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National Star shines brighter than the rest to take top award

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 03 July 2020 8:05

National Star has won a prestigious national award for its unique inter-disciplinary work with young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties.

The national charity, based in Cheltenham, received the Inter-Disciplinary Working award at the Natspec awards.

National Star prides itself on its holistic, person-centred curriculum, whereby education, therapy and residential teams work closely together to improve outcomes for students and provide a consistent approach across all aspects of delivery.

The award praised National Star’s Right Time, Right Place project for its creative approach to enabling integrated learning in a way that has not been seen before.

Judges said National Star’s project had demonstrated a significant  impact for learners and showed how staff, related therapy professionals, parents and community links can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes.

“It’s wonderful recognition for the progress that staff have made in the new way of working in the sector,” said National Star principal Simon Welch.

“What was most pleasing was the recognition of the impact that it is having on the young people’s lives.”

National Star was also shortlisted for The Innovative Use of Technology Award for its Find My Voice campaign.

Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.