Teach Us TooOur Story
Jonathan Bryan attended his local Special School with the label “Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities” (PMLD), where he was taught very basic letters and numbers with little or no progression from one year to the next. When he was 7 years old, and at the start of year 3, Jonathan’s mother took him out of special school for a few hours a day to teach him to read and write. They started whole word reading, and basic phonics and progressed on to spelling out words and writing sentences. By the age of 9 Jonathan was using a spelling board to write everything that he wanted to say, and he left special school to join his peers at his local primary school.
Following his recovery from a serious illness when he was 10, Jonathan felt he had been given extra time to make a difference in education for children who are non-verbal like him. In June 2016, as he was recovering, he set up the Teach Us Too campaign which was covered in national media alongside a petition to action change.
In July 2017 Jonathan released a short film onto YouTube to raise awareness of this issue. If you would like to watch this film click here.