nasen Awards

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Our prestigious black-tie awards ceremony is back! This year we will be celebrating achievements across the SEND community on Friday 18th October at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

The nasen awards seek to recognise and share the best practice which, ultimately, really benefits children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities (SEND). To have this impact, there are some common features of practice which we would expect to see evidenced across the categories. These features are:

  • inclusive leadership and governance which would be visible at every tier in an organisation
  • a collaborative approach to working
  • productive engagement with the full community of the organisation
  • innovation
  • a commitment to sharing effective practice beyond own organisation

Importantly, for every award there is an expectation that the work being recognised has improved outcomes for children or young people with SEND and that individual or organisation has gone above and beyond expected practice.

Those shortlisted to win an award will be invited to the black-tie ceremony which will include dinner and drinks.

nasen Awards Shortlist 

Early Years Provision Award

The Lloyd Park Children's Charity 

Abbey School

Randolph Beresford Nursery and Early Years Centre


Secondary Provision Award

Landgate School

Sarah Bonnell School


Post 16-25 Provision Award

Derwen College

Ruskin Mill Trust

Cardiff and Vale College


Provision of the Year award

Chichester College - The York Road Project

SeeAbility (in partnership with Perseid School, Village School, Moorcroft School, Grangewood School, Willow Dene School, Charlton Park Academy and RNIB Sunshine House)

Leamington LAMP


Innovative Technology Award

SpeechLink Multimedia Ltd - Junior Language Link

Scanning Pens


Co-production with Children and Young People and their Families Award

Oakfield High School and College

Rotherham Chater and Genuine Partnerships VOICES

Ladywood School


Learning Support Staff of the Year Award

Jeevan Chagger

Loz Larkin


SEND Leader of the Year Award

Sally McFarlane

Thomas Keaney

Nuzhat Lilani


Teacher of the Year Award

Mr Roberts & Mrs Ingoe

Liz Wilcox

Fatimeh Hussain


Young Person/Youth (up to 25) Award

Siena Castellon

Jemima Browning


Jeevan Chagger




nasen Awards 2019 judging panel

  • Prof Adam Boddison

    Professor Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. He is also the Chair of the Whole School SEND consortium, which is leading on the delivery of the government’s SEND Schools’ Workforce contract. Adam is a National Leader of Governance, Chair and Vice-Chair of two Local Authority primary schools and a Trustee at two Multi-Academy Trusts, which span primary, secondary and specialist settings. Adam is a Trustee of the Potential Trust, a member of the National SEND Forum and a Fellow of the RSA. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick and Academic Principal for IGGY (a global educational social network for gifted teenagers). He has published a range of mathematics books and is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.

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  • Sherann Hillman MBE

    Head of Family Services Seashell Trust, Co-Chair Stockport Parent Forum, NNPCF National Rep. Sherann was significantly involved in the Children and Families Act 2014 and relevant legislation. Sherann is a parent carer of 3 young people with SEND  who is passionate about ensuring that children, young people and their families are at the heart of all services and legislation.  Constantly advocating for the involvement of children, young people and parent carers in the design, development, review and delivery of services. 

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  • Richard Daniel Curtis

    Richard Daniel Curtis is a former teacher and local authority advisor, who specialises in social, emotional and mental health. He chairs the National SEND Awards and is the Programme Director for the National Leaders in Social, Emotional and Mental Health Programme. He has written over ten books related to social, emotional and mental health. He is also the author of the Curtis Scale, a measure of social and emotional skills used to assess the gaps causing behaviour or low level mental difficulties.

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  • Myles Pilling

    Myles is a Specialist SEND ICT Consultant for his own company AccessAbility Solutions. 30 years a special schools teache working severe , complex and profound learning difficulities, 10 years an adviser for ICT SEN at a local authority. For the last 6 years he has been running his consultancy and training company working with families, schools and professionals on a wide range of ICT to enable them to succeed. He has a passion to see ICT back on the school agenda as a practical cost effective strategy for every pupil. 
    Myles is also an external lecturer for Bath Spa University where he lectures on the use ICT to aide dyslexia learners an vulnerable learners needs. He is also a co-Director of the British Assistive Technology Association and narrowly missed on a  NAACE award in 2014 as one of the finalists in the SEN category. Myles brings experience and knowledge to the table on the use of ICT and Assistive Technology in the education sector.

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  • Claire Vuckovic

    Claire Vuckovic is a Senior Lecturer (SEND and Inclusion) at the University of Cumbria, teaching on Undergraduate SEND and Inclusion Specialist ITE, Masters in Professional Practice and the National Professional Qualification for SENCOs. Claire has a background in primary teaching and the SENCO role, Specialist Teacher (Speech, Language and Communication) and LA Advisor for Early Years SEND. Claire has also contributed to NASEN's Special magazine and Early Years programmes.

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  • Dr Sandeep Bodhanker

    Dr Sandeep Bodhanker conducted four solo world tours performing and promoting peace through art, mediation and yoga. He conducted lectures and demonstrations at 32 universities worldwide and received 5 honorary doctorates in addition to his PhD in Dance Therapy. His research in this area provides unique insight into the links between physical and mental wellbeing. As a cultural ambassador and member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council, he worked with 35 cultural ministries to build partnerships between nations through arts. Currently, Sandeep is a Primary teacher at an inner-city school in the West Midlands where he promotes equal opportunities and diversity.

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  • Lynette Whitehouse

    Lynette Whitehouse is the Learning Mentor at Stivichall Primary School in Coventry; she is part of the Inclusion Team, is the CAF/Early Help Lead and is one of the school’s four DSL’s. She has also recently been asked to be the Deputy of the Mental Health Team for the school. Lynette has 16 years’ experience at the school supporting children with SEN and SEBD; recognising and supporting children with these needs are of paramount importance to her; she facilitates many groups such as self-esteem, self-regulation and mindfulness, Lego Therapy and Sensory groups. She has Relate training to provide counselling for children within her role, and has established a pupil self-referral system across the school for children to request to speak with her about their worries.

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  • Graham Quinn

    Graham is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the New Bridge MAT and Group. He has over 30 years experience of working with children and young people with additional needs.

    Graham is also the National SEND lead for the schools students and teachers network (SSAT). The network represents the views of 350 special schools across the country. He is also chair of Special School’s Voice (SSV) a group that works directly with key national policy makers. It is within this role that he works on a regular basis with The DFE, The new Schools Network, The RSCs, Ofsted and many other governmental departments. He advocated for young people with disabilities on the 2012 Olympic group. He was a past member of the National Head teachers’ steering group.

    He is a National Leader of Education and was previously a School Improvement Partner for schools in Wakefield.

    He has experience of presenting at local, regional and National levels particularly on raising aspirations, curriculum design, workforce reform and establishing 21st century learning environments. He has written many articles for various publications and books.

    He has a passion that all young people should be able to progress and achieve within excellent schools. He fervently believes that young people should be offered a stimulating and relevant curriculum. Their school experiences should prepare each individual to be able to contribute and participate in communities, and society as a whole.

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  • Malcolm Reeve

    Malcolm Reeve is an independent SEND consultant and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND. Malcolm was designated a National Leader of Education in 2012 and is a Member of the National SEND Forum. He was formerly Chief Executive of Columbus School and College and Executive Director for SEND & Inclusion at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) - the UK’s largest academy chain. He is Patron of the Centre Algarve holiday centre for people with special needs.

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