Sunday, 15 March 2015

A TRUSTEE WRITES

Perhaps the first

Conductive services are often provided by charities/non-profits, thereby creating the need for a range of individuals (trustees) to provide their governance. The charity/non-profit model has offered advantages in the spread of Conductive Education, though perhaps inevitably it can also be experienced as problematical. It also means that over the years in which Conduction Education has spread from country to country there must have been hundreds, perhaps thousands, of voluntary, unpaid people bearing the often heavy financial, legal and in many cases the administrative responsibility for what has been achieved – and quite often fulfilling more menial tasks too.

There must be as many reasons for doing this as there have been people doing it, and likely a wide range of competence in exercising these duties too.

So who are these people, what does it all look like from their point of view? What are their needs and their understandings of what Conductive Education is all about?

I cannot immediately recall a public statement on the nature of Conductive Education from a trustee – until earlier this month, when Tim Wright, a trustee of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust has gone on line to answer the often vexing question 'Conductive Education – what is it?'

He does not make a bad fist of this, better than some who are paid to know better. All the same, he does not quite make it. Specific points aside, his account is of 'a therapy', which is more than a just a semantic point as the role of active pedagogy can be hard to see here. And a  'virtuous circle' should not be confused with a 'vicious circle', its very opposite.

Being a trustee is no enviable task, and may be a thankless one at that. How much should CE's trustees understand of the substance of the service for which they are responsible? What varying steps do they take to ensure that they are properly informed of the nature of Conductive Education? Come to that, what steps should the staff whom they employ take to ensure that trustees properly understand what they are dealing with?

What might stand as good practice in this area?

Reference

Wright, T. (2015) Conductive education – what is it?, Lexology, 5 March

Mr Wright is a solicitor. His account has been published in Lexology, an online information service.

Lexology describes itself as 'an innovative, web-based service that provides company law departments and law firms with a depth of free practical know-how that would be impossible to produce internally'.


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