Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion.

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday December 18 2015

Eilidh MacLeod from The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway has been chosen as one of Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion.

Eilidh was chosen to represent Western Isles as part of the new Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion programme developed by Education Scotland.

Through the programme, young people who face barriers to education will be given a voice at a national level to help make a significant impact in raising awareness of the issues around additional support needs and inclusive education.

Eilidh met with her fellow Ambassadors for their first meeting on 8th December where they discussed their experiences of inclusive education and how they have benefited from having the right support in place.

The meeting hosted by Education Scotland also provided the opportunity for Eilidh to share her views of the support provided by teachers and classmates, their learning environment, and give their perspective on how additional support for learning can be further improved.

Eilidh said:

"I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with the other ambassadors from places around Scotland.

“Some were particularly inspiring because of the way they overcame difficulties in all areas of life including education.

“I am really glad that I have been given this chance to try and make a difference."

Minister for Learning, Sciences and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan, said:

“The Scotland’s Young Ambassador for Inclusion Programme is a great opportunity for young people to make a difference to how additional support for learning teaching is delivered across the country.

“Their insight into inclusive education is invaluable.

“It will help to identify areas where practice can be improved upon to ensure that young people have the correct support available to fulfil their potential.”

So far, 21 Ambassadors have been chosen to represent their local authority and school.

Lesley Brown, Education Scotland’s Strategic Director for Families, Inclusion and Local Authorities, said:

“We are delighted to launch Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion programme and look forward to working with Eilidh and her fellow Ambassadors.


“The group will work together to share views and experiences of inclusive education and act as a ‘voice’ at a national level.

“ We want their perspective on what approaches work well and consider ways to develop and support inclusive education in Scotland.

“These inspirational young people have overcome many barriers to education and we hope they feel proud in their new role.

“Their knowledge, experience and empathy with others make them a great choice to represent their peers within inclusive education.”

Frances Murray, Headteacher of the Nicolson Institute said:

“I am very pleased to see Eilidh having this opportunity to work with other young people from across Scotland.

“Eilidh and her peers have an important role in ensuring that we continue to support all those who face barriers to their education.

“I am sure she will represent her own views and those of her classmates very ably."

As a member of the group, each Ambassador will participate in national meetings, they will share the work of the group in their school and local authority area, and work to take forward the outcomes of national meetings.

Further information about support for learning and inclusive education can be found on the Education Scotland website.

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