New year gives an excellent opportunity to reflect on the past and make plans for the future; due to less visitors than expected in the Christmas period I have had more time to engage in this useful activity.
2022 was a big year for me, particularly moving school for sixth form. This has been a huge success, studying English language and making new friends. Outside of school my main focus remains advocating for literacy teaching for all pupils, and last year I attended 33 meetings about this. It’s encouraging to see some shifts in thinking and practice as more special schools raise expectations for what is possible.
Sharing my faith is a great privilege, and last year I was given the opportunity to do this at four very different occasions: the short testimony which I gave at school is below.
For each new talk I give I spend an hour writing and preparing per minute; and if the talk is being presented as a film it takes my mother, carers, and my voice, Alaric, a further hour per minute to put it together.
This year outside of school I will continue my advocacy work as a voice for the voiceless, and taking opportunities to share my faith. I also plan to use my time more efficiently so I get a chance to write more poetry. So, starting as I mean to go on I offer you my first poem of the year.
What are your priorities for 2023?