Jamie Renton: Low Assumptions
Here Jamie describes attitudes about achievement within his school.
TranscriptI mean the assumption was that you wouldn’t achieve anything academically, there was no point in trying to achieve anything academically. Certainly the assumption was you weren’t going to go and do GCSEs or O levels as they were then, or the old CSE’s either, you know, you shouldn’t aspire. Maybe you’d get one in, I don’t know, cookery or whatever it was, woodwork or something like that, God knows, I mean woodwork was never a good idea, but there you go. And you – so you sort of, you know, you kind of – and I think, you know, it was an environment where you learned to become disabled.
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