Sparkle Sheffield Autism Award highlights the positive impact of inclusive practice

We’re celebrating after receiving an award from local charity, Sparkle Sheffield! We were delighted to be named as the winners at the Sparkle Sheffield Autism awards in ‘the most inspirational educational setting for autism (secondary & further education)’ category on Saturday.

Chesterfield College was one of three organisations in the category who were all nominated by families of students with autism. The nominators wanted to highlight the positive impact of the work schools and colleges do.

The awards were designed to highlight people and organisations who make a difference in an autistic persons’ life. The category Chesterfield College was nominated in was intended to recognise a secondary or post 16 educational setting which has taken a fresh approach to learning and development.

The college was announced as the winner in a star studded virtual award ceremony, including guests such as Mina Anwar, Adrian Lester and the Countess of Wessex, on Saturday 30 January. Ecologist, Mike Dilger presented the award to Chesterfield College.

Nicola Beldham, Autism and Inclusive Practice Specialist at Chesterfield College told us:

“It was wonderful to be nominated for this award as it highlights some excellent examples of good practice which staff at college have put in place as part of the college’s journey to ensuring inclusive practice. We are working hard to improve the way we work with students and apprentices with a variety of special educational needs, including autism. This award will help us to demonstrate how delivering differentiated teaching, learning, assessment and support can make such a difference.”

Two Chesterfield College students were also nominated for an award during the ceremony which recognised the exceptional achievements of children and young people on the autistic spectrum. The awards celebrated how the nominees had gone above and beyond, before and during the Covid-19 pandemic .

Congratulations to the nominees across all the categories of the Sparkle Sheffield Autism Awards.

A computer screen showing the Sparkle Sheffield Autism Awards ceremony


Published by Lisa On 1st February 2021

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