A Worcestershire college has been recognised by the National Association of Special Educational Needs for its SEND provision.

Heart of Worcestershire College was acknowledged for its “excellent practice in further education” at the Nasen SEND awards 2017 during a ceremony hosted at the Museum of London in October, with Derby College and Chichester College also shortlisted in the category.

The college was recognised for its sensory room, which has beanbags, bubble lamps and even a projection of a dog, as well as a mock-up flat used to help learners develop the skills they will need to live independently.

The awards celebrate individuals and organisations making a difference in the lives of children and young people with SEND. Other categories include “inspirational teacher” and “exceptional parental engagement”, and HoW was the only FE institution to take home an award.

“This is a great reflection on all the staff and the hard work they put in every day to ensure our learners get the best quality experience,” said Claire Heywood, the college’s assistant principal for inclusive and employer learning. “Most of all though, it’s a brilliant reflection of all the talented, committed and enthusiastic supported learners we have here.”

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