Sarah Simons

My Thursday gang flies high

Teaching adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in the community can be a joyful experience – and make educators better at their job, says Tes FE columnist Sarah Simons

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In the “finding stuff out and writing stuff down” portion of my working week, I sometimes get the opportunity to wander into areas of society that are unfamiliar to me.

I’ve spent a day in a high-security prison learning about education from a prisoner in his cell. I’ve been to barracks the size of a small town to find out how the military train instructors. These places are societal ecosystems which support huge numbers of the population, but they can be overlooked unless you happen to be directly involved – just like the FE and skills sector. I know all about that one. Or I thought I did.

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