College’s SEN-sational provision shortlisted for nasen Award 2017

Celebrations are underway at Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) after the College’s Special Education Needs (SEN) provision was shortlisted in the ‘Excellent Practice in Further Education’ category at this year’s ‘nasen’ SEND Awards.

Taking place at the Museum of London, on Thursday 19th October, nasen will mark their 25th birthday with a SEND awards ceremony; acknowledging and celebrating individuals and organisations whose actions make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND.

The nomination highlights the College’s ambitious drive towards ensuring provision for learners with disabilities takes centre stage in its curriculum development and delivery of learning opportunities. This has been further strengthened by the development of sensory and living training facilities at two of the College’s campuses following investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The facilities include a sensory room, a mocked up ‘flat’ to be used to support learners to develop independence skills, refurbished classroom areas and improved access to online facilities, supporting independent learning, in preparation for employment or living independently.

Speaking about the College’s nomination, Claire Heywood, Assistant Principal Inclusive and Employer Learning, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. This is great recognition for us and recognises the fantastic support given to us by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and their unique investment with us on this project. This is also a great reflection for all the staff and the hard work they put in every day to ensure our learners get the best quality experience here at HoW College. Most of all though, it’s a brilliant reflection of all the talented, committed and enthusiastic supported learners we have here at the College.”

HoW College prides itself on offering a wealth of opportunities to all learners. For more information about the SEN provision available and courses on offer please visit