25th June 2021
It’s that time of year again when children are experiencing big changes in their life whatever age they maybe. For some it maybe their last day in Primary School or Secondary School. For others, it maybe results time for University students.
I wish you all the best of luck. Emotions will be high, anxiety and fear together with nervous excitement for the future. If this year has taught us anything it is that none of us truly know what the future holds for us. So we need to appreciate the here and now and enjoy the celebrations. With those tantalising possibilities of what the future could hold, be inspired to reach your goals.
Last weeks blog was about a ‘creative resilient dyslexic’, Jay Blades. Who overcame difficulties in education and racial discrimination to this month receiving an MBE.
This week I wish to focus on a young individual with a similar story. Who, like Jay blades, felt his life turn around with the diagnoses of dyslexia.
Both examples of why early idenfication and diagnoses is so important.
William Carter, now 22, has severe dyslexia and dyspraxia, and was put in the bottom set in all subjects at primary school and teased because he could not read.
He has now graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honours degree in politics and international relations.
Read his story it is inspiring.
It is refreshing that William identifies the support of Teaching Assistants which have helped in his achievements.
“People often look down at people with teaching assistants or view them as unnecessarily or a waste of money – but without them I wouldn’t have got through secondary school.”
Early identification provides opportunities and access to further support which is so needed.
The 22-year-old said: “I can honestly say that the teaching and mentoring I received from my academic advisors at Bristol University was second to none – all of which made clear to me that higher education isn’t just about what you are taught, but how you are taught it and how this makes you feel.”
While in Bristol, William and his academic advisor Dr Jonathan Floyd began planning a new initiative to get political theory taught more widely in UK secondary schools; meeting with lords, MPs, educators and government officials to garner support for the scheme, which they hope to launch soon.
I support this initiative, education and awareness is the key to successful change.
To all students out there, and parents, enjoy the celebrations for what has been achieved so far and be inspired to dream big for the future.