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I agree. Progress is progress and achievement is achievement. It’s okay not to know the answers - yet!
My daughter sat her GCSE English 5 times before she passed. I’d call her tenacious and that’s what allowing children to try again builds. I passed my driving test on the 4 attempt so my previous errors become lessons in themselves rather than failings.
I finished school with very low grades and now I’m on my 3rd masters with a pending PhD application. Yes, life does work this way of you let it. Some things are more challenging for some people than others. Nonetheless. We are all equal.
I’d rather say to a child or young person that they haven’t managed it yet than ever say they have failed. They’re on a journey and they are growing. We draw these lines in the sand and say you must know by that stage or it doesn’t count.
I can tell you, it counts just as much after the line in the sand. But you have more bruises from the knocks of believing you have failed.
Children don’t fail.
Systems do!
We need to challenge the system and that starts with challenging our own assumptions.
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Scaffolding is the way!I just want to acknowledge Parents for ADHD Advocacy Australia for their amazing advocacy efforts. Thank you from all of us! One day the powers that be will hear you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a little snippet on preparing children for returning to school for a new school year or even term - obviously recorded before lockdown. 🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

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May 2019

ADHD is not a label. It is a useful diagnosis. It is not an excuse either, but it is an explanation of why is struggling. It is estimated that children with ADHD receive 20,000 more negative comments by the age of 12 than neurotypical children (Additude Magazine). This amounts to 4.56 additional messages per day that tell a child they are not good enough - and this is largely for things outside of their control. If a child is told that they are lazy, stupid, annoying, naughty, sloppy etc. enough