Local teacher wins award at inaugural celebration event for her contribution to SEND provisions

A staff member at Highfield Ely Academy celebrates her award at first-ever Warwickshire County Council Children & Families event.

On Thursday 20th June, Natalie Tatum, a Department Leader at Highfield Ely Academy, was presented with an award at the Children & Families Celebration event at Shire Hall. 

The awards were launched this year to celebrate professionals in the area who have made a significant difference to students, specifically those who are involved with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), children in need, children in care and child protection. 

Natalie was nominated for the award for creating an imaginative, stimulating and developmental curriculum for a severely disabled, looked after child who has a life-limiting condition. The young person often requires three support staff to take part in the activities they enjoy, such as aqua therapy. 

Natalie has also encouraged other children at the school to protect, stimulate and care about the young person. This has been successful and they now see him as their ‘mascot’ and friend to all.

On winning the award, Natalie said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have won the award. I am passionate about ensuring all children, no matter their circumstances, have the ability to learn and take part in activities that interest them. The school is fantastic and my team are dedicated to supporting children with a variety of needs.”

Simon Bainbridge, Executive Headteacher at the academy, added: “We are so proud of Natalie. Her work with the children is inspiring and she is dedicated to providing high-quality education for all our students. The awards are new this year and a great concept. We have many talented teachers and carers in our community and the awards provide a brilliant opportunity to celebrate them.”

Highfield Ely Academy is one of Cambridgeshire’s Special Schools, based near the centre of Ely. It offers tailored support from Early Years to Year 14 and provides specialist teaching rooms and facilities. 

To find out more about Highfield Ely Academy, please visit: https://highfieldschoolely.co.uk/.

Press release from the Active Learning Trust

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