After much tooing and froing I have now booked my ‘Review of Needs’ at my Undergraduate University on the same day as I had previously arranged, just 15 minutes earlier. This means that I’ll be travelling through rush hour but I reckon if I set off when Greg does at 8 I should have plenty of time for the 45 minute journey and I can always get a coffee and take my Kindle while I wait. In fact, it’ll be a good opportunity for us to try out our morning routine. All’s well that ends well, I hope. Watch this space.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
I feel like I haven’t written for ages. I think that’s partly because I’ve just been working, reading and auditing my current knowledge for my PGCE but also I’ve just been wishing my time away until Easter. Finally it’s here and I’m taking the opportunity to have a rest, read for pleasure, spend some time with Greg and bully him into doing some work on the house. My brother has been to visit the house for the first time this weekend and my Mum and her partner are coming to see next weekend.
I’ve also sorted my DSA Assessment of Needs, or thought I had. Despite me ringing up to clarify, sending all my paperwork off, booking my appointment including arranging time off and booking a parking space etc it seems that I cannot do my assessment at my University where I’ll be doing my PGCE, despite me ringing up to make sure that this would be OK. I have to go back to the University where I did my undergraduate degree and have my Review of Needs there. This makes no sense to me, I mean, what if I’d done my undergraduate degree down in London? I’m very angry about it however, I’ll be ringing up to have it all sorted tomorrow after the bank holiday and I’m hoping that I can book it for the same date as I’d booked the other one. Watch this space.
For those of you that didn’t see this on facebook, I thought you might find this interesting.
While I can’t say that this is exactly what I see, it is the best representation that I’ve come across. The words ‘shimmer’ and move around on the page and I used to dyscribe it as like a holograph. Sometimes the words ‘dribble’ down the page, as well as across, like a waterfall. So, for those of you teaching Dyslexic or SEND students – here’s an insight!
“Kat would you just cover this lesson please?”
*Duly goes to lesson.*
“Ah I don’t think S is here today …”
“Miss, my pen has leaked!”
“Ah, Miss Brown would you just mind clearing that up?”
*Takes student to faculty room – locked.*
*Takes student to closest bathroom – no paper towel.*
*Grabs tissue paper and shoves it into the offending pocket getting ink all over hands.*
*A voice in the corridor.*
“Miss, I don’t think that handwriting session is going to work for me as it clashes with blahblahblah.”
“Right, M come with me. T you can go back to lesson now.”
*While comparing timetables in a corridor.*
“Miss, A has got their phone out but they’re refusing to hand it over, please could you ring BFL.”
“Right, M come with me.”
*Goes to faculty room – locked.*
*Walks to BFL, delivers message.*
“Right, M come with me.”
*Sort’s timetable clash to the satisfaction of 6 parties.*
“Miss, I can’t open this file.”
“Ah well D, speak to Miss Brown – she’s really great at computers!”
*Student sounds surprised.*
*Goes and does photocopying.*
*Wolfs down snack bar.*
*Goes to lesson.*
“Hi Miss, D isn’t here, they’re having a meltdown in the faculty room.”
“How? I saw them less than 15 minutes ago!”
*Sets off for faculty room, glances down at watch – 10.05*
So, I’ve wasted no time getting this underway. As soon as I knew I’d met all the criteria of my offer and Student Finance opened, which has actually happened within days of each other, I made a start.
I went to the Student Finance website and started a new application for the year I wanted (2016/17). It was a pretty self explanatory question and answer session and all I needed was my National Insurance number and passport.
Things were a little more complicated for me because I also have to apply for DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance). Once I’d applied for Student Finance there were a couple of other documents that they asked me to print, fill in and attach a copy of my previous assessment of needs to … I’ve done this and sent it off. It was all fairly easy and to be honest it seems a little too good to be true right now. I haven’t had to fill out any details of what I earn etc yet so I can only assume that more complicated forms are yet to come. I know that, for sure, I will probably have to attend a further up to date Assessment of Needs and then I will have to get this confirmed by the university and then the funding body before I can arrange delivery of my equipment and support …
Still I’m pleased that I’ve got the ball rolling and it’s an exciting prospect. The sooner I can get things started the sooner I can get things in place and maybe I can miss the rush!