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Degrees of inclusion

13 Nov

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I just wanted to congratulate the College of Policing, no, seriously.  In one glorious stroke you have denegrated every Police Officer without a degree.  As if the media and gvt attacks upon their credibility were not enough to chip away at their self esteem and well being!  You appear to have said that their personal experience, commitment and dedication is worth not a jot!  Good morale boost that.  From the outside it looks like a ploy to give your own existence meaning and sustainability.  At what price?

How are you ever going to get inclusion right if you can’t even include the bulk of your own workforce?  Is a degree the only way to prove that on one day at a particular time critical thinking skills were apparent: ok, that was under exam conditions, with weeks to prepare and not during a life and death scenario those who do that and have done that haven’t got the paper to prove it so it doesn’t count right?  That can’t be measured. 

I am not usually so critical (well not often) how are you going to rebuild the officers you have just knocked down?  How are you going to ensure that those already there are going to have their experience and competence recognised, particularly in the future when a *qualified* officer and an established one are applying for promotion a few years down the track?  That’s supposing that the established officers stay around that long to find out!  Hmmm, mass leaving would certainly save money on redundancy pay when compulsory severance comes in wouldn’t it?

Jules

The ALWAYS Factor

6 Feb
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When I taught in primary school we had a weekly *achievement assembly*. Traditionally this was where academic success and successfully *modified* behaviour issues were rewarded with a certificate and applause standing in front of the school.
Both ideas have their place in society yet it troubled me.  What about all those children who are overlooked and undervalued just because they do what is expected all the time?
If those children were not present in the class  teaching would be practically impossible!I decided to begin to acknowledge this category of people as my *Always Children*  The assembly came and the Head called out two previously unnoticed children, with a quizzical expression I was invited to say why they had been nominated.
The staff and many *regular* standers looked at me as if I was nuts when I praised them individually for being reliable and trusted class members ALWAYS doing what was expected.

Something interesting happened. Some slumped children in the hall sat a little more upright. The children named looked stunned but began to glow.  I did this every couple of weeks.  The overall confidence and personal achievement of ALL class members began to improve as they recognised each other’s value.  Other teachers began to use the idea too.  The morale in school was better.

How many people are there in all walks of life who are overlooked and undervalued just because the attention seekers or the high flyers are the ones who seize (sometimes literally) the spotlight of recognition?

What is the point of NOT acknowledging those whose contribution is the hub of any organisation’s ability to function smoothly?  Why does our society not recognise their value?  I look around and see many *ALWAYS* children who are now adults. You are vital people.

Thank you… ALWAYS  xx

Jules 🙂
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