Ellie Broadley from Keith Grammar, Moray has been chosen as one of Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion.
Ellie was chosen to represent Moray 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.
Ellie met with her fellow Ambassadors for their first meeting on 8 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 Ellie 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.
Ellie said: “It was an interesting and worthwhile experience. I enjoyed meeting up with other pupils from other schools.”
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.
Emma Campbell, principal teacher for additional support needs at Keith Grammar, said: “I am delighted that Ellie has been chosen for this role. Her positive attitude and patience are an inspiration to us all. She is keen to be involved in all aspects of her education and is well-practised in discussing with us suitable adaptations that allow her to participate fully in the life of the school.”
Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion will work together to share views and experiences of inclusive education and act as a ‘voice’ at a national level. As young people they have overcome many barriers to education and in their new role can use their knowledge, experience and empathy with others to represent their peers within inclusive education.
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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Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
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