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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 accompanying two of the Inclusion Ambassadors to Luxembourg for a meeting of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education in October 2016. We have been 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

The Inclusion Ambassadors have recently contributed to the independent review into the implementation of Additional Support for Learning, chaired by Angela Morgan. The group also entered 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 have been sharing their experiences of home-learning and returning to school.

The Inclusion Ambassadors project is managed by Elaine Kerridge, Project Manager - Participation and Engagement.  For more information email ekerridge@childreninscotland.org.uk

Report: Challenging inequality and leading change

The first annual report from the Inclusion Ambassadors

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Vision statement: August 2021

Read an overview about inclusion in education, including the Ambassadors' vision statement

Download the overview

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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News: First meeting of new Ambassadors

The new group meet for the first time, preparing priorities for the year ahead

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My Rights, My Say

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

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Enquire

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

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