Read TCES Group CEO & Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney’s blog posts below. Thomas discusses wide-ranging issues relating to social care, special educational needs, education and TCES Group school achievements. His views are his own. You can follow Thomas (@TCESGroupCEO) on Twitter here.

26 April – Isolation booths in schools; A poverty of values and imagination

Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth  (Guardian, April 2019)

Isolation booths in schools are being reported on as part of a recent wider examination of the education system by the media.

This article is about the practice of removing pupils from their classrooms and placing them in booths for extended periods of time. These booths are called ‘isolation booths’ and they are usually small three-sided wooden structures in which the pupil sits facing the back wall of the booth.

These ‘isolation booths’ are the subject of much controversy these days, but their origins lie in much less controversial lineage. Originally they were established centuries ago as carrels in monasteries where the occupant needed some peace from the unfortunate habit of an abomination of monks reading aloud. More recently (this century) university libraries have extensively utilised study booths or carrels which tend to fill up with frantic students around exam time.

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2 November – Sewing up the wounds of exclusion; the trouble with Jane

Today we received the news that one of our Care Experienced Children Jane (not her real name) is being moved out of our Independent Special Day school by the placing Local Authority Special Needs Department.  This young lady has been with us for the past three years during which time she has moved Foster Carers 12 times. Each time that she moves Foster Carer it is because they cannot cope with her behaviour. Each time she pushes them away successfully she succeeds in reaffirming for herself that adults are not to be trusted and that any implicit or indeed occasional explicit promises of care and love that her Carers have given her are false promises.  Read the full article  here 

10 October –  Chance!

Every child born with a scream,
Dragged from a beautiful dream,
Their comforting world forsaken,
The maternal bond now shaken,
Brought into cold and harsh light,
All equal with this human plight

Read the full poem here    

11 September – Social exclusion repeated through school exclusion

At TCES Group we are entering into our 20th year of educating children and young people with special educational needs; SEMH and ASC pupils with co-morbid conditions. These pupils come to us after a lifetime of multiple marginalisation and social exclusion… read the full article here

31 August – My top-ten tips for supporting our pupils’ return in September to TCES Group Schools’/Create Service:

1. Re-read the pupil’s file and remind yourself of their strengths and needs…read the full article 31 August here

15 August – School exclusion discriminates against children with disabilities 

As the CEO of TCES Group which is a social enterprise and one of the largest independent Special
School providers to children and young people with SEND in London, I am delighted with the ruling. Read the full article 15 August here