We aim to celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday heroes: children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and the people who support them
We aim to advance, encourage and influence local and national education, health and care communities by building social relationships between practitioners
We aim to help re-write common misperceptions about human skills and abilities
The Generation CAN Awards are local awards to celebrate the remarkable achievements of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and the people who support them.
In our children's awards categories, nominees selected and put forward by education, health and social care professionals involved with the child, the winners are those who have made inspiring progress for them which is perhaps life-changing, as well as encouraging for others.
In our support awards categories, we want to recognise and celebrate the tremendous efforts and determination by professionals and parents, carers, foster carers and young carers who provide inspirational support and care for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Our intention is to celebrate, encourage and empower people, whatever their age, to continue to stand up for the beauty and value of diversity.
Founder and visionary, Hannah is unswervingly passionate about improving educational opportunities for children with SEND. She is a full-time SENDCo and has worked in education for over a decade. An experienced senior leader, she currently oversees SEN provision at a 2-18 school in Worcestershire.
You can find out more about her here:
Trustee for SEND Education, Lorraine has vast experience of national leadership in SEND provision. Pivotal in the development of the SEND Code of Practice (2014), she was Chief Executive of nasen (National Association for SEN) for several years before beginning her own SEND Education consultancy business.
You can find out more about her here:
Our Treasurer, Frances is hugely passionate about helping to change the future of SEND. She is involved in several local and national groups, and we're delighted that she's part of Generation CAN, too. She is very compassionate to the challenges that people with disabilities face, both as a parent and through her wider personal experience. Frances is a trained and experienced bookkeeper.
Nicky has spent her whole adult life working with children with special educational needs and disabilities. Nicky's career path has seen her work for Health as an Occupational Therapist for Children, in Social Care as a foster carer and in Education as a teaching assistant before qualifying as a teacher 6 years ago. Her teaching career has focused on SEND teaching and leading in a special school and latterly as SENDCo in a mainstream school. Ensuring there are high expectations for children with special educational needs and disabilities is something Nicky is passionate about. She is now excited to take Generation CAN to Herefordshire. You can contact her on herefordshire@GenerationCAN.org.uk
Sarah has been teaching in the mainstream Primary sector since leaving University in 1998. She became a SENDCo in 2004 and has experience of supporting many children with a range of needs.
Determined to achieve the best outcomes for all pupils, she works alongside Parents, Health and Social Care professionals. Her work as a DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) has also enabled her to support families working together with a range of agencies and professionals. She strives to overcome the many barriers and hurdles to ensure that pupils receive the best possible opportunities to thrive and succeed in all they do. She believes this is achieved successfully through everyone working together as a team.
Sarah can be contacted on GenerationCANNetwork@mail.com
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If you'd like to know more about the future of the charity, you can read about our hopes and thoughts here.
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