Aspirations and Expectations

Paul Harrison: Limited Teaching

Paul was born in 1985 in Hillingdon, London. He lived with his family in Uxbridge and attended a special deaf school in St. Albans from the age of three. From age eleven Paul attended the same school's secondary department attached to a mainstream secondary school. At sixteen he continued on to a local college and from there on to university.

Here Paul describes finding a higher standard of teaching when visiting the mainstream school.


One year, me and another girl, I was ten, were sent for a two-hour class to a local mainstream school to learn everything the hearing students were doing. I was more fulfilled in the hearing school as the teaching was of a higher standard than the deaf school, where teaching was very limited. I had more confidence when learning in more detail along with the hearing students.