A specialist teacher who hails from Leighton Buzzard has been highly commended in the national Shine a Light awards, organised by Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust.
Cordula Hastings, 53, of Hartwell Crescent was praised for her commitment in the Communication Champion category at the glittering ceremony hosted by comedian David Baddiel.
The German-born grandmother-of-one, who works at Charles Warren Academy in Milton Keynes with children who have speech, language and communication needs, said: “It’s an honour to be recognised but I was very, very surprised. There were hundreds of entrants and I didn’t think I’d have a look in.” She added: “The award reflects our dedication as a school to benefit our wonderful and enthusiastic children.”
Many of the youngsters Cordula 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 children have visited other classes to speak about what they’ve learned, increasing their confidence and communication skills.
Cordula – a Leighton resident for 23 years – described David Baddiel as “very nice, very funny and very relaxed.”