• Last year's winner of Teacher of the Year at the nasen Awards

Nominations open for nasen Awards

A UK special educational needs charity’s sixth annual awards are now open for nominations, with two brand new categories to enter.

The nasen Awards focus on celebrating schools, early years settings, FE provision, individuals and organisations for their remarkable work in helping children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to thrive and achieve, both in the UK and across the globe.

The awards were started by ‘nasen’, a charity that supports and champions those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND.

Now, it has opened nominations and is encouraging practitioners, teachers, headteachers, parents, carers and young people to nominate a school, setting, organisation or individual that they believe has truly made a difference.

Each of the 15 categories will be judged by an independent panel, bringing a wealth of experience in education and SEND, as individuals with lived experience or as practitioners and professionals.

The nasen’s Award for Young Person Aged Over 17 is a new award for this year that recognises an individual between 17 – 25 that has achieved against the odds and/or made a positive difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND.

The other new award is the nasal’s Award for Person of the Year which focuses on an individual who has made significant, innovative and outstanding contributions to enhancing the SEND community.

Chief Executive of nasen, Annamarie Hassall MBE said: “In our 30th anniversary year, we are proud to be celebrating those who are making a difference for SEND.  

“The nasen Awards has continued to grow year on year, and each and every time we receive an increasing number of worthy nominations from across the education sector, from both here in the UK and internationally.”

She added: “As a celebration of its success, this year two new categories have been added to help recognise even more heroes of SEND. 

“We can’t wait to bring everyone together and put even more winners and shortlisted finalists in the spotlight at a glittering event in the Grand Hotel, Birmingham. 

“It really is a fantastic event, and I encourage you all, if you know of a school, individual or organisation that goes above and beyond, to nominate them today! 

“Join us in shining a spotlight on SEND and celebrate the individuals, teams and settings that truly stand out.”

The closing date for nominations is 29th July 2022. The awards ceremony will take place on 14th October 2022 at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham.

For more information on the nasen Awards and to nominate, visit: www.nasen.org.uk/awards

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