NASS 2023 Awards nominees and winners announcedAt our annual conference on Thursday 12th October 2023, we were delighted to announce our shortlisted nominees and the winners of the NASS 2023 Awards.

Recognising excellence – The NASS Awards

NASS established the NASS Awards to recognise the remarkable work and impact of its members.

The awards began in 2006 as a single recognition called The Rowie Shaw award, named after NASS’s first CEO. However, in 2018, the NASS Trustees decided to change the format to its current structure of three separate awards – Breaking Barriers, Innovation, and Outstanding Impact – to better showcase the excellence of its members and the difference they make in the lives of the children and young people they support.

The categories and judging

There are three categories:

Breaking Barriers – recognises a person, team, establishment, or organisation that has carried out exceptional work engaging with external stakeholders to ensure positive and sustainable outcomes for children and young people.

Innovation – recognises the use of new, adapted, or innovative practice within an establishment or organisation to further improve the lives of children, young people and/or their families, or the organisation as a whole

Outstanding Impact – recognises outstanding work that has profoundly impacted upon the outcomes for children and young people

This year the entries were judged blind by Claire Dorer, NASS CEO and three NASS trustees.


2023 shortlisted nominees and winners

Breaking Barriers

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Arc Oakbridge School – Tackling misconceptions about reading and English
  • The Deaf Academy – The history of The Deaf Academy project

Winner: Treloars School – The Clarion project

Click here to read a summary of these projects.



Shortlisted nominees:

  • Treloars School – Developing an innovative English curriculum
  • Aurora White House School – Bullying awareness programme

Winner: West Kirby School – Creating a school bakery

Click here to read a summary of these projects.


Outstanding Impact

Shortlisted nominees:

  • School for Inspiring Talents – Maintaining excellence and growth
  • Arc School Ansley – Beekeeping project

Winner: The Hopedale Group – Staff recruitment, retention and training programme

Click here to read a summary of these projects.