SEN Inclusion Award

Presented to the UK Mainstream School that can demonstrate an increase in the quality of care and education services provided to students with Special Educational Needs.

2019 Winner:
Marine Primary Acdemy, Devon

 Marine Primary Academy, Devon

Marine Academy has the highest number of children with SEN in comparison to other mainstream schools within the Plymouth Local Authority. It has achieved the ‘Good Diabetes Care in School’ Award from Diabetes UK, continues to be a Makaton Friendly Organisation with a full time Speech and Language Therapist, three teachers who have the National Award for SEN Coordination Qualification (including the Headteacher), a full time Inclusion Teacher and a Pets as Therapy Dog, called Little Bear, who spends three days per week at the Academy.


Whitefield Primary School, Merseyside
A wide range of specialist intervention programmes tailored to individual needs are offered at Whitefield. Inclusion Manager Natalie Menagh, also IQM assessor for other schools, was awarded the National ‘Most Inspirational Leader of SEND’ Award by National Association for SEN in 2018/19. Staff are trained to deliver the Talk Boost and Early Talk Boost programmes which can assess speech and language ability and provide intensive programmes of intervention. The school works closely with specialist staff to plan and assess the impact of support

Great Malvern Primary School, Worcestershire
Several nominations from parents have demonstrated the level of attention given attention to SEN provision at Great Malvern. The school has four trained Thrive licensed practitioners and is currently undertaking further commitment to train more staff. One parent remarked:”They put measures in place to not only help children with complex needs but also other children within the school. My son has progressed within his education and despite having complex needs he has worked very hard with the support of his teachers to get to where he currently is.”

Foston C.E Primary School, York
Information from parents with SEN children at Foston has shown the staff to be wonderfully supportive and have enabled many pupils to benefit from mainstream education. One parent in particular was delighted with the care their child received during National Autism Awareness month, stating: “Foston School is like a family, all looking out and caring for each other. We as a family have been so lucky to have such great support from all the people involved in the care and education of Kirsten and KJ. They have all helped to make our journey as a family very special.”

2018 Winner:
Ernesettle Community School, Devon

 Ernesettle Community School

Ernesettle prides itself on an inclusive ethos where every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Rigorous systems for tracking children’s progress are managed by a highly dedicated team and strong relationships with other supportive agencies to foster an environment where children who have had difficulty accessing a mainstream environment are able to thrive.


St Peter's School Huntingdon, Cambridge
The Stanway School, Essex
Coppetts Wood Primary, London
Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale
Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham

2017 Winner
The Pingle Academy

 Pingle Academy
The Pingle Academy is an 11-18 comprehensive school of 1040 students, with SEN students in mainstream as well as in specialist provisions, such as an Enhanced Resource Provision of 29 students with moderate and severe learning difficulties and an Autism Resource Centre of 10 students who attend mainstream lessons and play a full part in school life. The Academy works with a variety of agencies such as speech therapists and physical and visual impairment services. An additional provision has just been completed for autistic students who cannot access mainstream education. This is purpose built and students are currently on an induction programme, which has been positive. Current student and GB Paralympic Bonze medal swimmer, Lewis White achieved good GCSE grades alongside his heavy training schedule and is now studying for his A Levels.


Ernesettle Community School
Eversley Primary School

2016 Winner
St James CE Primary, Northamptonshire

2016 SEN Inclusion Award winner

St James’ has two specialist provisions attached for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, recognising the importance of each child as an individual. It has been awarded Inclusion Quality Mark flagship status for the third year running. With over 40 languages spoken among the pupils at entry, there is a real sense of belonging and inclusivity within the school, both in and outside of the classroom.

Eversley Primary, London
Marine Primary Academy, Plymouth
Matravers, Wiltshire
Woodhouse Primary Academy, Birmingham

2015 Winner
Marine Academy, Plymouth

Marine Academy Primary is the first free school in the UK to be awarded Makaton Friendly status by The Makaton Charity, recognising their efforts to make services accessible to children with speech and language difficulties. Staff have all received professional training in Makaton sign language, so that all classes can be taught how to use it and benefit from greater communication skills.

Commonweal School, Swindon
St James CE Primary School, Northampton
Swanwick Hall School, Derbyshire