Shining a light on communication


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Shine a Light Awards.

The Awards, supported by The Communication Trust and Pearson, seek to recognise the incredible contributions of teams, schools, settings, young people and individuals across England who champion innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication.

The Shine a Light Awards, a flagship event in education and healthcare calendars, will return in March 2018.

Nominations are now open across a wide range of award categories including:

  • The Katie Rough Memorial Award for innovative or excellent practice when working with children and young people affected by Selective Mutism — this is a new category held in honour of Katie Rough who had selective mutism and sadly, died at the tender age of seven this year.
  • Early Years Setting of the Year Award.
  • Primary School of the Year Award.
  • Secondary School or College of the Year Award.
  • SEN School or Group of the Year Award.
  • Child / Young Person of the Year Award.
  • Youth Justice of the Year Award.
  • SLCN Innovation of the Year Award.
  • Communication Champion of the Year Award.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication of the Year Award.
  • Pearson Outstanding Achievement Award.

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

We are delighted that the Shine a Light Awards are back with a bang for 2018. The applications that we receive every year are incredibly inspiring and it is humbling to witness what is being achieved to help children and young people with their speech, language and communication needs.

The efforts of individuals and settings across the country are so crucial to children and young people’s learning, social and emotional development and future prospects. We run these awards with The Communication Trust to ensure best practice and innovation is celebrated and recognised. We hope that 2018 will attract the most exciting nominations yet, so take part and get ready to shine.

Octavia Holland, Director of The Communication Trust, said:

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 amazing. 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). We encourage settings and individuals across the country to put themselves in the spotlight and celebrate the work they have achieved.

The Shine a Light Awards have grown in popularity since their launch during the National Year of Communication in 2011 (known as the Hello campaign). To date, the awards have celebrated the work of over 120 teams and a wide range of individuals, including young people with severe and complex SLCN.

The awards website is now open for applications and further details on how to apply can be found at Applications close at 11:59 pm on 12 January 2018.

The Shine a Light Awards Ceremony will take place with a celebrity host on 22 March 2018 in London.


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