The nasen Awards 2020



The nasen Awards 2020 Winners

The winners of the nasen awards 2020 have been announced! Congratulations to all you can view the announcement video below: 

The Innovation Award for Technology


Sensory Processing with GriffinOT

Sensory Processing with GriffinOT is an online training package designed to help educators support children with sensory processing differences in the classroom. Supported SEND includes, but is not limited to, students with autism, ADHD, and dyspraxia. Initially launched in 2017, the newest version was released in April 2020.


In 2018, a national project was funded to assess the efficacy of telepresence robots to support children with medical illness return to school. AV1 is a telepresence robot that is the eyes and ears of the pupil who are too unwell to attend school

Connecting Safely Online Hub

Connecting Safely Online; created Sept 19 -May 2020, launched July 2020. Experts from Internet Matters and Youthworks worked with young people, parents, carers and teachers to create an inclusive online safety hub for teenagers with SEND and their parents and carers.

Infant Language Link (Speech Link Multimedia Ltd)

Speech Link Multimedia Ltd provides support for speech and language in the mainstream classroom. Infant Language Link assessment, which was released in 2009, enables schools to identify and support hidden SLCN through online assessments, interventions, training, resources and specialist SLT support.



Derwen College - 'Digital Support Work' project

Project ‘Support Work’, started in 2018, develops easy-to-use apps on the Laravel Novel admin panel, to guide students in their employment skills and promote learning and achievement.


The David Ryan Publication Award 2020


Girls and Autism Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

Edited by edited by Barry Carpenter et al, this book has been a powerful catalyst for conversations around female autism and how it presents in girls.

Special Needs Assessment Profile (SNAP-SpLD)

SNAP-SpLD is an online profiling tool to help identify specific learning difficulties, generate targeted interventions and track pupil progress over time.

Book of Beasties: The Mental Wellness Card Game

Book of Beasties The Mental Wellness Card Game and Lesson Plans, created 2018, with ongoing research into its impact on children's wellbeing. An early intervention that aspires to raise emotional literacy, teach resilience, empathy and encourage the conversation about mental health like never before.



The Suffolk SEND Post 16 Transitions Guide

The guide was created in 2019 and in June 2020 was republished in an improved version. Its purpose is to support young people aged 14-19 with all types of SEND - and their families/supporters to plan a successful journey towards


The nasen Award for Early Years Provision - Sponsored by Nursery World


Pennywell Early Years Centre

Pennywell Early Years Centre (PEYC), is a beacon of good practice in relation to provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The setting was judged to be outstanding by OFSTED in November 2018 for the fifth time in succession.

Landgate School

Landgate is a school and college (Aspire Federation) for learners aged 4-19 with Autism and/ or communication and interaction conditions. We are nominating our ‘First Foundations Team’ consisting of Year Reception to Year 2 for their dedication and impact on our inspirational learners and families.



Lloyd Park

The charity builds brighter futures for children and families by targeting those most in need of support. Our provision (childcare and community services) is developed in response to local needs and goes over and above what is expected to secure positive outcomes for children below expected levels of development or SEND.


The nasen Award For Primary Provision - Sponsored by GL Assessment


Marine Academy Primary

Marine Academy Primary is an innovative primary school supporting a range of pupils, it is ambitious, rich in aspirational values and totally inclusive. The Academy works alongside parents and caregivers to prepare pupils for the world of today.

Whiteley Primary School

Whiteley Primary school in Hampshire is an exemplary inclusive community primary school. The school which serves the local children and families with over 630 pupils. Within that community there are young people with wide diverse and sometimes significant additional needs who are welcomed and thrive alongside their peers.



Wheldrake with Thorganby CE School

Wheldrake with Thorganby School is a mainstream school which lives and breathes its moto of 'Working together to be the best that we can be'. It supports children with a range of additional significantly complex needs such as those with cognitive difficulties, speech (non verbal), hearing, vision, and mobility issues.


The nasen Award For Secondary Provision - Sponsored by Nisai


The Summit Centre

The Summit centre is be based in Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. It is set within an area of significant deprivation. It serves the wards of Ladybrook and Bullfarm/Pleasley, which are among the 20% most deprived wards in the County according to the Government’s official statistics (English indices of deprivation 2015).

Eden Park High School - SEND Department

Eden Park High School innovative and forward-thinking SEND Department. They fully engage with the whole school, to be as inclusive as possible. Whether this is presenting to the Governors, regular meetings with the SEND Governor, training staff (including new staff and NQTs)in a whole school INSET, working with the SEND Representatives which we have established in each department, working staff, parents and students.

Fair Ways School

Fair Ways School is a small independent school working with 50 young people across 3 school sites, all our young people have EHCP and SEMH / ASD needs. The young people have all been out of education for periods of time or tried all different alternative provisions.



The Autism Resource Provision at Wilmslow High School

The ASC Resource Provision at Wilmslow High continue to use innovative approaches to help their students. The Resource caters for all aspects of ASC, but it is their Forest School project, Life Skills programmes, Preparing for Adulthood and work around PDA, especially with students who are school refusers and those who are unable to access the mainstream curriculum that sets them aside.


The nasen Award For 16-25 Provision - Sponsored by Ambitious About Autism


Chichester College

Chichester College is an “Outstanding” College where learners with Additional Needs consistently succeed in-line with their peers and achieve positive outcomes.

Harrison College

Harrison College Ltd. is a post 16 business, enterprise and employability college based in Doncaster working with young people with ASD and/or SEMH. There is no other provision in the region offering the unique environment and curriculum that we have developed for our young people.



Abbot's Lea School

Abbot's Lea School and its successful supported internship programme that promotes equal employment opportunities for students with Autism and associated complex communication, learning and social needs. Based in Liverpool Abbot's Lea is an outstanding school that specialises in the highest quality holistic education for nearly 300 young people, age 3-19 with Autism and associated complex communication, learning and social needs.


Provision of the Year - Sponsored by Axcis


Abbot's Lea School

Abbot’s Lea School in Liverpool is an outstanding school that specialises in the highest quality holistic education for nearly 300 young people, age 3-19 with Autism and associated complex communication, learning and social needs.

Meadow View Farm School

Meadow View Farm School caters for up to 36 boys and girls SEMH needs. The aim of the school is to work with the children and their families to help them to learn how to manage their behaviour enabling them where possible to return to mainstream or area special schools. MVFS has a strong belief built around “readiness to learn”.



Prince Albert Primary School

Prince Albert Primary School have created a bespoke Nurture Group Provision to support children with complex SEND across all year groups. The group has developed into something that provides high quality personalised support for children with significant needs including Autism in a bespoke environment.


The nasen Award for Co-Production with Children and Young People and their Families - Sponsored by Seashell Trust


Nudge Education

Nudge Education have a vision is to eradicate exclusion from the face of the education sector. They are solving this problem by engaging, educating and empowering children who are temporarily or permanently excluded, refusing to attend or struggling to make progress within their education.
Nudge Education holistically with our students working with the student, family and other involved services to ensure that the intervention is long lasting.


Alfriston Special School

Alfriston Special School is a special school for girls aged 11-18. It is a setting which demonstrates excellence in effective use of person-centred working with children, young people and their families. Staff are driven and passionate about the difference they can make to the lives of young people. Through the incredible work in wellbeing- staff care about each individual child and all pride themselves in the warmth of their community in which all their pupils feel valued.



Bright Heart Education Ltd

Bright Heart Education is a tutoring agency which has supported many families, children and young people with SEND since September 2018, with needs comprising:
• Communication and interaction
• Cognition and learning
• SEMH difficulties
• Sensory and physical needs.



nasen Teacher of the Year


Miss Emma Umney

Emma is a an incredibly impressive Early Years Teacher and Leader; the inclusive and caring culture and climate she creates in all aspects of her work have had an exceptional impact on children and young people with SEND.

Mr Rob Harrison

Rob has been fundamental in helping secure Outstanding Ofsted judgements for Perryfields in both 2015 and 2019 along with Perryfields becoming Primary School of the Year at last year’s Worcestershire Education Awards. Furthermore, this year Rob has led Perryfields to becoming an IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) Centre of Excellence and a SSMC Gold Award school.




Mr Jon White

Jon is an exceptional teacher. He works tirelessly for all pupils, not just in his school-but across Merseyside. Jon places himself at the forefront of innovation, and always puts the needs of young people at the heart of everything he does.


Learning Support Staff Member of the Year Award - Sponsored by Access 1st


Sally Baugh

Sally has been an exceptional leader of our SEND learning support team at Northampton School for Girls for 16 years who will retire in March 2021. Her unselfish pursuit of the equity and opportunities for our SEND students is second to none and each SEND student feels known (loved) nurtured and special within our large secondary school of 1700 students.

Jackie Farrow

Jackie Farrow is a full time LSA at Godalming Junior School. She works as a key worker for our most challenging and complex children. She also provides our ELSA support across the school and liaises regularly with outside agencies including CAMHS and the educational psychology service



Lydia Hyde

Lydia Hyde is an inspirational woman who supported our most challenging children giving them self-value and status with their peers, a model of inclusivity. They did things they found difficult – just for her – achieving excellent social, emotional and academic outcomes. She even continued these relationships once pupils left the school.


SEND Leader of the Year Award - Sponsored by NEU


David Walton-Raine

David Walton-Raine is a SENDCo. Since joining the school in September 2019 he has introduced a range of sensory resources and interventions, including resourcing a sensory area within school, establishing daily sensory circuit groups and a lunchtime sensory provision club which have supported a wealth of children with Special Educational Needs in our school.

Rob Belbin

Rob not only leads a highly successful team across Bincombe Valley School but also works strategically across the South West with Public Health Teams, practioners, school leaders and national organisations to ensure all young people can access the life changing benefits when it comes to inspiring, accessible and meaningful activity. Rob is also on the board of Activity Alliance and his contributions have ensured the organization are able to fully support schools all over the UK and respond to their concerns around inclusion.



Matthew Rooney

Matthew Rooney is the inspirational leader of St Giles School.
His leadership across different agencies including social care, health and education, through the recent pandemic, has seen children with SEND receive the best possible offer and enabled their families a sense of normality, safety and support during a time which has been so uncertain.



Young Person/Youth (up to 25 years) Achievement Award - Sponsored by Thrive


Sam Hester-Smith

Whilst a student at Manor Green School, Sam was also a volunteer youth ambassador for our local authority, meeting with them once a month to discuss youth services in the borough. He also did some work experience at a local nursery. Sam undertook his GCSE’s in partnership with our neighbouring school and upon leaving school Sam applied for an Apprenticeship to become a Specialist Support Assistant within Manor Green, and was successful in his application.


Kieran Jay Mordue

Kieran Jay Mordue is 21 years old and he has a duel diagnosis of High functioning autism and Asperger syndrome which he was given at the age of 6. Kieran has experienced both mainstream and special school education with varying degrees of success.



Marcus Wilton

Marcus is an inspirational 12 year old with ASD, ADHD, PDA. Since the age of 9 he's travelled the country speaking at schools, national events, and conferences inspiring young people and professionals with his humour, personality and positivity delivering the message 'it's ok to be different, find your talent, your superpower, and run with it'


International Provision of the Year Award


The Observatory School

The Observatory School is a SEMH school on the Wirral which continues to explore and push the boundaries of opportunity for our pupils. We venture further, we take our learning outside the classroom at every opportunity, we are bound only by our imagination and we provide an education like no other school. The school has been able to create an amalgamation of the best educational values with the most contemporary and inspirational ideals. 



The British School New Delhi

The Learning Solutions Centre was set up in September 2019 as an extension to our existing SEND provision. The centre enabled us to offer a wider range of therapeutic services, assessments and training, to benefit students without the need for parents to travel across Delhi in search of quality providers.



The nasen Awards 2020

The nasen Awards 2020

The winners for the 2020 awards have been announced! Take a look at those who were shortlisted and the winners for this year, the sponsors and details of the awards.

nasen Award Categories

nasen Award Categories

13 different categories designed to celebrate achievements within school/organisation settings as well as reward individuals who are all going that extra mile to support children and young people with SEND.

Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Our carefully selected judging panel have a wealth of experience working across the educational industry.