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It's been a while and I do apologise for that to anyone who still finds their way here amongst all the September flurry and excitement. It's been a difficult few months for me professionally as we fought to maintain our teaching programme amidst funding changes, funding cuts and the latest bright idea. To turn our centre into the local job centre sausage factory where all levels showed up at once for short programmes that would have inveitably turned into little more than workshops and taken the quality of what we do and the life completely away. I had serious thoughts of quitting all together.
However, October's here - we've found some funding, we've also found a compromise whereby 75% of our provision remains the same, 25% is used for job centre clients. The programme will be short and intense but hopefully now should also provide some quality and the possibility for progression.
Whilst the funding situation still looks dire for next year, the threat of a third OFSTED inspection in as many years looms over us and the usual drain of paperwork on paperwork threatens to overwhelm I feel much more positive.
After all the delays classes have started, most of my students are delightful and the ones that are harder work provide an interesting challenge and for me, most importantly, I've found some creative inspiration once more which is, at the moment, a big part of what keeps me going! So here's to this year may it be brighter, more fruitful and more inspiring than the one before, for both me and my students! :-)