SEND practitioners change lives and empower young people.

Those working with children with special educational needs have a huge impact that goes above and beyond the classroom; they are changing lives, empowering children and young people they work with, and incorporating their local community and families too.

Tell us how your colleague has ensured that the children and young people in their care are able to achieve aspirational goals, allowing them to be contributing members of society.

Who can enter?

  • Open to all staff working in special and additional needs environments.
  • They do not need to hold QTS.
  • We welcome entries from state and independent schools.
  • We welcome entries for diverse educators who represent the diversity of our society

Key points to consider

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success, please address these points in your entry.

  • Learning environment: The ways in which your nominee creates a learning environment, which is not only calm and safe but also inspires a love of learning. How are they able to foster their students’ enthusiasm to achieve their full potential both academically and holistically – developing a range of skills and qualities to help them be ambitious and optimistic about life?
  • Students’ progress: The skills, characteristics, and methods your colleague utilises, making them an exceptional classroom practitioner, who inspires and motivates every child s/he supports so they make impressive progress both academically and holistically. How do they engage other colleagues and parents on their children’s learning journey?
  • Continuous development: All educators support students with SEND. How does your nominee ensure that they are committed to their own professional development to stay up to date with the latest changes to the Special Educational Needs arena? We’d love to read about some examples of how they have developed their own skills and understanding, sharing best practice with colleagues.
  • Impact beyond the classroom: The ways in which your colleague ensures children in their class are learning to be good citizens and can show how their actions make a difference. On a wider level how s/he enriches the life of the school community, engaging other professionals to address the students’ needs. Tell us why all stakeholders believe that s/he is one of the best SEND practitioners in the country.

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2024 Pearson National Teaching Awards entry form

Note: Please read the 'Points to cover' prior to making your entry.