I CAN’s Dawn House School celebrating following Shine a Light awards

I CAN and staff and students from I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield are celebrating today, as the School was highly commended in the Shine a Light national campaign awards last night (23rd November), in the Communication Friendly Award – Secondary Schools and Colleges Category.

Dawn House School and I CAN are also thrilled that the Clipstone Co-operative food store in Mansfield, Nottingham, was awarded a Shine a Light national campaign award for their work supporting young people from Dawn House School and MENCAP who have speech, language and communication needs, in The Employee Support Category.

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN Chief Executive said, “We are completely delighted that the work of Dawn House School staff and the Co-op have been recognised by the national Shine a Light awards. The school staff work tirelessly to ensure that our young people are have their specific needs met, so they can achieve their full potential both educationally and socially. All of us at I CAN would also like to extend our congratulations to the Clipstone Co-operative food store who have forged a special partnership with our school and our students to provide this invaluable work experience.”

The Shine a Light awards, from The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment, are the flagship initiative of the Hello campaign (national year of communication). The award announcements were made at the ceremony on Wednesday 23rd November, hosted by Vanessa Feltz. Shine a Light was designed to honour individuals, teams, projects, communication friendly settings and communities that have demonstrated excellence in supporting the needs of all children and young people’s communication, including those with speech, language and communication needs.

40 judges representing some of the biggest voices in speech, language and communication were involved in Shine a Light. This included Dame Clare Tickell, who recently led a Government review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Professor Neil Mercer from the University of Cambridge, Professor Geoff Lindsay of the University of Warwick, and Jean Gross, England’s Communication Champion for children.

The awards were sponsored by BT and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

For more information about the winners, and to see a video about them, visit www.hello.org.uk