BASE members win Natspec Awards

Leading post-16 providers that teach students with special educational needs and disabilities have been recognised for excellence in the sector at the inaugural awards of specialist further education organisation Natspec.

The pathways to employment award went to BASE member and Yorkshire provider Camphill Wakefield, for having an “aspirational” pathway into employment embedded into the curriculum, which included vocational profiling, job-matching, in-work support and careers guidance. Former principal of specialist provider Foxes Academy, Tracey Clare-Grey, who judged this category, awarded it to Camphill because “expectations of employment are embedded into learning” so“students are supported into employment”.

Another BASE member, Ambitious College, won the The wellbeing and mental health award for its work in occupational therapy. This included a dedicated TV channel, bespoke curriculum, and weekly yoga sessions. The judge for this award Helen Brooks, who helped develop the SEND Code of Practice while working at the Department for Education, called it a “really innovative idea” which had an impact across the whole college.

Wargrave House LEAP College won the partnership working award for its ‘post-16 and friends of Lyme and Wood community’ project, a collaboration between college and community groups to provide a range of work experience opportunities, including setting up a community allotment and working in a pop-up café.

The full list of winners:

  • Innovative Use of Technology – Derwen College
  • Pathways into Employment – Camphill Wakefield
  • Student Voice – Coleg Elidyr
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health – Ambitious College
  • Inter-disciplinary Working – National Star College
  • Partnership Working – Wargrave House LEAP College

Source: FE Week