THE work of staff at Redditch’s HOW College to put those with special needs and disabilities first has been recognised as ‘excellent’ and will be celebrated at an awards ceremony next month.
Heart of Worcestershire College’s Special Education Needs (SEN) provision has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellent Practice in Further Education’ category at this year’s SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) Awards.
Taking place at the Museum of London, on October 19, the awards, organised by the National Association of Special Educational Needs, will mark their 25th birthday, celebrating individuals and organisations whose actions make a difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND.
The nomination highlights the college’s drive to help learners with disabilities take centre stage – including the sensory and living training facilities at two of the college’s campuses following investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The facilities include a sensory room, a mocked up ‘flat’ to support learners developing independence skills, refurbished classroom areas and improved access to online facilities, in preparation for employment or living independently.
The college’s Claire Heywood said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. This is great recognition for us and acknowledges the fantastic support given to us by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and their investment with us on this project.
“This is also a great reflection for all the staff, but most of all, it’s a brilliant reflection of all the talented, committed and enthusiastic supported learners we have here at the College.”
For more information about the SEN provision visit howcollege.ac.uk