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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 20 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 13 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 Inclusion Ambassador, Ciaran, talk about his experience with the group on school radio

Current and ongoing activity

In 2020, the group shared a number of recommendations to inform the independent review into the implementation of Additional Support for Learning, chaired by Angela Morgan. The review was published in June 2020, and a response issued by the Scottish Government in October 2020.

Read the consultation response submitted by the Inclusion Ambassadors

Read the Scottish Government's ASL Review Action Plan

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.

Read the submission to the Scottish Government's Human Rights Taskforce

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Inclusion Ambassadors have also 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

Film: Ask Us, Hear Us, Include Us

Created by Ambassadors in 2018 and screened at the Together! Film Festival in 2019.

View the film

Animation: Accept me for who I am

Aimed at supporting professionals and improving understanding.

View the animation

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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Meeting: January 2021

The Inclusion Ambassadors share their thoughts on returning to home-learning from January 2021

Read our summary

Returning to school after lockdown

The Inclusion Ambassadors talk about their experiences returning to school after the first national lockdown

Read our news story