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WITH THANKS TO THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER 8TH 0F SEPT 2016 

EXTRACTS OF A REPORT BY : ANUSHKA ASTHANA

SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR WARNS OF `US AND THEM` `DIVIDE .

MORE SELECTION WOULD EXACERBATE PROBLEMS , HE SAYS .

CALL TO FOCUS ON TEACHERS AND PARENTS INSTEAD .

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS EXPANSION RISKS DISASTER ,MAY IS WARNED .

THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR HAS WARNED THAT EXPANDING THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD BE A DISASTER ,A DAY AFTER IT EMERGED THAT THERESA MAY WAS CONCIDERING THE IDEA .

ALAN MILBURN ,THE FORMER LABOUR CABINET MINISTER WHO CHAIRS THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY COMMISSION ,SAID ENDING THE BAN ON BUILDING NEW SELECTIVE SCHOOLS RISKED CREATING AN “US AND THEM DIVIDE ” WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM .

HE SAID THAT PUPILS AT ENGLAND`S REMAINING 163 SELECTIVE STATE SCHOOLS WERE FOUR OR FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM INDEPENDENT PREP SCHOOLS THAN FROM THE DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS .

“THIS IS NOT SELECTION EDUCATIONALLY ,IT IS SELECTION SOCIALLY .IF (MORE OF ) THAT IS WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ,IT WILL NOT PROVIDE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DIVIDEND ,IT WILL BE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DISASTER “. SAID MILBURN .

ON TUESDAY AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT INDICATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO END THE MORATORIUM WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE HANDS OF A CIVIL SERVANT OUTSIDE DOWNING STREET .

MILBURNS COMMENTS CAME DURING A WIDE  – RANGING INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN IN WHICH HE CALLED ON MAY TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHIEST AND THE POOREST ,AND WARNED OF AN OVERWHELMING AND “FESTERING SENSE OF SOCIAL RESENTMENT “ACROSS BRITAIN .

“THE HISTORY OF OUR CONTINENT TELLS US WHEN A MAJORITY FEEL THEIR AMBITIONS BEING THWARTED AND THAT A MINORITY ARE FORGING AHEAD ,THINGS CAN TURN NASTY “,HE SAID ARGUING THAT THE SCALE OF THE BREXIT VOTE UNDERLINED THE CHALLENGE .MILBURN POINTED OUT THAT OF THE 65 AREAS OF THE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS COMMISSION AS THE WORST FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS ,ONLY THREE VOTED TO REMAIN .

STOP PRESS ………..STOP PRESS …………..STOP PRESS………….SEPTEMBER 9TH 2016

FRONT COVER OF THE  i  NEWSPAPER   :TEACHERS VOW TO BATTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS …….MAY GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR MORE SELECTIVE EDUCATION ,OVERTURNING 19-YEAR-OLD BAN …………..OPPOSITION PARTIES AND TEACHING UNIONS DETERMINED TO FIGHT REGRESSIVE MOVE .

 

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NEWS APPEARS IN THE CURRENT ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL VOL 44 NO:1 APRIL 2016 OF THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT .

THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT IN SALISBURY WON TWO AWARDS FROM THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND HERITAGE GROUP (CAHG ) IN 2015 ,ONE FOR INNOVATION AND THE OVERALL AWARD OF` COMMUNITY ARCHIVE  AND HERITAGE GROUP OF THE YEAR .

THE COMMUNITY HERITAGE AND ARTS PROJECT IS RUN BY THE ST EDMUNDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ,AND HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE HISTORY  THE AREA AROUND MILFORD STREET BRIDGE -A LARGE FLYOVER WHICH CARRIES THE CITY`S RING ROAD -FOR SOME TIME .

THE FLYOVER WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY 1970 S AND FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS ITS BARE CONCRETE WALLS WERE A GIANT EYESORE .IN 2010 WE GOT PERMISSION TO PAINT A MURAL ON ONE OF THE WALLS ,SHOWING LIFE AS IT HAD BEEN IN THE AREA “BEFORE THE BRIDGE “

WE INTERVIEWED MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LIVED AND WORKED THERE AND COLLECTED A GREAT ARCHIVE OF MEMORIES AND PICTURES .THESE CAN NOW BE ACCESSED ON THE ORGANISATIONS WEBSITE .

RITA JACOB ,WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT FROM ITS BEGINNING AS A CONTRIBUTOR AND VOLUNTEER ,RECALLS THAT : “ON THE DAY THE PROJECT LAUNCHED AT ST MARTINS I STOOD WITH SOME OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS OPPOSITE THE SITE OF MY HOUSE AND THE PAST HIT ME LIKE A BRICK

PARTICULARLY THE NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH I LIVED FOR TWENTY – ONE YEARS .FOR THIS REASON THE PROJECT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIVE AND CARTHARTIC EXPERIENCE ,AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD I KNEW SO WELL .

MOREOVER ,BEING INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OF THE PROJECT ,I LEARNT NEW SKILLS ,AND MET LOVELY PEOPLE ,MY HOUSE ,ALSO LIVING ON IN THE MURAL!LONG MAY IT CONTINUE !”

FURTHER DETAILS: WEBSITE : www.milfordstreetbridgeproject.org.uk

 

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GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE    CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX ENGLAND 2014

THE GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE PROJECT IS A COMMUNITY BASED HERITAGE AND ARTS PROGRAMME THAT IS EXPLORING THE HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE GRAYLINGWELL HOSPITAL FROM 1894 TO THE PRESENT .

THIS YEAR LONG PROJECT INCLUDES A VARIETY OF EVENTS ,COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOPS ,RESEARCH AND HERITAGE TALKS AND ORAL HISTORIES .

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES , STORIES , OBJECTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS .

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP SHAPE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT .

CONTACT : e : heritage @chichestercdt .org .uk    www.graylingwellheritage .co.uk   tel : 01243 697 072

SPONSORED BY : THE NATIONAL LOTTERY    HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND    CHICHESTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST   PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY  WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE   UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER               LAUNCH SPONSORED BY   : LINDEN HOMES .

 

GET INVOLVED IN AN EXCITING PROJECT THAT EMPOWERS PEOPLE , AND THAT WILL BRING ABOUT A  CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ,ON  HOW OUR  SOCIETY VIEWS MENTAL HEALTH .  PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN .

 

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LIFE STORIES : PERSON CENTERED CARE  .                   News From The  Oral History Society Journal Spring 2012

Funding is coming from The Department of Health to produce a national project that will “support the delivery of new ways of working to realise dementia – friendly communities with well trained staff” .

“The development and use of Life Stories is one of the keys to delivering person centered care by placing the individual and their biography at the heart of care and support.It provides people with a practical set of tools to help them engage with the real person, and see beyond their illness , disability or diagnosis, thus ensuring that their basic human rights are acknowledged and respected”.

In the longer term the project will contribute to a reduction in the use of anti- psychotic drugs , and influence ` outcome –  based  commissioning` for work with dementia.

For details on this exciting and innovative project , take a look at their website:

www.lifestorynetwork.org.uk/your-story-matters/

 

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Oral History is an empowerment process for people . You can record your history using your perhaps,  hidden skills to record your past and present day life . Peoples history has not always been valued , now is your chance to change this .People have  been enabled to tell their  history, in their way ,relatively recently with  advent of the recording process that was set in motion by the University of Chicago in  America . New technology  meant that the process became availabIe for all to use , enjoy , and to benefit from.

Prior to this, Oral History began centuries ago with  the native shaman or shamankas (wise people) and with  the community  in various societies around the world . Peoples history was passed on by the spoken word and in artistic symbolism  to record and enlighten future generations. It is a vitally important craft.

BUT……….IT CAN BE FUN TOO!

Oral History can be used in a variety of different settings ,some of which are; A funded project, life long learning , schools, instituitions, community, volunteer projects, or…..academic ,to name just a few.

The enjoyment of learning becomes evident when people are shown the skill of recording their life histories  as individuals or in a group. By people  being  taught the skill of interviewing , photography , and art and then placing this in an historical context it provides substantiation of what is being recorded by them .This can be produced as exhibitions or in book form. It can look and sound stunning as it brings to life, memories, and history too.

All age groups can benefit by the  new skills learnt and above all they have a voice . It is an invaluble process for learning ,leisure , enjoyment and making a statement of ones own.

I have taught this process for a number of years and am a member of the Oral History Society of Great Britain. If you or your group are interested in  knowing more about  courses, workshops , and the consultation service that I offer on Oral History and the  Arts then contact me , Pat Carter.

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Living Memories – People’s History . People  from  Portsmouth, Hampshire, and West Sussex. Everyone has a story to tell, even people who have lived what he or she thinks of as an unremarkable life. There is no such thing as ‘ordinary’ and everyone’s life experiences are different. When looking back on the past, today’s generation are fascinated by how their ancestors lived. What  is  not valued   during  a  lifetime  becomes valued  with the passing of  the years and with recognition of achievements. With the pace of change accelerating, this  fascination is  increasing. 

 I have recorded the lives of many  people in the South. Men like the underage sailor who joined the navy in Portsmouth  and later witnessed first-hand the Russian Revolution and the first Falklands War. Women like the World War 1 Clippie on the Portsmouth Trams  who was forced to leave her job when it was reclaimed by a man who came home from the war. 

 To read more on these peoples’ history click here.

 To start a community history and arts  project or to record you living memories  to pass onto your family, please see my Oral History page. Your memories – the most personal legacy you can leave.

Content  c copyright Pat Carter 2011

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Four Dyslexia Centres on the Isle of Wight are to be closed by the IW County Council. The direct teaching service currently being delivered at these centres will discontinue. Responsibility for pupils with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) will move into Island classrooms. Schools will be given the funding to train classroom teachers to support dyslexic children within mainstream eductation. One part-time Dyslexia Centre teacher who will be made redundant has decided to work directly with schools and parents. Sarah Luke believes one-to-one direct teaching is more beneficial as it is her area of expertise. However, she does not explain how this will be achieved. Will funding be available for her to be employed by the schools? If not then parents only remaining option is to hire her to work with their child.

Pat Carter already works privately on a one-to-one basis with students who  have  dyslexia . She  empowers them to construct  their  essays by using a unique blend of methods and skills. See the Testimonials below and on the Testimonials page.

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