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Claire Buffham, Director of SEND Education at C.I.T Academies has been nominated for the Lifetime Achiever Award at The National Diversity Awards 2021.

The breath taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 4th February 2022. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities.

The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Across her career, Claire has gone above and beyond her day job to advocate for the less able, raising educational standards to ensure young people with disabilities are treated equally to their peers.

An innovative teaching professional, Claire has hugely influenced how SEND education is taught. Over the past 25 years, Claire has worked as a Teacher, Assistant Head, Headteacher, Director of SEND Education Trust-wide and Head of LEARN Teaching School, an Ofsted Inspector and Leadership Coach, sharing her knowledge with educational settings across Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

Alongside her busy career, Claire is a Foster Carer for ‘hard to place’ youngsters for respite for families.

ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels.

Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said: “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society.”

The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said: “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 60,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said: “As we enter our 10th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Voting is now open and closes on June 4th 2021. Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.

To vote for Claire please visit: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/34428/

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