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Lead Inclusion Schools

Lead Inclusion Schools are inclusion champions and visionaries for what high quality, meaningful and inclusive PE and school sport should look like for every child. They work to empower teachers to be more inclusive in their practice, provide meaningful competition and competition pathways for young people, raising their aspirations and providing inclusive leadership opportunities.


What’s involved: There are 52 Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion Schools across England who have been selected for their recognised expertise in engaging young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to participate, compete and lead through PE, physical activity, and school sport. Through our SEND Inclusion projects and programmes we work to increase and improve opportunities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to engage and participate in physical education and school. See the full details in the programme guidance document found on this page.

Outcomes: This network forms part of the Youth Sport Trust's ongoing commitment to equality and diversity. Through our work we strive to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to participate in high quality PE and sport, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, ability, or any other personal characteristic.

For your school to take part in this programme you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

·       Existing Lead Inclusion School

Duration: Upon acceptance to the programme, you will remain involved until the end of the 2024/25 academic year. The deadline for expressions of interest is 14 June 2024.

Find out more: about our SEND Inclusion programmes on our website – click here. To find out more about our broader commitment to inclusion - click here.