As we start the new academic year not only are we refreshed by the long summer break but paradoxically by an exhausting day at the Bell House Dyslexia Fair in Dulwich, South London last weekend.
What was refreshing to see how a small band of hugely enthusiastic and capable volunteers are creating an island of excellence and are so visibly making a difference to a community. Recognition of this must be their ability to get the head of the British Dyslexia Association, Helen Boden to come out to what is not the most accessible of locations on a hot Saturday afternoon to speak. We ll done Bell House and well done Helen Boden.
But for us it wasn’t just the organisers and the speakers who refreshed us. It was all the hundreds of parents and kids who attended and many of whom we spoke to who are on a journey. Many of them have only just started that journey and others are quite a way along it but all of them were wanting to pick brains and search out information on their particular learning difference. And all, almost exclusively, seeing it as just that word, difference, and not another similar word, difficulty. Difference as in opportunity and not difficulty as in problem.
As the summer of 2019 begins to wind down we are winding up for the start of the new academic year. Refreshed and raring to go we are looking forward to a great year ahead. There are new products to launch and conferences and exhibitions to plan for and most importantly a new website to launch.
We are constantly amazed at the creativity out there. Our mail regularly contains new book and product ideas and although we only re-sell other publishers and manufacturers products we are always ready to take a look at these ideas and pass on our recommendations as to who to approach to get them fulfilled.
The political and economic backdrop might be uncertain but we are going in to these last few months of 2019 and the prospect of 2020 with huge enthusiasm and expecatation of further great things. Our business is growing and there is only one person we can thank for that – you, the customer. Thank you!
We were in Manchester in early May for the first ever TES SEN Show North. The Islington version of the show has been a fixture on the SEN circuit for many, many years but its location in London has meant that many have been unable to attend. MA Exhibitions who took over management of the London show a couple of years ago bravely decided to take the show to the north and we were very proud to be part of this launch. While the numbers of attendees were perhaps lower than hoped, one explanation being SATS the following week, we met many delegates and were able to show off our wide range of practical resources.
Sue Smits of Morrells Handwriting joined us for the Friday and was much in demand demonstrating her range of handwriting books which we stock. Sue has been very influential in the handwriting community and has been much involved recently with the DfE at a ministerial level in efforts to change and build the curriculum around the teaching of this critical skill.