Cordula wins Shine a Light

Communication Champion Cordula Hastings who was highly commended in the Shine a Light Awards, hosted by comedian David Baddiel
Communication Champion Cordula Hastings who was highly commended in the Shine a Light Awards, hosted by comedian David Baddiel

A teacher who works with children who have speech, language and comunication needs has been highly commended in the national Shine a Light Awards.

Cordula Hastings of Charles Warren Academy was praised for her commitment at the glittering ceremony hosted by comedian David Baddiel.

Many of the children she works with have been permanently excluded from previous schools because of their challenging behaviour. She supports each one individually and her structured and creative approach ensures their progress.

She was particularly applauded for running the school allotment with her pupils. The youngsters have visited other classes to speak about what they’ve learned, increasing their confidence and communication skills.

Cordula, who was highly commended in the Communication Champion category, said: “It’s an honour to receive the award which reflects the close team work and our dedication as a school to benefit our wonderful and enthusiastic children.”

The Awards celebrate innovative work, inspirational individuals and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.