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Inclusive Youth Leadership

Developing on the principles of step into sport, this project will involve 20 Lead Inclusion Schools delivering an inclusive youth leadership project resulting in an event hosted by young changemakers who follow a leadership pathway into the summer term.


The Inclusive Youth Leadership project is available for all Lead Inclusion Schools to apply for. It provides an opportunity to directly extend provision and establish new regular inclusive sport clubs/unified sport activities led by young people for young people with and without SEND to support a richer school day for all. Furthermore, it will support the School Games locally by enabling more leadership opportunities for young leaders at inclusive events. 

We are seeking 20 schools to deliver this project who will work closely with schools in their county to provide more leadership opportunities for young SEND changemakers. This year there will be a strong focus on youth voice, co-creation and leadership pathways being paved.

The programme will include the delivery of Inclusive Youth Leadership opportunities using a combination of virtual, face to face and blended approaches to best suit the needs of schools and young people. As a result, it can be positioned to meet local needs, having greater impact countywide through engaging more schools and young people with and without SEND.

It will be measured by evaluating the number of schools/units engaging the school sport workforce on inclusive practice. The Inclusive Youth Leadership offer aims to increase the number of young people with and without SEND involved in Inclusive Youth Leadership opportunities, ensuring that a minimum of 50% are young people with SEND and aged 14-16years. Furthermore, it will involve working with a local Young Role Model(s) to support the Inclusive Youth Leadership offer and increasing the number of teachers/school staff involved in the delivery of Inclusive Youth Leadership.

The project will have an impact on young people with and without SEND as it will help to increase the skills and confidence of the young people as well as the PE and sport workforce to be more inclusive. Our collective vision is to ensure that every young person is provided with an offer that is inspiring, accessible, and meaningful by developing their life skills.