Ellie takes her seat as an education Ambassador for Moray

Ellie Broadley – sat in on her first session as a national Young Ambassador for Inclusion

A KEITH SCHOOL pupil has been chosen to represent Moray as one of Scotland’s ‘Young Ambassadors for Inclusion’.

Ellie Broadley, who attends Keith Grammar, was selected for the programme which has been developed by Education Scotland. It is aimed at giving young people who face barriers to education a voice at national level.

The Young Ambassadors will help by making a significant impact in raising awareness of issues surrounding support needs and inclusive education.

Ellie met with fellow Ambassadors for the first time last week when she joined a discussion of their experiences and how they benefited from having the right support in place.

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.”

Aimee is one of 21 Ambassadors chosen so far 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.”

As young people who have overcome many barriers to education, in their new role the Young Ambassadors can use that knowledge, experience and empathy with others to represent their peers within inclusive education.

Each Ambassador will participate in national meetings, share the work of the group in their school and local authority area and work to take forward the outcomes of national meetings.