Winner of Innovation of the Year
Valerie James – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Westbridge PRU
Val introduced the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award scheme at Westbridge Pupil Referral Unit to support young people who would not be attaining GCSEs, to give them something extra to add to their CV for future placements, jobs and college courses. The judging panel was inspired by this project, which has been so successful as an alternative curriculum provision that it has been recognised nationally as being an exemplary and innovative piece of work.
Conservatoire East – West Suffolk College
West Suffolk College’s performing arts offering has been transformed by the innovative launch of Conservatoire EAST, which opened in September. It offers vocational, industry-led training in all aspects of the entertainments arts and supporting technologies. It also includes a 100-seat new arts venue for the region, giving students invaluable experience of performing in front of a live audience.
Sandcastle Playgroup has been praised for its exemplary inclusive early years practice and has been used to showcase national good practice in childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities. On top of carrying out the key elements of early years childcare extremely well, they are trailblazers in that all staff are trained in Makaton, so all the children use this as a communication tool.