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Shine a Light awards announce new categories for 2012

Article By: Richard Howard, News Editor

Established to support best practice communication among children and young people, the Shine a Light awards offer recognition for the contribution made by hardworking childcare teams and individuals around the country.

Fresh from its success as part of the ‘Hello’ campaign last year – organised to mark the national year of communication and widely praised by speech and language professionals – the Shine a Light awards 2012 have now been launched and are welcoming applications from all round the UK.

In doing so, organisers The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment have announced a number of new categories they hope will be embraced by a wider range of organisations, that include an Innovation award, a Youth Justice award, a Communication Champion award, and also an Outstanding Achievement award.

The Communication Trust professional director Wendy Lee comments: “The Shine a Light awards are a unique way to recognise the fantastic work being done by teachers, therapists and scores of professionals to support children and young people’s communication.

“Last year’s awards raised the profile of more than 35 leading organisations for early years, schools, speech and language therapy teams and commissioners alongside a number of inspiring individuals and young people with communication difficulties. They were a motivational force, resulting in tangible differences for the winners and highly commended finalists and these great examples of good practice were shared with practitioners across the UK.”

Pearson Assessment managing director Chris Hall says: “The Shine a Light awards were the highlight of the Hello campaign last year, which Pearson Assessment was proud to support. We were blown away by the inspiring work and quality of entries received. Exciting new categories for this year such as the ‘Innovation Award’ for settings that are using new ways to support children and raise awareness of their work, will add to the popular categories from last year.

“We are pleased to see that ‘Communication Friendly’ settings, ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Commissioning’ awards are back. In 2012, we want to give recognition and thanks to more teams and individuals. It may be your time to shine whether you are part of a large area-wide initiative, small grassroots project or individual champion.”

Application forms can be sourced from, with a September 21st deadline and an awards ceremony being held at Pearson Assessment’s head office in London on November 21.

Image: Last year’s celebrity host Vanessa Feltz with Jack Marshall, winner of the Young Person of the Year Award


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