Friday, 25 November 2016

ONE HOPE LESS

A casualty of 2016

Information about the closure of Norwood Hope
Norwood Hope provided specialist educational support for children and young people aged 3–19. Following an in-depth review of our children’s, education and adult services (completed June 2016), we have decided to reshape some of our services to ensure that they are fit for the future. At the end of the 2016 Summer Term, Norwood Hope will be closing.
Norwood Hope was the major UK charitable agency concerned with the practice and training of Reuven's instrumental enrichment, part of a much larger Jewish charity called Norwood:


I did once have a bit of contact with Binoh in the eighties and nineties, and with psychologist and Feuerstein-trainer Ruth Deutsch who ran it. It was apparent that our two systems of thinking shared important features and that correspondingly our two organisations faced analogous problems. Over the years, however, I lost touch with her and the Hope Centre, and I have no idea what micro-economic and micro-political specifics may have played out to end things there. The ever-tighter financial constraint on charitable activities in the UK, however, of which the fate of Hope has provided just one example, is of course widely experienced:

Hope was part of a wider charitable organisation, Norwood. Following one of those consultations this summer, execution was swift –

Norwood Hope will close, and Binoh will enhance its offering with a wider menu of support for inclusion

Norwood will continue working with children with disabilities and educational problems, providing a wide range of services.

These services do not include Hope's earlier focus on Reuven Feuerstein's cognitive enrichment and the courses for teachers and others on cognitive modifiability and dynamic assessment.

From a Special Report in the Jewish Chronicle

...Hope used the pioneering methodology of clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist Professor Reuven Feuerstein. It was 'a highly specialised service and extremely expensive. We cannot sustain it, 'Ms Kerr [its Chief Executive] says. 'Much less than 10 per cent of children who use our educational services went to Hope.'

She would like its other educational service, Binoh, used by 800 children, to incorporate some of the Feuerstein method into its teaching. If children from Hope are unable to transfer to Binoh, 'we'll work with the families to find alternative provision.'

Sustaining particular organisational focus as time goes by is hardly a novel problem, but how best to understand and resolve acute contradictions that arise in times of economic stress?

And what about Conductive Education?

Footnote

This month Norwood raised £2.75m at its Annual Dinner:




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