Homeschooling Do We Really Have A Choice??

So .. Apologies for not blogging for a few weeks, I have been super stressed sorting appeals and tribunals blah blah blah.

Why oh why is our schooling system such a shambles and our local authority to match?

To be brutely honest with you I spend my life fighting this fighting that .. Why??? My children have special needs that’s why! You would think in this day and age it wouldn’t be an issue but it is. It’s still a massive issue sending children and parents into a massive spiral of upset and depression.

Whilst we try everything to help our SEND kids cope in State schools that are ill-equipped to cope with special needs and all we hear is “we don’t have the funding for your child”

Well, that’s a joke, they don’t even have enough funding even with an EHCP (Educational, Health, Care, Plan) so what hope has the children who don’t have one got at all?

So my question is… Why the bloody hell has the government not yet said this EHCP idea isn’t working and the kids are suffering for it!!! Why are the schools not making a stand telling the government that the money they are giving them isn’t satisfactory enough to offer a good enough education and that they either need to change the EHCP system or provide more funding specifically for SEND? Currently, we are in a vicious circle where the schools can’t offer support to the kids that don’t qualify and to get an EHCP is virtually impossible!

So what happens to the children in the middle… Well, they aren’t cared for, provided for or let’s face it given a shit about! after all who cares about the kids that aren’t going to improve the league tables.

So I have recently applied for an outside catchment secondary school as the ones that surround us are diabolical. Of course, we didn’t get it, on the day of finding out they didn’t give us anything on our choice list and they gave us a school which would be a round trip of up to 3 hours a day to take him and pick him up. I found myself in a tearful mush all day and couldn’t stop crying thinking what am I gonna with my poor boy.

So I started looking at homeschooling, which frightened me as I didn’t know enough about it and I thought I am not clever enough to teach my kids to be GCSE ready.

HOWEVER!!! what choice do I have right? its either that or subject him to the harsh reality of “We don’t have the funding for your son”  just like my poor 16-year-old lad faced for all of his school life. No, I have had enough of that to last me a lifetime thanks!

So Homeschooling it is then… After reading up on homeschool and all of the benefits it has, I am not sure why I was worried. However, for me, this is the right avenue but I am lucky in the fact that I work from home. Did you know that homeschooling has risen by 40% so if its risen by 40% where is all the money going that no longer is being spent on that 40% ????

Eye-opening isn’t it !!

So … Goodbye SHIT SCHOOLING SYSTEM and hello to an easier less stressful life where my kids will smile, spend time with other homeschoolers so their social life does not diminish LOL Learn the things they want to learn and they will no longer be dictated to and told who they should be, by a system that doesn’t give a crap about them.

So if you are struggling to come to terms with the treatment your child is facing? Look into HomeSchooling you might be as surprised as me.

Until the next time.

Em xxx

“These Are My Opinions, Please don’t be offended by mine and by all means have your own”

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WOW… Here Comes The Red Head!

So .. as you all know for many years, I am have been a Published Profesional Photographer. Sadly I had to give it up as my full-time job due to health reasons, c’est la vie.

However, on a positive note, this then leaves me to do all the fun types of photography that I love doing, rather than stuff you find yourself having to do for money. (whilst secretly thinking my goodness this is boring me to tears haha.)

I have written a children’s book ‘Who Are You? The Big Taboo…‘and I decided I would use my talents (as a photographer) and my beautiful daughter to create an advertisement for my book via a photoshoot. Honey-Mae agreed to this as she loves to pose and the thought of receiving lots of new clothes for the shoot clinched the deal.

So we were off, Darren and Kasper had gone off to have a Man Utd Ground Tour, for the day and Connor had gone off to do Clay Pigeon shooting.

So this left the girls to go off to the dog walking woods down the road, with many charged camera batteries and several outfits including some rather fabulous hats!

PLUS … Not forgetting a copy of my fab Children’s Book ( even if I do say so myself)

We grabbed a costa (of course) as I don’t function that early in the morning without coffee and headed over. Honey was excited and so was I, however even though my daughter is beautiful, with her red hair, blue eyes, freckles plus a fab front tooth gap that most modelling agencies die for, the reason for this is because it makes a model very different from the usual looking beautiful person. But that’s my Honey-Mae she is very unique in many ways.

To me she has always been my Honey, I have always thought she was stunning but then I am her Mum I should think that. Many people have told me over the years, “oh my goodness she is so adorable and so beautiful she should be a child model”.

She hadn’t ever really shown much interest apart from modelling for me which was a regular thing. She enjoyed being around my models and watching Crazy Creative Beauty Shoot ideas unfold.

But to be truthful, unless my children want to do something I don’t push it. I am far from the pushy parent. So I thought it’s her choice, it will most likely never happen which is fine with me …

So, to my amazement, the “It will most likely never happen” has in fact happened.

So here are the results from her first ever shoot at 9 years old in 2019, let’s just bear in mind she hasn’t modelled for a long time as I had so much time off due to illness before.

So here are the results, they are just astounding..

From these photos, she has been offered several modelling agencies.

AND SHE WANTS TO DO IT APPARENTLY !!!!! WHAT???? I did not expect it to be honest.

I love that finally, she has found something to do that she enjoys, well, for now, anyway. I think the thought of money was the final deal clinch lol

Funny that my daughter hears the words clothes and money and the deal is done. I have to state she isn’t my daughter at all… MUCH LOL.

So from this, we are now building a portfolio for her, she has a website and things are in motion… https://edurrant1.wixsite.com/honeymaedurrantrance

We have a load more photos on the website and many on the way.

My final thought for this blog – regardless of the issues Honey-Mae has, in this she is a natural which doesn’t often for her bless her. However, I am choosing not to tell the industry that Honey has ASD because I want her to have a far change without being judged before she arrives – which happens, believe me. Honey will achieve what she wants to achieve and I will be by her side when she does it.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog.

Until the next time

Emx

For now, I am Honey’s Management, until we make a decision who to join.
edurrant@icloud.com

The Show Must Go On ….

So…. hey all – hope you are all well, sorry its been ages since I posted last ..Once you have read this blog, you might understand a little as to why its taken me forever to post…

I have had a lot of decisions to make recently some good, some not so good … However, as my title reads ‘The Show Must Go On’ as you may know this is a song title from the one and only ‘Queen‘  and my goodness weren’t they right…

So many things happen in life that we don’t expect, it is one of those things where you can choose to fight and win, or you can not fight and loose.

But there, of course, is one other option – Fight your bloody hardest and still lose, previously for me this would never be an option (stay with me).

Sadly I have faced some battles like most people, but I am not a quitter in any way.

Personally, I have never understood why people give up on their dreams and why they wouldn’t fight for them.. but do you know what, the older I get I have started to realise that even if you fight your goddam hardest, sometimes you can still not achieve what you’re hoping for. Stay with me … there is a point …

This probably feels the worst type of loss – because you feel hard done by,  broken and angry as to why life has turned out this way for you.

But this is what I want you to see when you look at your situation –

AT LEAST YOU DID FIGHT AND MY GOD YOU FOUGHT FOR YOUR LIFE !!! 

Sometimes life can be tough and the unexpected can knock you off your feet.

But my advice to you would be to .. get up .. dust yourself off and crack on…

After all is there really a losing situation?

Maybe life just wasn’t meant to go down that path for you.

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Designing your own Fashion

So … Hey guys how are you ? today I am going to be talking about Designing your own Fashion !

I definitely have a flair for design, creating new things in my brain and putting it into practice. However I have a flaw in my clothing design I can’t sew or draw, two very important elements you need to be a clothing designer LOL … This why I haven’t as of yet succeed in this field of creative clothing design.

However as things are moving forward in the field of design I believe that everyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it  … sometimes adapting is a necessity.

I am on the look out to move forward in this area but as of yet haven’t researched it enough to become anymore then a funny slogan T shirt designer that creates amusing vest tops that only I and I alone wear.

My brand is “To Be Continued” a clothing range but sadly that’s about as far as it’s got. My issue is that I come up with so many ideas and try to do them all at the same time. I find that I running  out of time and then things take a back burner.

As a photographer I have excelled in editorial images, many I haven’t even shared in my portfolio or in social media! Why? because I like …”The Little Bit Crazy” types of shots that a lot of others wouldn’t even consider..  I as always like to be different, I hate wearing the same clothes as others, having the same style, the same ideas and even though maybe I should take it as a compliment hate it when people try to copy my work it drives me mental .. “Why is that ?”  I hear you ask ? Well I love looking at people’s work! BUT… Their ideas, what amazing creativity they have conjured up out of Their brain!  But not work that looks like your work, or work that looks like everyone else’s work !!

I feel frustrated when people don’t have the creativeness to come up with their own ideas … That in my eyes doesn’t make you a leader it makes you a follower and who wants to be a follower in this industry? To me it would be like walking into a gallery and all the paintings, photographs and clothing pieces all looking exactly the same! Would you feel like it had been a waste of your time? I know I would feel this way.

I wouldn’t ever want to go to a photography workshop where everyone who leaves has pretty much taken the same shot as its staged!!  WHY? WHY? WHY? would you feel satisfied? knowing that isn’t your own idea, completely your own shot that doesn’t look like anyone else’s ! I know what I am saying is of course, my way of thinking! It doesnt mean that my way is the right way! as everyone feels differently on this subject.

However rightly or wrongly this is what I am like, even with clothing ? I love clothes but will always have my own style! As a clothing designer I would love to design pieces and then watch how people put them together with other pieces.  Individuality is key in my eyes. Like I said it makes you an independent creative person and I hear myself saying on a regular basis Oh … “I do love an eccentric”.

Even though many of you are aware, My wrists have been an issue for a while, operation after operation, it has had a serious effect on my creative life, meaning I have not done my photography as much as I have wished to, I am now on the mend and have started creating again.

But I also want to seriously consider the clothing design aspect, maybe incorporating photography with fabric.

So I am now going to consider how I can develop new ideas, new design and also how to adapt my brand to become something adventurous and different…

So if you are a fashion designer that can offer me any advice or fancy a collaboration on a piece.  I am on the look out for maybe a design program that can help me adapt, helping me combat my weaker areas.

As we all have our weaker areas, but does that mean we give up ? I don’t think so ….. This my friends is certainly NOT in my nature!

I 100% feel that not giving up is very important in business, helping ourselves combat these weaker areas or personal flaws improves us as individuals . It’s also how we push ourselves to improve our strengths that helps us move forward.

Thanks for reading ..

Please contact me at DurrantsDivulging@outlook.com with any helpful advice or comments on this subject. Or just for a chat I would love to hear from you all.

Until the Next Blog

Em XX

**** These are my opinions and my opinions only *******

Em Durrant

Durrant’s Divulging- Lifestyle Blogger

Photography the Masterpiece..

So.. I will be honest I am a bit biased when it comes to Photography as I can safely say it’s not just my job it’s my passion, an what you can create with a camera taking a single shot  is unbelievable!

Especially then tweaking it with Photoshop,  as this can help you take the photo you love and make it even better, brighten it make the colours pop even put artistic filters on it making it look completely different and turn what once looked like a photo into a piece of art if you wish.

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Laboring Under A Misapprehension

So…  sadly,  I fear that like others I have been laboring under a misapprehension and I want to tell everyone about it …. Ok so cringing while I write this …

“I thought the National Trust was just for old people that are retired and had nothing better to do with their time or Green Party types that like to live in trees and are at one with nature!” 

There we go I have said it …… Now I am usually quite PC I like to think … however looking at this statement its truly embarrassing !

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What Inspires Me…

So… Lately I have been asked by my readers..

“What inspires me to write my blogs ?”

“Why I have become the type of Blogger I have?”

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In my thinking pose…..LOL

Pause for thought ... The answer to that question is quite simple I suppose, that I have naturally fallen  into this! I don’t always write on subject matters that some bloggers in this genre write about, sometimes wander off into my own little version of a Lifestyle Blogger but I kind of feel that’s ok! Often I will say to new bloggers-

“Be Your Own Person”

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Blogger Recognition Award!

So It’s fabulous to be recognized for all of your ‘#Blogging Waffle’ as I like to call it!

As lets face it Blogging really isn’t the easiest of hobbies or jobs in the world and you have to love it as its so time-consuming, not that I am complaining of course it’s just not for the faint hearted.

 

blogger award

Ok so…   
What is the Award about ?
The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers as a way to recognize and appreciate all of the hard work and talent that goes into their websites and blogs.

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Are you Materialistic?- I think that’s a Yes!

 

 

So …. Have you ever realised how in our life, the material things we own becomes a Must rather than a Privilege and something you can’t live without ?

I  in conversations in the past about money, forever heard myself saying …

“I am certainly NOT Materialistic – I  have never been or never would be! If I won the lottery ( Millions of Pounds) I would still shop in cheap places, getting value for money

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Interior Design – Wow That Office!

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So… Finally the Office is finished … well nearly 🙂  just a few tweaks here and there, one of which is putting the trim down round the edge of the vinyl flooring and also gloss the skirts , make a underneath desk cupboard for the computer tower and casing for the cables as I hate them being visible. As we were told as kids “Children should be seen and not heard” with interior design in mind “Ugly things should most definitely not be seen or heard” confused?  let me elaborate for example we all know that wires are inevitable pain in the backside a lot of things are wireless nowadays but still majority of home appliances are not, making it one of those annoying tedious problems Interior designers to face on a daily basis. 

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