one that is accountable (no scapegoats) for its actions.