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Inclusion Ambassadors (2016 - Present)

The Inclusion Ambassadors Network began in 2016, formed by Education Scotland. It  was established to ensure the views of young people with additional support needs are heard in discussions about education policy.

Children in Scotland has been involved in supporting the network since 2016 and formally running the group since November 2019.

The Inclusion Ambassadors are a group of secondary school-aged pupils who have a range of additional support needs and attend a variety of school provision. Current membership of the group represents 16 local authorities across Scotland.

The Ambassadors are encouraged to speak freely and openly, sharing their experiences of being a pupil with additional support needs in Scotland, including what works and what would make things better.

They are enabled to do so through meetings facilitated by professionals working within the children’s sector and engaging directly with parliamentarians and decision-makers.

The feedback and activity of the group is also shared with other children and young people with the aim to reduce stigma around additional support needs and additional support for learning.

Listen to former Inclusion Ambassador, Ciaran, talk about his experience with the group on school radio

Current and ongoing activity

Responding to consultations and providing evidence

As part of their work to represent those with additional support needs during policy and practice development, the Inclusion Ambassadors have contributed to recent calls for evidence and government consultation. This included a submission to the Scottish Government’s Human Rights National Taskforce 2021 relating to their work on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the Inclusion Ambassadors also shared their experiences, specifically around their educational experiences.

Review into the implementation of Additional Support for Learning 

In 2020, the Inclusion Ambassadors contributed to the independent review into the implementation of Additional Support for Learning, chaired by Angela Morgan. They continue to be involved in work to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Action Plan which was published in response to the review findings and recommendations.

Creation of resources

Most recently, the group collaborated on a series of practical resources to help improve inclusion work in educational settings (see boxes, right).

The Inclusion Ambassadors project is managed by Chris Ross, Senior Policy, Projects and Participation Officer, cross@childreninscotland.org.uk

Supporting Effective Transitions

Learn from the Inclusion Ambassadors about supporting young people in your setting

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Newsletter: Issue 2

Including: a summary of recent meetings and upcoming plans. Published May 2022.

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Vision Statement: August 2021

Read more about the Ambassador's vision for school and learning environments

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Report: Challenging inequality and leading change

The first annual report from the Inclusion Ambassadors. Published August 2021

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School pledge pack

Help young people with ASN feel supported in your school by committing your support

Click here for the pack

Pledge Pack FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions to support use of the pack

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Support service: Reach

Helping young people understand their right to be involved, included and listened to in decisions about their learning

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Support service: My Rights, My Say

The advice and advocacy service ensuring children's voices are heard

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Support service: Enquire

Enquire is the Scottish national advice service for additional support for learning

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