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Elklan accredited school is 'Highly commended'

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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!