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Shine a Light Awards 2014

Thursday 3rd April saw the third Shine a Light Awards ceremony on the top floor of the fantastic Pearson building on the Strand, in London. These awards, held jointly by The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment, acknowledged and celebrated excellent practice in supporting not just children with speech, language and communication difficulties, but the development of all children and young people's communication skills.

Applications poured in from a wide range of individuals, nurseries, schools, colleges, practitioners, teams, young people, and departments from across England. In recognition of the success of previous awards and the volume of applications, the categories were expanded this year to widen the scope of the awards.

And the winners were:

  • Early Years Setting of the Year - Winners: Wentworth Nursery School, Hackney, Highly commended: Lanterns Nursery School and Children's Centre, Winchester, Magdalen Gates Preschool, Norwich
  • Primary School of the Year - Winners: Millfields Community School, Hackney, Highly commended: River View Primary School, Salford
    Aerodrome Primary Academy, Croydon
  • Secondary School / College of the Year - Winners: Peacehaven Community School, East Sussex, Highly commended: Haverstock Secondary School, Camden Hetton School, Students of the language provision, Tyne and Wear
  • Working Together Award - Winners: Every Sheffield Child Articulate and literate (ESCAL), Highly commended: The Discovery Group
    The Children's Centre Speech and Language Team, North Somerset
  • SLCN Innovation Award - Joint winners: The Life & Deaf Association and Artburst Ltd
  • Youth Justice Award for Continuing Best Practice - Winners: Wrexham & Flintshire Youth Justice Services
  • Youth Justice Award - Winners: Barton Moss Secure Care Centre, Highly commended: Salford, Salford Youth Offending Service
  • Commissioning Award - Joint winners: Reading Borough Council, Children's Commissioning Team and Kirkby Collaborative of Schools, Knowsley
  • Children's Workforce Award - Winners: Time to Talk campaign from Warwickshire County Council and NHS Speech and Language Therapy Team Service, Highly commended: Early Language Development group, Wyre and Fylde
  • Young Person of the Year Award - Winner: Aidan Baker, Nottingham, Highly commended: Dylan Milner, Christchurch
  • Pearson Award for Inspiring Others - Winner: Clarice Barber, Denbigh
  • Pearson Superhero Award - Winner: Ethan Berry, Wolverhampton
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Winners: Reading Borough Council, Children's Commissioning Team

With such a wide variety of awards and over 75 applications, judging the awards is no easy feat! That's why some of the biggest names in speech, language and communication collaborated to help choose this year's winners. The 17 judges were:

  • Christopher Hall, Managing Director, Pearson (Chair)
  • Jack Fradgley, Young Person of the Year 2012
  • Hilary Berry, Headteacher, Over Hall Community School
  • Shona Crichton, The Communication Trust
  • Catherine Hillis, The Communication Trust
  • Sean Stockdale, Editor, Special
  • Norbert Lieckfeldt, British Stammering Association (Chair)
  • Lesley Munro, Pearson
  • Rhiannon Walton, 2012 SLCN Innovation winner
  • Diz Minnitt, Milton Keynes Youth Offending Team
  • Janet Cooper, Stokes Speaks Out and 2011 Winner
  • Amy Harker, The Communication Trust
  • Anne Fox, Director, The Communication Trust (Chair)
  • Kamini Gadhok, RCSLT
  • Peter Sutcliffe, SEN Magazine
  • Virginia Beardshaw, CEO, ICAN
  • Clare O'Rourke, Peacehaven Community School and 2012 Secondary School Winner

The event was hosted by health campaigner, broadcaster and journalist Anne Diamond. Our Director Anne Fox started and finished the Awards ceremony, please click here if you wish to read her speech.

Please click here to read the press release about the Awards.

We will be sharing the stories of the winners on the Shine a Light website this week, so please stay tuned!