I did my SEN governor duty today and spent the morning in the Learning Support department. They have recently bought a new program for helping children who have difficulties with reading, or with literacy generally. This one. It’s very good and has engaged the pupils’ interest. There is plenty of supplementary work as well as what they do on the computer – there were two boys reading a book about POW camp escapes afterwards and, with the teaching assistant, we all talked about it with interest. All the pupils doing the program have increased their reading and spelling scores; one lad’s spelling age has gone up by 2 years in a matter of weeks!
Afterwards, I had lunch at school and stayed for a meeting, which led to another one, and we finally rolled out at 6 o’clock. At least there had been buttered scones with cream and strawberries to keep our spirits up. The Sage, however, rather wondered what had happened to me and whether I was coming home at all.
This evening, I watched ‘The Lives of Others’, with Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch. Mühe died not long after the film was completed; he was only 3 months older than me. Good film. I’m not too clever at watching films with subtitles as I find it hard not to read while I watch television, so I put it on the computer where I am more likely to concentrate.
A friend phoned a while ago, asking to come and stay tomorrow night, which will be a pleasure. She’s giving a friend, over from California to visit her elderly mother, a lift to Lowestoft and she’ll come on over here after that.
I’m dismayed that I was stupid enough not to buy a ticket for me when I bought Ro’s for the Latitude festival in July. The splendid Okkervil River will be playing. Now the tickets are all sold out. Woe.