Awarded for going the extra mile

Ghosia Akthar

Ghosia Akthar

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Barnfield Tots Academy and two early years practitioners were honoured at The Ann Mason Making A Difference Conference.

The academy, Liz Evans, of Wigmore Pre-School and Ghosia Akthar, of Denbigh Pre-School, were awarded for going the extra mile to support the children with special educational needs.

Rachael Branscombe, Barnfield Tots Academy, Tracey Spence, Senior Advisory Teacher, SEN Service and Sue Bates, Barnfield Tots Academy

Rachael Branscombe, Barnfield Tots Academy, Tracey Spence, Senior Advisory Teacher, SEN Service and Sue Bates, Barnfield Tots Academy

The conference highlights achievement and best practice among service providers from the private and voluntary sectors who support young children with special needs and their families.

Liz Evans was given an award for being the practitioner who has undertaken exceptional work over the year.

She was nominated by parents and her manager for her outstanding commitment to children with special educational needs and the support she gives to families.

A parent said: “Liz always so helpful, patient and kind.

Liz Evans

Liz Evans

“She always has ideas to help our child move forward.”

Barnfield Tots Academy was awarded for being the best team support to families with children that have special educational needs.

The academy was nominated by parents for being supportive, friendly and an inclusive team.

A parent said: “It is always a worry to leave your child at a nursery, even more so when your child has special educational needs.

“All the staff made me feel welcome and treated my child brilliantly.”

The Luton Portage award was presented for the second year running to Ghosia Akthar.

This is the first time a practitioner has been awarded twice for the same award.

Luton Portage supervisors selected her for her commitment to providing children and families with special educational needs with a Portage programme that breaks down small targets to small achievable steps.

Sally Rowe, Corporate Director for Children and Learning, said: “These awards are a fantastic way of recognising the many individuals and teams in Luton who are truly passionate and committed about helping children with special educational needs.

“Many of the practitioners in the town continually go the extra mile to help families support children with learning or physical disabilities, which can be quite a daunting experience for parents and carers.”