Ian Sippitt
  • The Lockdown Hero Award for Learner and Community Support
  • Aurora Eccles School
  • Norwich, Norfolk

Ian’s aim is that young people with special educational needs can develop interests and aspirations through engaging with the natural world. In March 2020 Ian launched the YouTube channel Forest School Folk and the first video ‘mindfulness five countdown’, ensuring the physical and mental health of students with special needs did not deteriorate during Covid. It was intended to help Eccles’ students regulate in times of distress and upset. The video quickly received thousands of views on social media, as far away as the USA.