Just a few reasons why music (and particularly group music) is so important in education

(Post made at 1220 UK time on 28 Dec 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). In today's world in which very many children have a very short attention span and very often call out/take a sip from a water bottle, taking part in a group musical activity (such as … Continue reading Just a few reasons why music (and particularly group music) is so important in education

Bournemouth and Poole College: a failure of governance because of a lack of accountability and little apparent concern for ethics

(Post made at 2245 BST on 25 Sep 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). In my opinion a flawed complaints system (which is being used to silence criticism rather than address it) is preventing accountability for poor practices.  In what way is the College accountable for what I believe … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College: a failure of governance because of a lack of accountability and little apparent concern for ethics

My concerns about the current operation of the College’s Complaints Policy

(Post made at 1957 BST on 15 Sep 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).  In my opinion, based on my recent experience, there are many things about the current operation of the Bournemouth and Poole College's Complaints Policy that are inconsistent with good practice. Here are some of them:The … Continue reading My concerns about the current operation of the College’s Complaints Policy

No response yet from BPCollege to my letter re significant concerns about the impartiality and fairness of recent complaint investigation

(Post made at 2354 BST on 31 Jul 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests. Update 01 Sep 2017: response eventually received from the College, please see the comment below this post).  This is a follow up to the preceding post.  Here is a copy of an email I … Continue reading No response yet from BPCollege to my letter re significant concerns about the impartiality and fairness of recent complaint investigation

One more witness confirms s/he was not contacted by the College/Independent Investigator

(Post made at 1757 BST on 18 Jul 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests)So far this makes a total of 6 supportive witnesses who say they were not contacted, and 2 who were, but were given a very unreasonable deadline (just over three hours before midnight to reply … Continue reading One more witness confirms s/he was not contacted by the College/Independent Investigator

In my opinion the impartiality and fairness of the investigation carried out cannot be relied upon (key witnesses not contacted + other irregularities)

(Post made on 17 Jul 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).  This is a follow up to the preceding post.  This is a copy of an email just sent to the Bournemouth and Poole College.Open letter:Dear Quality team and Bournemouth and Poole College PrincipalIn fact I have since heard … Continue reading In my opinion the impartiality and fairness of the investigation carried out cannot be relied upon (key witnesses not contacted + other irregularities)

Formal complaint to Bournemouth & Poole College was not upheld "no witnesses came forward to support": several confirm they were NOT contacted …

(Post made on 14 Jul 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).Copy of email sent to Bournemouth and Poole College's Quality Department (the department that handles complaints, any letters or emails of complaint are sent to this department for action)From: Patrick Lee Sent: 14 July 2017 17:27To: 'Quality' Subject: RE: … Continue reading Formal complaint to Bournemouth & Poole College was not upheld "no witnesses came forward to support": several confirm they were NOT contacted …

Serious question marks over the ethical standards and culture at the WYO/Bournemouth and Poole College

(Post made at 2110 UK time on 08 Jun 2017. This post is made on a personal basis, as a member - and until 4 February 2017 Chairman -of SWYM because of my significant concerns about the running of the musically excellent Wessex Youth Orchestra, and about recent aspects of the governance of SWYM and … Continue reading Serious question marks over the ethical standards and culture at the WYO/Bournemouth and Poole College