Our judging panel
Each category is judged by our judging panel of hand-picked professionals who all have a wealth of experience working across the educational industry.
Myles is a Specialist SEND ICT-AT SEND Consultant with 30 years’ experience as a special schools teacher working with complex needs and 10 years an adviser for ICT SEN with a local authority. For the last 8 years he has been running his consultancy and training company working with families, schools and professionals on a wide range of ICT to enable them to succeed.
Head of Family Services Seashell Trust, Co-Chair Stockport Parent Forum, NNPCF National Rep. Sherann was significantly involved in the Children and Families Act 2014 and relevant legislation. Sherann is a parent carer of 3 young people with SEND who is passionate about ensuring that children, young people and their families are at the heart of all services and legislation. Constantly advocating for the involvement of children, young people and parent carers in the design, development, review and delivery of services.
Sherann Hillman MBE
Claire Vuckovic is a Senior Lecturer (SEND and Inclusion) at the University of Cumbria, teaching on Undergraduate SEND and Inclusion Specialist ITE, Masters in Professional Practice and the National Professional Qualification for SENCOs. Claire has a background in primary teaching and the SENCO role, Specialist Teacher (Speech, Language and Communication) and LA Advisor for Early Years SEND. Claire has also contributed to NASEN's Special magazine and Early Years programmes.
Dr Sandeep Bodhanker
Malcolm Reeve is an independent SEND consultant and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND. Malcolm was designated a National Leader of Education in 2012 and is a Member of the National SEND Forum. He was formerly Chief Executive of Columbus School and College and Executive Director for SEND & Inclusion at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). He is Patron of the Centre Algarve holiday centre for people with special needs.
Jack Grange, is a British rapper, songwriter, Mental Health and neurodiversity advocate. Jack was diagnosed with ADHD during the latter stages of his time in education. Before this he endured several years of feeling misunderstood leading him to hit rock bottom. His own personal experiences gave him a massive passion for creating vital awareness around neurodiversity and to use his platform to make a positive change. Jack currently delivers presentations to both students and teachers in a wide range of education settings, including Pupil Referral Units and mainstream provision. Jack has also appeared on BBC National news, radio stations and a number of online magazines. Jack also recently attended the all party parliamentary group (APPG) for ADHD and has worked with charities such as The Princes Trust. He is also a young ambassador for the ADHD Foundation.
Graham is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the New Bridge MAT and Group based in the north west of England. He has over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people with additional needs. Graham is the SSAT’s National SEND ambassador. He is chair of Special School’s Voice (SSV) and also a member of the National SEND Reference Group. Both groups work directly with key national policy makers. He is a designated National Leader of Education.
Jean-Louis Dutaut was a teacher and school middle leader for 15 years across secondary and further education and has always taken a keen interest in inclusion and supporting students with learning difficulties to achieve their potential. Now as commissioning editor of Schools Week, he works to ensure the voices of those who work most closely with these students are heard to shape policy and practice across the system.