Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

The Boy Child's Headmaster spoke to me at drop-off this morning re our recent meeting.  We want full-time hours, 25 hours per week, of one-to-one support for The Boy Child and while he supports us in this, he is hearing that no child in our borough is currently receiving more than 20 hours after a review.
I've spent a good deal of time today looking at The Boy Child's timetable to see where we could make up some time.  His school day, excluding breaks and lunch, is 5 hours and 5 minutes.
There are several areas where The Boy Child does not need support ~ break times, lunch, Games.  But even so, I still can't get the number of hours needed down to 20 or below.
Frustrating.

Zoom In, Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more on her blog.

13 comments:

helena said...

pleased to wee their music class is melodious - although I did attend a creativity workshop where the teacher claimed listening to annoying music made you more creative so played loud and screechy music all day!

So frustrating that provisions does not match the reality of a school day

Ida said...

Hopefully you will get this resolved. It's great that you are so involved with this. It's hard dealing with the "system" at times.

debs14 said...

He certainly has busy days for a young boy! Even at our school which is age 11 - 18 they only have 5 periods of 1h each.
I do hope that you manage to find a way round this but 5 hours is a large percentage of what you feel he needs. It's such a shame that the budget that schools have is so unwieldly.

Alison said...

How frustrating, Ruth...wish I could think off something that might help
Alison xx

Karen said...

Having been a teacher for 37 years, and having fought for many a child's needs during that time, I can deeply sympathize with your frustrations!

Amy said...

I too can sympathise - it is a challenging task getting all the support you need. On that note - it does sound like he will have considerable class time support - maximum hours allocated here are 15( in a mainstream school) and believe me, you have to fight tooth and nail for it! Crazy, crazy, frustrating stuff. Good luck :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Good luck to you on getting this resolved. I love the colors in your selections.
Rinda

Miriam said...

This is a great pair Ruth & I'm sorry that you are having to do so much fighting but It seems that it is the only way.

bettyl-NZ said...

These things have a way of working themselves out, so don't get discouraged. Great ZI-ZO shots.

Missus Wookie said...

I'm glad the headmaster is supporting you, hope you get the maximum available and are able to find ways to keep pushing forward to get what TBC needs.

alexa said...

Gosh, what a lot of hard work you are having to put in .... I so hope you get just what you need. I am remembering a poster that friends of ours had a quarter of a century ago. It said something like: "Won't it be a great day for education when pupils have everything they need, and the airforce has to hold a jumble sale for a new plane".

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Melissa Stebbins said...

I hope all your handwork pays off with a proper level of support. good luck.