Three schools and one nursery have been announced as winners of this years’ Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate, promote and support inclusion.
The awards invited educational settings to share how they were supporting the achievements of their pupils out with traditional academia and especially pupils with additional support needs.
Created by the Inclusion Ambassadors, a national group of secondary school-aged pupils with a range of additional support needs and experience of a variety of educational provision, the awards were originally developed as part of the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Action Plan.
Now in its second year, entries were welcomed across four categories: early years, primary, secondary and specialist provision. This years winners, chosen by the Inclusion Ambassadors themselves, were selected for how they celebrate the individuality of pupils, value pupil voice and demonstrate creativity.
Success Looks Different Winners 2023
- Woodlands Nursery Centre, South Lanarkshire (Early years)
- Williamston Primary School, West Lothian (Primary)
- Our Lady & St Patricks, West Dunbartonshire (Secondary)
- Fairview School, Perth (Special school)
Lucy Johnson, Enquire’s Senior Development Officer, who managed the award, said:
“It is a privilege to once again be involved in these awards. This year we continued to develop the inclusive nature of the awards with the Inclusion Ambassadors themselves involved in every stage of the process, reflecting their vision of pupils being involved in all decisions that impact them. Congratulations to all of this year’s Success Looks Different winners who demonstrated excellent examples of celebrating and including pupils in their school community and education community.“
Harry, one of the Inclusion Ambassadors involved in the judging process reflected:
“The Success Looks Different Awards are important for everyone so that they feel included. I liked to judge [this years awards] because it let me know what schools were doing to help people.”
Jenny Gilruth, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills has congratulated the winners and commended the Inclusion Ambassadors for their ongoing work to improve learning environments for pupils with additional support needs.
Alongside the Success Looks Different Awards, the Inclusion Ambassadors are supported to share their experiences of being a pupil in Scotland with additional support needs, identifying how improvements could be made. They have created a series of practical resources for use in classrooms and other educational settings including an inclusive learning environment poster and a guide to language and communication.
The Inclusion Ambassadors are managed by Children in Scotland and Enquire.