The child had been through a tough few years and would have benefited massively from Wessex Youth Orchestra membership, but was refused

(Post made at 1602 GMT on 16 Mar 2019 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). This child was older than his/her peers in Wessex Middle Strings due to having had to take significant time off from school for medical reasons, but was a loyal, enthusiastic and regular attendee … Continue reading The child had been through a tough few years and would have benefited massively from Wessex Youth Orchestra membership, but was refused

When I wrote this article last year, I had Bournemouth and Poole College’s poor treatment of this child in mind

(Post made at 0231 GMT on 29 Dec 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). When I wrote last year about a young deaf violinist but didn't feel able to recommend the Wessex Youth Orchestra or Centre for Wessex Young Musicians, I had this case (and one more) in … Continue reading When I wrote this article last year, I had Bournemouth and Poole College’s poor treatment of this child in mind

Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (3: perceived bullying and an unhealthy culture at WYO)

(Post made at 0840 GMT on 9 Dec 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). This is a follow up to this post. This is another part of the evidence that I presented to the College and the “Independent Investigator” during my formal complaint of May 2017.  Evidence which … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (3: perceived bullying and an unhealthy culture at WYO)

The parents did everything possible – but the Wessex Youth Orchestra and Bournemouth and Poole College let their child down badly

(Post made at 1234 GMT on 10 Nov 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). This is a follow up to this post. I cried when I read the email turning down the child's application to join the WYO Shortly after finding out that the family were leaving the … Continue reading The parents did everything possible – but the Wessex Youth Orchestra and Bournemouth and Poole College let their child down badly

Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (2: very insensitive treatment of disabled pupil & family)

(Post made at 1150 GMT on 10 Nov 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). This is a follow up to this post. This is just part of the evidence that I presented to the College and the “Independent Investigator” during my formal complaint of May 2017.  Evidence which … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (2: very insensitive treatment of disabled pupil & family)

Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (1: poor cooperation/excessive pressure)

(Post made at 2131 UK GMT time on 04 Nov 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). This is just part of the evidence that I presented to the College and the "Independent Investigator" during my formal complaint of May 2017.  Evidence which the investigator (from View HR Ltd) … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College and the Wessex Youth Orchestra: uncomfortable evidence (1: poor cooperation/excessive pressure)