The day that…

This post is my entry into the The Day That… blogger photo competition.

We knew they were going to put something in the paper…the journalist had phoned earlier in the week for a chat…he explained that sometimes the editor cuts the articles short or cuts them out altogether. So we imagined that, at most, there would be a little snippet, perhaps a little filler article about our son Joshua.

So when we went to pick up our copy of the local paper, this is not what we expected to see on the billboard outside. The paper had a full page article celebrating Joshua’s achievements since leaving school, whilst trying to overcome the daily difficulties he faces with having aspergers syndrome.

For most parents,  the camera comes out on a childs first day at school. Feeling proud of your son or daughter wearing their school uniform for the first time. For me, the camera came out to celebrate taking him out of school. It had taken over 18 months to gradually rebuild his confidence, to give him a sense of self worth again, to show him that we believed in him, even though his school teachers hadn’t.

Somehow seeing it in black and white, made the significance of this special day all the more poignant. It marked the complete end of what had been an extremely difficult journey for Joshua and the beginning of a new adventure. This boy who had been written off by the education system and could easily have become just another statistic – part of the 91% of primary school children in our county who had been permanently excluded from their school due to having a special educational need such as ASD or ADHD.

But Josh has been able to show the world that he has been able to achieve far more out of the school system than over a dozen teachers, experts and professionals could ever have achieved when he was in school.

Joshua…we are so proud of you for who you are…well done!



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2 responses to “The day that…

  1. You have me in tears. Beautiful post, truly beautiful.

    You are an amazing mother and father to have fought so hard for your son and his educational rights. As a primary school teacher I feel I should apologise for those who have let your son down, it’s not good enough to have written one so young off. Especially nowadays when we are so caring about the entire wellbeing of a child, and emotional wellbeing is paramount.

    (As an aside, my biggest regret in teaching is when I had to take two weeks off due to an operation, when I was teaching 9-10 year olds. They were the year group from hell and I couldn’t get a supply for the class so didn’t go on any courses or take any sick leave the entire year. I kept every child in the class every day and taught them thoroughly. During my two necessary weeks off, the headteacher excluded three of them and I was broken hearted)

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I actually cut out at least half of what I was going to write because it was just bringing back too many painful memories and we are really focussing on moving forward and making the most of all the positives right now. We actually know there are some really wonderful teachers out there but all too often the demands placed on them by the ‘system’ mean that they are not enabled and empowered to be all that they can be either. I just wanted to say thank you, as it is always a real encouragement to find that there are people out there who do understand. Thank you! x

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