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.
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.
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.
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.
Lorna McNab has worked in primary education for 26 years. She obtained a degree in psychology, which paved the way into teaching, where she completed her postgraduate certificate in education. Lorna believes in achievement for all, and it is this belief that has made her a champion for SEND pupils as a class teacher and a senior leader. She has been an advanced skilled teacher, a Deputy Headteacher of Primary and a chair of governors, where she has executed her passion for teaching and learning. Lorna is currently a governor at a local school in Birmingham.
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.
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.
Dr Sandeep Bodhanker conducted four solo world tours performing and promoting peace through art, mediation and yoga. He conducted lectures and demonstrations at 32 universities worldwide and received 5 honorary doctorates in addition to his PhD in Dance Therapy. His research in this area provides unique insight into the links between physical and mental wellbeing. As a cultural ambassador and member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council, he worked with 35 cultural ministries to build partnerships between nations through arts. Currently, Sandeep is a Primary teacher at Waverley School in Birmingham where he promotes equal opportunities and diversity. As Vice-Chair of a MAT, he ensures that money is well-spent to improve pupils’ and staffs’ knowledge and skills.
Dr Sandeep Bodhanker
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.