Attended one of the worst performing schools in England, received support from the worlds first dedicated center for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, was the only student to pass each of my subjects in the newly developed continues assessment educational framework which didn’t rely solely on final exams, I went on to write books for industry and partner with globally experts in improving medical healthcare.
Received support for Dyslexia from the Bloomfield clinic. opened in 1973, as the Worlds first purposed built dedicated centre for child development, with a multi-disciplinary team of Child Psychology and Psychiatry at Guy’s Hospital.
Today The learning center continues to provide children and young adults with specialist assessment and literacy teaching for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, and work primarily with families from poor socio-economic backgrounds who are unable to pay for specialist literacy teaching with assessment. Charity number: 1016894
I didn't share this info until recently when I discovered they are under threat of losing the building they occupy, and no replacement in sight.
The cost to society is far greater if their is a lack of investment in early professional assessment and learning support for Children, who can easily become frustrated and disillusioned with education and fall through the net, be exploited by others i.e. gangs, drugs and grooming, limiting their future educational outcomes / earning potential, and turning to crime to meet their future financial needs. - over half of adult prisoners have a reading age lower than 11. figures show only 5.1% of people with additional needs are in paid employment, employers may be missing out on a rich and untapped pool of talent.
Because of lack of focus by Consecutive governments, disadvantaged families find it difficult to gain access to professional assessment and learning support for there children and funding which they often have to meet the cost themselves, once the assessment has taken place delays in funding and access to professional learning support, mean children can wait long into their education. see MedicalTech
Update: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan March 2023 high needs funding will be rising to £10.1 billion - an increase of over 50% from the 2019-20 Gov report link
50 years on from when Bloomfields opening its doors, all Care and Health workers in England, connected with the CQC The Care Quality Commission are now Legally required to receive training in Learning disabilities and Autism, highlighting the need for professional understanding in care.
Met the current staff at the Bloomfield's in 2019 who are passionate about teaching all children to read, and have produced decoding English books tools for teachers, support staff and parents, for primary and secondary school age in line with the UK Department of Education's new systematic synthetic phonics SSP teaching programs link.
Bloomfield Centre Alumni include many successful Londoners amongst them, teachers, journalists, computer scientists and engineers. Famous dyslexic people in history include Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Branson and more..
I was technical assistant to a Blind Caribbean Poet (Trinidadian), speech to text, voice and text recognition technology have long been available to support people who are either visually impaired, learning disabilities, or amputees. Scottish missionary workers educated the illiterate Trinidadian Indians migrants and established the top schools seen today as the educated elite.
Trinidad has a low rate of literacy Libraries represent almost 2 per 100,000 of the population. This is lower than the averages for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (3.4 per 100,000) and the world (6.8 per 100,000), learning with mobile devices discussed with academics there real concern of shorter attention spans and the end of internet neutrality delivering paid content faster which easily diverts attention from studying and education. free Award winning library Libby App link simply sign in with your library card, which can be obtained online.
Late starters, Adult literacy for people with English as a second language, Current initiative for refugee communities from Syria and the Ukraine to tackle social exclusion, libraries of sanctuary link
Started digital design in the vicarage in Brixton South London the vicars son went on to work for computer games giant US Gold and later Tetras. The vicar became bishop of Southwark.
Interviewed by LWT London Weekend Television in 1983, drawing geometrical patterns at Victory School on the Aylesbury Estate the largest industrially built housing estate close to the Elephant and Castle in Southwark London.
At primary school sent a drawing to the British comic 2000 AD at the IPC media group HQ, the next week they published an editorial, saying they wishing to publish drawings but couldn't because some are in pencil and needed to be black ink for the publishing process,
invited to the Comic Book Studio's a short distance from school returning a number of times to meet the artists and shown inside the walk in Camera which transferred their oversized artwork into photo etched aluminum plates for print production, the Victoria and Albert Museum held a retrospective on the history of British graphic novel art of 2000AD.
Animating the the Worlds largest indoor theme part for Japanese entertainment company SEGA.
Later rewarded myself for upgrading industrial SLA living alone in a new city, I don't drink so didn't go out celebrating alone, instead I spent me small savings on the Original hand painted cell of the Iconic Credits Logo from the Cartoon Danger Mouse, a British animated television series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. featuring the eponymous Danger Mouse who worked as a secret agent a parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond.
involved in digitizing original art work for Disney, style sheets.
A member of my wider family was involved in Animating Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler story the Gruffalo the magical tale of a mouse who takes a stroll through the woods. Encountering three predators, a fox, an owl and a snake released in 2009, and a past model maker co worker's nephew was a model makers at Aardman Animations Limited the makers of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Morph.
Became a partner with the STFC, centre Global experts in improving healthcare.
My School was described by Ofsted as the worst performing state schools in England, The Peabody estate where I played became famous for gay man luring men to there death in a bath of Acid similar to the to TV show Breaking Bad.
We were taken to the Old Bailey, as a wake up call to take the right path, the students argued over a packet of crisps during a murder trial of a Rastafarian killed in rivalry and thrown out of 8th floor window a of block of flats.
With the early learning support I received and a peaceful calm home environment, spending my lunch break walking home to walk my dog and a healthy sandwich, I was the only student to pass every subject, reaching the local newspapers with no mention of my Dyslexia, invited to the Design Technology department in Jan 2014, its now the most sort after flagship Academy in London, identified as one of the most popular secondary schools in the Country in Aug 2013.
The worst state school in the county was transformed into the most successful and sort after School in London.
My mentor Bobby Sharavich the head of the Art department studied with the English painter David Hockney OM CH RA at the Royal College of Art (she was Borough group inspired), The Sixthform art department moved to a dedicated center on Commercial Way, North Peckham estate South London, one of the most deprived residential areas in Western Europe 1989-1991, "where my interest in social issues, including improving housing and local access to education and employment was born".
Sharavich told me of the difficult position she was in teaching the Fine Art syllabus which focused on Western European history and art theory to students recently from places which had a rich history of art and culture of there own.
My subjects included Fine Art, Textiles printmaking, Jewellery and Sculpture, and SLR Photography, and trained Camberwell School of Art and at Pelham Hall, Henry Moore Sculpture Studio Lambeth walk, by Doctor Who's FX artist 1960-70 that worked on the Daleks, remember an elderly lady urinating on pieces of copper for surface oxidation tests later published in a book of metal patina.
The era was the beginning of the end of apartheid in South African, the college joined Southwark Sixthform and moved a short distance to Bermondsey and was subjected to a hate campaign by English Far Right which included gun violence towards a Black student, after false claims the college which was at capacity, was not excepting local residents, the year before the racist murder of black British teenager Stephen Lawrence in South London in April 1993 and the high profile failings of the criminal investigation and trials, his brother Stuart Lawrence is now a Member of the London Policing Board, to monitor the Met. note: the Stephen lawrence inquiry took place at the Elephant and Castle.
The Young feeling like they needed to carry a tool to protect themselves, Peckham became synonyms with the teenage gang Black on Black murder of ten-year-old Nigerian schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000, while the area was undergoing redevelopment including at the end of the dry canal pathway the building of Peckham Library and community building designed by Alsop and Störmer, engineered by AKT II and won of the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.
While at Sir John Cass Uni was commissioned to make unique ear rings for a civil rights activist for the Australian Aboriginal people, and more recently helped launch Caribbean Digital Art Uni department on land donated by the Arawak indigenous peoples of northern South America and of the Caribbean.
Attended Central St Martins where the likes of Jarvis Cocker front man of Britpop band Pulp ‘Common People’ and Helen Folasade Adu CBE lead singer of Soul/Jazz band Sade attended a couple years previous, and the music was full of positive Vibes,
The classes on the top floor of the Old Daily Mirror building at Back Hill, Clerkenwell where very small compared to today in Kings Cross, strict selection the year before their where 36 students on the foundation today the numbers are in the thousands, having been invited around the workshops recently ranked second in the World for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings® second only to the RCA Royal College of Art.
The London Art School traditionally seen a middle class finishing school for young ladies, I stood shoulder to should with disabled friend who faced financial, physical and mental health issues and discrimination by elitist over privileged students, showing them by being another class of quality, out of the blue Many Years later was remembered and honored to be invited to his wedding.
The equivalent to a musician from the ghetto at the World’s top music school on the access course asked to preform to the graduating degree students and teach them.
At University I was the only male in the year, studied with international female students not dating any for three years, keeping professional respecting their creativity and intellect. I support Woman in STEM coming from a predominantly female industry knowing the high level of skill and talents often overlooked, UK woman in STEM has risen to 16% after years of campaigning, to increase inclusion and diversity.