Assignment One – Local Communities

To see all research, exploration and development leading up to the final assignment one please see the separate Research, exploration and development page.

Assignment One [Logic, Gates and Truth Tables] Final Images

Originally I was thinking of calling this assignment [Access Denied] but then thought that sounded very negative, as most of the time my role as an LSA is to ensure students can fully access the national curriculum. Then, by happy accident, I came across a student’s piece of work on Logic Gates and Truth Tables and decided that was a much better subtitle; we work on logic, open gates, tell the truth and lay everything bare on the table.

Image 1 Rugby Triptych


Our school is a rather sporty school, particular with rugby. However, not all students can access sports and even those who can, do so with varying degrees of success. Physical disabilities and issues with team games/social issues/noise sensitivity etc impact on many levels. In order to illustrate this I chose to capture the same view of the rugby posts, shot through the fencing to show the physical barriers, but using different apertures, using the changes in the depth of field to illustrate the varying levels of difficulty faced.

Image 2 Locked Gate


Along similar lines to the first image I chose to include this in the set as it is not just rugby students struggle with, so this picture sums up the general issues around accessing field sports.

If you wish to discover more about the issues ASD students have accessing sport take a quick look here.

Image 3 Press Buzzer


F2.8 was used as I wanted the really shallow depth of field. The Press Buzzer for Reception sign is cropped to reveal the problems some have asking for help or even seeing that help is available, all they see is the big black barrier in their way to the place they need to be.

For hints on helping students with Asperger’s ask for help take a look here.

Image 4 IT3 Dyslexia Diptych


Dyslexia and Visual Stress are other very common problems experienced by many students, complaining that the letters move across the page or over lap each other. Occasionally this can be overcome by using coloured overlays and even obtaining tinted glasses.

See here for more information about coloured overlays, and this is a very interesting article with a simulator…

Image 5 Cushion and foot rest


One of our students has significant health problems, which has resulted in impaired growth, he therefore requires these items to be able to sit comfortably and ergonomically at the school desks. He has a 1:1 learning support assistant who takes these from class to class whilst another student always very kindly offers to take his school books.

After a short spell in GOSH earlier this year the empty seat holds an extra poignancy for me that others looking may not experience.

Anyone wishing to support this brilliant hospital can do so here.

Image 6 Opening Doors



Another metaphorical image, using the darker foreground, brightly lit interior, with some of the blinds closed, to represent how in education we attempt to illuminate the way and open doors to success.

Pleased with the frames within frames, the geometric repeat patterns reveal little snippets of school life through the windows, the sixth form centre sign emphasises that students need support throughout their school career, and as I supervise directed study in there several times a week this is very pertinent to my role within the school.

Image 7 Extra Time Diptych


Several of our students have ‘special access arrangements and reasonable adjustments,’ and are allowed to use lap top computers for end of term assessments and exams. Most of these students are also allowed extra time and it is part of my responsibilities, as a learning support assistant, to ensure that the rules and regulations are adhered to during exam invigilation, as well as providing evidence throughout the year that this is the student’s ‘usual practice.’ Therefore I wanted to include some photographs that covered this aspect of their everyday school experience and my role within the department.

Access arrangements are strictly controlled by JCQ

Image 8 IEN Task Boxes


Something a lot of our IEN students struggle with is organisation, therefore we provide them with plastic boxes rather than lockers. They are then away from the general hubbub of the school when sorting their books and equipment, don’t have a locker key to lose and should they forget anything we can quickly run back to the office to collect it, whilst they remain in lessons. From an early stage students of all abilities get categorized and put into boxes and people don’t always see their individuality, especially with students with ASD who vary greatly, I don’t miss the irony that we literally put them into plastic boxes!

Other strategies for helping ASD students with organisation can be found here.

Image 9 Boxes Triptych


Taking the lids off of the IEN Task Boxes reveals three entirely different personalities… the black background isolates the subject matter revealing the segregation that students sometimes experience.

Image 10 – Ghost in the background


This covered walkway is between the IT rooms and the LRC ( Learning Resource Centre). Both buildings are integral to students’ learning and ability to access the national curriculum and I felt this summarised how I help the students bridge the gap when they struggle.


I have tried to be creative, as mentioned in my own personal aims, within the research and development page, but appreciate that creativity can always be pushed further and more risks can always be taken.

I have carried out thorough research with all the given exercises and even with my own quirky style of responses hope they demonstrate my developing intellectual understanding and self-awareness.

I am looking forward to receiving feedback, as positive or negative it is always useful to know if you are headed in the right direction and if not you need to be guided so that you are. It may mean I sit n sulk for a bit but will get over it! If you forced me I’d probably say that at this point I’m average on most things with the odd pop over into very good so C/B.


“The Photographic Brief” in Short,M. (2011) Creative photography context and narrative Lausanne:AVA Publishing, pp20-26

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4 thoughts on “Assignment One – Local Communities

  1. Lorraine Firmin

    Love this I can really hear your voice in this which makes it easy for me to read and follow, such a shame about the fire cooking idea, as I love you fire photos.
    Well done my lovely, keep up the good work xx


  2. I’ve got it now – just shows the difference between Facebook and a blog because images are much clearer on the latter and I realise how much detail I missed.
    You’ve given much thought and detailed organisation to this assignment and your description of the contextual background adds so much more.
    I’m sorry too about the loss of the fire project (oh the perils of being a photographer) but this Assignment has a lot of depth. I’ll be interested to read the feedback in due course.


  3. Thanks for the responses you gave on fb and on here, I agree fb does compress the images a tad etc. I didn’t want to link to here straight away as I wanted people to view them without captions, titles or background info to get a gut reaction. It was also to kinda back up the earlier exercise we did when looking at the transparency of images, do we need text etc. I think with these images a little background information is needed to fully understand my visual ramblings as opposed to my written ones :o)


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