We congratulate Wyndham Primary Academy School as the runners up in 'the best primary school' category at last week's Shine a Light awards.
The awards, hosted by TV and radio presenter Paul Ross and held at Pearson’s London headquarters
in Strand, were first developed as part of 2011’s Hello campaign – the national year of
communication – to honour individuals, teams, projects and communities which have demonstrated
excellence in supporting the needs of all children and young people’s communication, particularly
those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Other winners include The Haven 2000 Nursery Ltd as Early Years’ Setting of the Year,
community-wide Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) for the Communication
Strategy Award and 18-year-old Jack Fradgley as Young Person of the Year.
Several new categories were added to the awards this year to allow a broader range of organisations
and individuals a chance to showcase their work. Therapy Ideas Live, from London, won the new
Innovation Award and North Lincolnshire RESPECT Programme won the new Youth Justice Award.
Mum-of-four Debra McNeil was named Communication Champion, for establishing a language
enrichment group for children in her Northern Ireland community.
Anne Fox, Director of The Communication Trust, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and those
highly commended at the Shine a Light Awards 2012. The judges had tough decisions to make
because there were so many excellent examples of people showing immense dedication to
supporting children and young people in developing good communication skills. We launched the
Shine a Light Awards last year as part of the Hello campaign and we’re delighted to see its legacy live
on through this year’s winners. Communication is a vital skill for everyone to learn and the quality
and range of applications we received this year show how much this is valued across society.”
Chris Hall, Managing Director of Pearson Assessment, said: “Being involved in the Shine a Light
Awards for a second year running has been a fantastic experience. Each and every application has
shown us the commitment that teams, organisations and individuals make on a daily basis to
supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Pearson
Assessment is delighted have again partnered The Communication Trust and support a campaign
that recognises these efforts. The creation of new applications for the Shine a Light Awards 2012
illustrates how the awards are continuing to grow, and we hope this continues into 2013.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and highly commended finalists, and thank you to all
those that took the time to share their best practice with us.”
Wyndham Primary are one of the first schools to take part in the Elklan accredited schools scheme. They are absolutely delighted and so are we!