Shining a light on communication

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The Communication Trust and Pearson have joined forces to launch the fifth Shine a Light Awards.

The Awards seek to recognise the contributions of teams, settings and individuals across England who support children and young people’s speech, language and communication.

The flagship Shine a Light Awards will return by popular demand in 2017 with a range of award categories. This includes a brand new award for SEN School or Group of the Year highlighting the exceptional work carried out in SEND schools and colleges across the country.

The Shine a Light Awards will feature the following categories:

  • Early Years Setting of the Year Award.
  • Primary School of the Year Award.
  • Secondary School or College of the Year Award.
  • The Communication Commitment School of the Year Award.
  • SEN School or Group of the Year Award.
  • Young Person of the Year Award.
  • SLCN Innovation Award.
  • Communication Champion Award.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Award.
  • Pearson Outstanding Achievement Award.

Octavia Holland, Director of The Communication Trust, said:

All children and young people deserve the opportunity to develop good speech, language and communication skills so they can thrive and make friends. The Shine a Light Awards gives individuals, teams, settings and young people a unique opportunity to shout about their achievements and for this best practice to be recognised across the sector.

Last year’s applications were outstanding. The Shine a Light Awards shows how lives can be enriched with dedication and commitment, particularly for the one million children and young people with long-term speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). If it is your time to shine, we look forward to receiving your application.

Chris Hall, Director of Clinical Assessment at Pearson, said:

The continued popularity of the Shine a Light Awards proves how much is being achieved across the country to support young people with speech, language and communication, and this work is too often unrecognised. It is an honour to be part of these exceptional awards and it is so important to share and celebrate these achievements so that we can continue to innovate and raise awareness of best practice.

The Shine a Light Awards have grown in popularity since their launch during the National Year of Communication in 2011. To date, the awards have celebrated the work of over 98 teams and a wide range of individuals, including young people with severe and complex speech, language and SLCN.

The awards website is now open for applications and further details on how to apply can be found at www.shinealightawards.co.uk. Applications close at 11:59 pm on 12 January 2017.

The Shine a Light Awards Ceremony will take place with a secret celebrity host on 23 March 2017 in London.

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