Stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer, Adam Hess hosts 2018 Shine a Light Awards which is set to take place in London on Thursday 22 March 2018.
The national awards scheme, run by Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust, celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication development.
Pearson and The Communication Trust, a coalition of over 50 organisations dedicated to supporting children and young people's speech, language and communication, are seeking to recognise the incredible contributions of teams, settings and individuals across England as well as the inspirational journeys of young people living with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
SLCN impacts on ability to make friends, learn and achieve
Adam Hess, Host of the 2018 Shine a Light Awards, said: “As a comedian, I rely on my ability to use words and express myself. I was surprised to learn that in the UK today, over one million children and young people have some form of long-term and complex speech, language and communication need that impacts on their ability to make friends, learn and achieve.
"It's heartwarming to know that these awards are raising awareness of the important work that teams and individuals across the country are doing to make a difference. I'm really looking forward to hosting the awards and in particular meeting the inspirational children and young people with SLCN."
The Shine a Light Awards feature 11 categories including Primary and Secondary School of the Year, Special Educational Needs (SEN) School of the Year, Early Years Setting of the Year and Child/Young Person of the Year Award.
Putting the spotlight on those often unrecognised
Chris Hall, Director of Clinical Assessment at Pearson, said: “We are delighted that Adam is part of the Shine a Light Awards. Adam wouldn’t be able to do his job without the ability to communicate however for many this can be a daily struggle. Being able to speak, use language and communicate are vital skills that are taken for granted.
“The Shine a Light Awards recognises the incredible individuals, teams and settings that work so hard to help children and young people with their speech, language and communication needs, giving those often unrecognised the opportunity to be put in the spotlight.”
Application for the 2018 Shine a Light Awards have now closed. For further information and to find out about this year's award winners, visit our Shine a Light Awards section or follow on Twitter #awardsSAL.
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Date posted: 23rd January, 2018