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Press Release: Championing the communication needs of children and young people

The fourth Shine a Light Awards return for 2015

Good communication skills are essential for learning and making friends, and have wide impacts across a child’s development, which is why The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment have today launched the fourth Shine a Light Awards 2015. Featuring new categories, these awards will recognise teams, settings and individuals across England who supports children and young people’s communication needs.

Shine a Light Awards logo 2015These awards have become a flagship event in the education and health care calendars. They focus on areas where excellence and best practice in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs has been clearly demonstrated and raise the profile of outstanding working taking place.


Three new awards categories

This year three new awards categories have been created to widen the scope and give as many settings and teams the opportunity to shout about their work and what they are doing to support children and young people.

The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Award’, ‘The Community Friendly Award’ and ‘The Communication Commitment School of the Year Award’ will feature alongside popular categories such as , such as early year’s settings, schools and colleges awards and innovation in SLCN which have been retained. With the new Education, Health and Care Plans coming in force, practical examples of how and why early intervention and ongoing support for children with SLCN is of key importance.

The Shine a Light Awards have grown in popularity since their launch during the national year of communication and have to date seen over 90 teams and individuals celebrated for their work, including Mr Tumble/Justin Fletcher, ArtBurst Ltd and Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL).


Showcasing best practice

Anne Fox, Director of The Communication Trust said: “The applications that we receive for the Shine a Light Awards showcase some the best practice that is taking place in England around speech, language and communication needs.

"All children and young people deserve the opportunity to develop communication skills that are for life and Shine a Light provides the platform which enables individuals, teams and settings to shout about their work and be recognised an example to others. This year’s new categories we help us go even further in continuing to inspire others and get everyone talking about the importance of communication."

Chris Hall, Managing Director, Pearson Assessment said: “The return of the Shine a Light Awards for its fourth year is a testament to the exceptional amount of work that is taking place across England to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

Pearson Assessment is delighted to be working with The Communication Trust again to help champion those schools, teams, individuals and young people who clearly demonstrate the impact that their work can have on outcomes for young people. We encourage all settings to shout about their activities, the exceptional people they work with and the dedicationthey show, so that together we can help all young people reach their potential.“

The awards website is now open for applications, and further details on how to apply can be found at Applications close at 11:59 pm on the 24th June 2015, with an awards ceremony to take place in September 2015 in London.


Date posted: April 24, 2015


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About The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 leading voluntary sector organisations, which raises awareness, influences policy, promotes best practice among the children’s workforce and commissions work from its members. It has an extensive advisory group, which includes the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Association of Educational Psychologists and the General Teaching Council.

The Trust ran Hello, the national year of communication – in conjunction with Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion for Children to make children’s communication a priority in homes and schools across the UK.

For more information about the Trust visit

About Pearson Assessment

Pearson Assessment is the world’s largest commercial developer and distributor of educational assessments and psychological testing materials with over 90 year’s history of commitment to researching and developing products to a reliable high standard.

Pearson Assessment is dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence, leadership, and growth through acquisition, development, publication, and the maintenance of quality assessment tools in order to anticipate and meet the needs of its customers. Pearson Assessment has co-run the Shine a Light Awards with The Communication Trust, since their launch in 2011 during the Hello campaign for the national year of communication.

For more information about Pearson Assessment visit the website.

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