Ron Dawson

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Dr.
Ronald Leslie Dawson
Born 1940
Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, England
Nationality English
Occupation

Dr. Ronald Leslie Dawson (born 1940) is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) educator, psychologist, researcher and author and co-author of numerous books and articles concerning the education of pupils with SEN. His most important publication is[citation needed] The Macmillan Teacher Information Pack (TIPs), a pack of informative materials to assist teachers of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream and special schools. He has also written two novels and six children's story books. In 2012 he wrote the lyrics and co-composed the music (with Kevin Morgan of the BSO) of "Lest we forget", a song of Remembrance. It was first performed in public on 16 September 2012 by the Wellington Male Voice Choir in the New Zealand Parliament building at the inauguration of New Zealand's Malayan Veterans Day. It has since been performed at Remembrance Services, Concerts and Memorials in the UK, Australia, Canada and Cyprus. In 2014 he wrote the lyrics and co-composed the music (again with Kevin Morgan) a novelty dance song "The Brazilian Attack", which was recorded by the Copacabana Brass.

Biography[edit]

Born Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, the illegitimate son of Clarice Joan Wheeler. Adopted aged two by Thomas Dawson (canal boatman) and his wife, Henrietta of Kingstanding, Birmingham.

  • 1956-1965, non-academic employment.[clarification needed]
  • 1965- Professional educator, researcher and writer.

Awards[edit]

Teaching and research[edit]

  • Teacher of maladjusted(EBD)children.
  • Deputy Head Teacher, Special School.
  • Research Officer for the national Schools' Council Research Project, The Education of Disturbed Pupils (1975–1978).
  • Director and Research Psychologist of a five year research project, the '''Education of Disturbed Children''', (1978–1983). Project funded by Urban Aid and Barnsley Local Education Authority (LEA).
  • Adviser for Special Education, Hampshire LEA.
  • Inspector for Special Education, Staffordshire LEA.
  • Adviser/Inspector for Special Education, States of Jersey.
  • Registered OFSTED Inspector.
  • Head of the Special Education and Habilitation Studies Department, principal lecturer (SEN)at King Alfred's College,(University of Winchester)

Significant publications[edit]

  • Special Provision for Disturbed Pupils (1980, Macmillan Education, ISBN 0-333-28405-4). Statistical findings and analysis of the project the Schools Council Project Education of Disturbed Children.
  • The Teacher Information Packs (TIPs, Macmillan Education, ISBN 0-333-38438-5) a pack of one-hundred and twenty-three information units designed to assist teachers to work more effectively in relation to pupils across the whole range of special educational needs (SEN). Originator and overall editor of the published version and was the author or co-author of over eighty per-cent of the materials. A number of British LEAs installed TIPs in all of their schools as did a number of overseas countries. TIPs was described as an ‘Opus Magnum’ in the Journal of the Association of Educational Psychologists.
  • The Baby Progress Guides (Psycho-Educational Products, 1982), originator, author and co-developer (with Peter Penrose). Pack of assessment and developmental guides and equipment for the parents of infants from birth to two and a half years.
  • Handwriting 1, and 2, for the Macmillan Education Success series (ISBN 0333463110, and ISBN 0-333-51308-8).
  • Numerous articles and research papers published in academic and research journals, and reports and reviews commissioned by the Times Educational Supplement.
  • 'The Dawson File', regular satirical column in Special Children magazine.

Novels[edit]

  • The Last Viking : The untold story of the world's greatest heist, (2006, Trafford ISBN 1-4120-8683-3, UK Edition 2009 ISBN 978-0-9561732-3-2). (DUKW) tells how a Birmingham gang captured and looted the island of Guernsey in the 1950s. It was optioned to made into a film within a year of its publication.
  • The Worm that Flies in the Night : A Diary of Incestuous Love and Serial Murder, (2009, Mulberry Tree Books ISBN 978-0-9561732-0-1) takes its title from William Blake's poem, The Sick Rose. It is the story of a psychopath who is obsessed by the Oedipus myth and kills to gain access to his mother's bed.

Books for children[edit]

The Amazing Adventures of Scary Bones the Skeleton, are fantasy stories for children aged 5 to 12 years:-

Lest We Forget[edit]

Lest we forget

  • Chorus.
    Lest we forget,
    Lest we forget,
    The boy who died in the morning sun,
    The girl who died from a sniper’s gun,
    All those who stood and refused to run,
    Lest we forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    We must never forget.
  • A flag draped coffin in the morning rain,
    An unsung hero is home again,
    Wreaths of poppies, pride and tears
    The price of war paid with their lost years
    They died with honour in some foreign land,
    In fields of mud and hills of sand
    They fought and died for our liberty,
    May they live forever in our memory.
  • A loved one lost and millions more,
    In their land of birth or some foreign shore,
    A family’s grief for theirs who died
    Knows no frontier or a country’s pride.
    Those lost at sea, on land or sky
    Lie silent as their loved ones cry,
    Remembered now and for ever more,
    May their sacrifice bring an end to war.
  • (CHORUS)
  • Lest we forget,
    Lest we forget,
    The boy who died in the morning sun,
    The girl who died from a sniper’s gun,
    All those who stood and refused to run,
    Lest we forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    No! We must never forget,
    We must never forget.
  • Copyright Ron Dawson, with permission.

Sources[edit]

  • Wilson, M and Evans, M. (1980), Education of Disturbed Children. London: Schools Council/Methuen.
  • Rose, M. (1991) History of King Alfred's College, Winchester. Stroud: Phillimore and Co. Ltd.
  • British Psychological Society, (1990), The Register of Chartered Psychologists: Leicester: BPS.
  • Brooks, T (1985) Foreword to the Teachers Guide : The Macmillan Teacher Information Pack: Macmillan.
  • www.trombonemusic.co.uk.
  • 'The Brazilian Attack' Notification ID EJNW-160614-0991-00 Tune code 148909KN.