Student joins young people's forum

Elin appointed to national disability and SEN advisory group

A year 11 student at The Radclyffe School is helping to provide a voice for young people who are disabled or have special educational needs, after being appointed to a national advice body.

Elin Franklin travelled to Westminster last week for a day of interviews and events to establish the Young People’s Advisory Group, at the Department for Education. Elin was accompanied by Senior Learning Mentor, Tina Cavanagh.

Elin said, “Going to London was a whole new experience. I’d never been before so I really enjoyed it. We did some team building work in groups. We had the chance to put our opinions over about changes that are planned, and got a taste of what we’ll be doing in the advisory group.”
“I’m looking forward to getting started. I like putting my opinion forward and meeting new people.”

Winning through from 150 applicants Elin is now part of a team of sixteen young people, which will speak directly to Government ministers and civil servants. The group will shape the next stages of reforms and help other young people to get involved at a local level.

And Elin is getting straight down to work as part of the newly-formed group, with a first meeting taking place in London early next month.

Year Manager for Year 11 Claire Imeson said, “We are all really proud that Elin has been chosen to represent young people’s views on such an influential forum. She is an inspiring young woman who gives willingly of her time to ensure students with additional needs are heard.”

22 October 2012

Elin Franklin

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