It is with sadness that Learning Works wishes to announce that Fil Came passed away on Sunday 19th November 2017 after a short illness.   

Fil Came – A very special person

Fil meant so much to so many. He touched the hearts of so many people in his life, both professionally and personally. He was one of the world’s truly good men. He wanted to provide an educational environment which was second to none and which nurtured everyone involved: teachers, learning support assistants, headteachers, support services, parents and, of course, pupils and students.

Fil believed that education should benefit ALL children and students and spent his life working towards this aim. His early teaching experiences were at a time when ROSLA (the raising of the school leaving age) was introduced and compulsory education was offered to more people. This was one of those seminal moments in education because teachers had to deal with a wider spectrum of intellectual ability. Thus, Fil sought to ensure that learning environments would offer something to even the most challenged and challenging. He was particularly sensitive to the emotional needs of the learner: the effect of frustration and stress on learning. He sought to increase awareness of the barriers to learning and how teachers and educationalists could provide a positive experience for disadvantaged learners.
Fil was a generous man.

He gave freely of his time, and always went the extra mile to give people his support. He strived to help people to reach their potential. By his encouragement, teachers, learning support assistants, parents and students blossomed. Many educational professionals have Fil to thank for their career development. He worked tirelessly with schools to develop SEN policy which would provide not only the best environment for vulnerable learners but which would support SENCos in their increasingly heavy work-load. He was creative in exploring systems which would be of benefit to all and worked with individual teachers and schools to instigate change.

As a trainer, Fil strived to keep up-to-date so that he could provide knowledge and information which was always meaningful. However, he always put his own take on this and thus he provided thought-provoking discussions. He used humour and visual presentations to bring home his messages. Consequently, audiences went away from courses and training uplifted and fired with enthusiasm. His approach to everything he worked with was practical.
He was passionate about education. He believed in people. He was high principled and a perfectionist. Quality First was his mantra. He leaves behind him a living legacy: you, the teachers.

The words of Galileo embody our friend, Fil:
We cannot teach people anything;
We can only help them discover it within themselves.

If you have any anecdotes about how Fil touched your life, we would love to hear from you so that your memories can be included in a book of condolences. Please send them to

A funeral service to celebrate Fil’s life will be held at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, Trowbridge, BA14 6HL, on Friday 8th December 2017 at 1.45pm

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