The college was honored in a glittering ceremony at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham for their outstanding work in helping their students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and learning differences to thrive and to success.
The awards are organized by nasen – the National Association for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – and supported by sponsors Scanning Pens, which is also the awards’ main sponsor, Axcis Education, and the awards’ official media partner, Schools Week . nasen is the leading charity helping children and young people with SEND reach their full potential, whilst being a champion, friend and protector of the SEND workforce.
In winning the nasen award for 16-25 Provision, Harrison College was recognized for its future-focused support of students with SEND, which helps them overcome barriers to success.
Harrison College, an after-16 business, enterprise and employability college for young people with special educational needs.
The college was founded in September 2019 with a cohort of just three.
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Today, the majority of its more than 60 students, many with autism, come from surrounding local communities with above-average levels of deprivation and a lack of social mobility.
The college offers a tailored and tailored activity schedule to rapidly advance students with small steps or progressive challenges, fusing education and skills with pastoral development.
Harrison College joins 17 other winners, judged by a panel of leading professionals with extensive experience in education and SEND – as well as people with lived experience.
Gemma Peebles, CEO of Harrison College, said, “We are truly proud of our students, every day they consistently smash the expectations placed on them and achieve their dreams.
“The recognition from nasen and the esteemed jury gives us new motivation to work with more young people and their families.
“We may only have been open for three years, but our team at Harrison College has done some fantastic things and we want to thank everyone at nasen for our award.”
Gail Stonier, Chief Operating Officer, added: “Our team and the wider business community are dedicated and committed to improving the lives and opportunities of our young people. This award is a thank you for all the work they do every day. “
Nasen Chief Executive Annamarie Hassall MBE said: “Harrison College should be extremely proud of what it has achieved.
“Our judges were keen to recognize the growth in supply for the 2022 cohort which has over 60 students, more than half of whom have education, health and care plans in place for autism spectrum disorders.
“We admire how Harrison’s forward-looking approach helps young people consider employment and higher education, while partnering with an impressive array of employers. and can see that the college obviously operates under its mantra “Your future, your choice.”
Annamarie continued, “We received an incredible number of award nominations this year and it was a great honor to recognize and reward people who make a real difference for SEND. We very much hope that the inclusive work of our awardees, who go above and beyond to help children and young people thrive, will inspire more great work in the sector in the future.
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