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Priory House Care Home: To care or not to care

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can neither understand nor support the council’s reasoning for their preferred option of closing Priory House, this most valuable, purposed built and much admired home for the elderly. The competence and quality of staff working for the residents inside the building is extremely high and they are compassionate and totally committed to ensuring the residents are well cared for and treated with decency, dignity and respect. Yet despite the glowing references to the quality of care, a report to the council’s cabinet is recommending closure of Priory House as the preferred option of Conservative, Lib-Dem and Labour Councillors.

I have to acknowledge that the building is 50 odd years old and probably coming towards the end of its design life. However those blanket judgements apply to many buildings (just consider our own homes) and are not of themselves sufficient reason to write them off. Priory House can still function extremely well as a care home provided it is properly maintained. However, despite all the glowing reports about the quality of care in the home something is clearly amiss. During an inspection there was evidence of general neglect on the outside of the premises. Although the structure is fit for purpose the building has clearly not undergone regular or detailed maintenance. There are piles of broken bricks from damaged walls and hinges coming adrift from brickwork. Doors and frames have not been maintained and repaired and are now showing signs of being rotten. This failure of maintenance does not reflect favourably on the council or its officers who are responsible for the upkeep of the building. It is difficult to fully explain in a short article the extent of this general neglect of the outside of the building and the surrounding grounds. There are further examples of a general lack of maintenance to the basic fabric of the building and other external sundry items all of which should have been carried out in a routine way and would have avoided the scale of the current problems.

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Regardless of the outcome of the Priory House issue there are obviously serious deficiencies in the Council's Asset Management operations which need to be addressed. Asset management means just that: managing the property portfolio (which is owned by the residents) and maintaining or enhancing its value. In the case of Priory House, proper management would automatically ensure the safety and comfort of the facility’s residents. How council officers can produce tables on life expectancy of buildings having singularly failed to adhere to the basic requirements of maintenance is beyond comprehension, especially having underspent repair budgets in previous years to the tune of £886,000 (normally the first excuse for lack of maintenance).

Southend-on-Sea residents. Without a beacon of excellence, standards can and possibly will deteriorate and that is something that cannot be allowed. In an advertisement in last month’s Oracle the administration stated it was setting up trading companies to supply services to other Having been critical of the council’s preferred authorities/companies; this would seem a closure option, what are the alternatives? Is it golden opportunity to supply services to our possible to reduce the annual running costs own residents. whilst maintaining quality of care for residents? With common sense housekeeping, a sensible If it is the Council's decision to proceed with its approach to repairs and maintenance could be preferred option to close Priory House, that adopted. If done correctly with the help of the decision will be based on the Council's inability staff, a business case could be developed and to maintain the building properly and its sustained that could be held up to the private reluctance to fund future maintenance. sector as the standard level of care for all I am concerned that if the Council's budgetary based decision to pursue the planned closure of Priory House proceeds this will have a significant and detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of many residents in the home. It is a sad indictment of the Council if the words and assurances offered by those put forward to publicly represent them are subsequently shown to be hollow and disingenuous. I can only hope that the ultimate decision will accommodate a more caring approach toward those residents at Priory House Care Home. The council urgently needs to adopt a more structured approach so that building maintenance is seen as an integral and essential part of the asset management/facilities set up.

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wo things announced Summers arrival this June - sunburn and the smell of barbeque and with the latter in mind (although camomile is easily grown) I thought the kitchen garden would be a good topic for this month's edition.

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My suggestions are modelled on the approach taken by Secondary Schools as they prepare, advise and support their students on access and application to Higher Education. These students receive ample advance notice of the process, are individually guided towards the most suitable range of institutions, and are supported in their preparation for specific aspects of the application process (interviews, aptitude tests, etc.). Our Secondary Schools consider the destinations of their students to be an appropriate measure of their success.

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To match this service, a new Southend-on-Sea framework for the effective transition of pupils from Primary to Secondary school should include:

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Following my article in the May edition of the Oracle,“A REAL EDUCATION”, I thought it would be helpful to capture the thoughts of the many educationists and parents that I have spoken to within schools and the Council. Readers will then be able to take the opportunity to argue for what, maybe, is a solution to the concerns • A commitment in every Primary School to about how few of our local children secure make specific recommendations – a range of choices – at the start of Year 5 for every pupil Grammar School places. individually about which Secondary Schools At present, all our local schools work very well would be an appropriate choice, including in managing issues arising after parents have identifying those suitable for the 11+ selective been told where their son/daughter is going. tests. However, there is inconsistent provision for our young people before they apply for secondary education – as recent press articles, local admissions data and political debates all confirm. To remedy this, we need to create – immediately – a local framework to be applied in all Southend-on-Sea Primary schools for the more effective transition of pupils from Primary to Secondary school. The right framework will provide an entitlement to every parent and place an expectation on every school.

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• A commitment in every Primary School to make specific curriculum provision in classroom time to support the requirements of Secondary/Grammar School entrance. • An understanding that support and advice in making Secondary School choices should give all our Primary School children equal educational opportunity, irrespective of the level of parental support or conditions in the home. Special care and support should be given when dealing with children who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged in any way. (One way this can be specifically funded is by using the Pupil Premium.) •

A guarantee that the needs of all pupils, across the full ability spectrum, are addressed through the Year 5 & Year 6 curriculum: allowing the most able to flourish and the least able to build a secure base of skills and knowledge.

A commitment by the Local Education Authority to monitor the quality of this provision, and adherence to this framework, in every Primary School. Of course, many of our Primary Schools address some or all of these points already – but we need to ensure equal opportunity across all schools in the borough.

If readers agree that this framework is a possible solution to the problem of falling admissions for our local children to our grammar schools, then they should argue loud and clear for these guarantees – along with the Independent Group. We must get the ideas

across to Head Teachers, Governors and Councillors not only for the opportunities available in Grammar Schools but also to support of the quality of provision on offer in the whole range of Secondary Schools. This is a golden opportunity to re-write the policy on education. Southend-on-Sea Local Education Authority can be a national leader in addressing this issue – as it has done in other areas of provision. We can give all our children in Southend-on-Sea the same opportunities as those from outside the borough, to create an education that will help drive out poverty and increase earning potential in all areas of employment.

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1 Toast the cumin seeds in a small dry frying pan over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Place in a bowl with the coconut milk, curry paste and 2 tbsp of the mint. Season with salt and pepper and then add the lamb and toss until thoroughly coated. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least half an hour but preferably overnight.

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2 For the dressing, mix together all the ingredients and set aside. Adjust to your taste by adding more sugar if necessary.

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e are lucky enough to have both the ICC International Trophy and the biggest spectacle of them all, the Ashes being played around the country this summer. Well, do we have any chance of winning the ICC 50 over competition? In my opinion no! We lack that X Factor world class player and with the absence of Kevin Peterson we are expecting far too much of Joe Root, Josh Buttler and Co. We do have a good bowling attack, led by the brilliant James Anderson, who will go on I am sure to break many more records. But that really explosive player who can take the game by the scruff of the neck and change it quickly is something we as a nation currently donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have.

stopping England winning this series 5-0 will be the so-called summer weather we are enjoying. Our team is settled with only Peterson to come back in, fitness providing. Our batting has quality in Captain Cook, Trott & Bell and our bowling attack has real potency with the new ball with the aforementioned Anderson backed up well by Broad and Finn, with the skills of Swan and possible Panesar backing up the front line seamers. Australia have one world class player in skipper Michael Clarke. He will if he is fit be the stand out batsman in the series but he cannot win this on his own and will by the end of August be heading home as a defeated Ashes captain.

My tip for the trophy are India who have started the competition really well and have the stand out Captain, Wicket Keeper and X Factor batsman MS Doni. I think they will beat Sri Lanka in a close run final. England, well I think they will get beaten in a close game at the semi-final stage.

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“The range of taught subjects is organised well to take account of students’ different learning needs and interests….”. Shoeburyness is a wholly inclusive school sending students with high ability to Russell Group Universities and this year hoping to have our first Oxbridge entrance. The school also has students with disabilities but as with all students, the school insists on high aspirations and attainment, a point not missed by the inspection team. “The school regularly checks the progress made by disabled students and those who have special educational needs. As a result of extra help that is matched closely to their learning needs, including support in the Learning Resource Base, these students are all making good progress.” In the last Ofsted the school knew it needed to improve its Sixth Form. It has since grown into one of the largest in the Borough offering over 40 courses. In the main summary Ofsted recognised this: “The Sixth Form is good. Students achieve well thanks to consistently good teaching and receive good guidance to help them in the future"; and “Sixth Form lessons are typically well planned to meet students’ different learning needs”. The whole report is online at the school’s website but I will end this article with a view given to Ofsted by one of our parents who said that the

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