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Young People’s Advisory Group

Join the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG), a part of Universal SEND Services (USS), facilitated by Whole School SEND (WSS) via the National Association for Special Education Needs (nasen). We collaborate with various organisations and charities to develop resources, events, and training for education professionals.

The YPAG, a subset of the main Advisory Group, meets quarterly to discuss USS projects and their audiences. It provides a platform for young people aged 16-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to share their views on resources, events, and training. We focus on enhancing the accessibility and inclusivity of our resources and increasing youth involvement in their creation.

We’re seeking new members aged 16-25 who identify as young people with SEND to join the group.

For more information and to apply please read the flyer.

To apply, please email Hadeel at explaining how you meet thecriteria below.

You are aged between 16 and 25.

You have an identified Special Educational Need or Disability; you do not need to have a formal diagnosis.You have or used to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or youreceive or used to receive SEN Support without an EHCP.

You have recent experience of education (since 2015). (for example, amainstream or special school, a Resource Base, an Alternative Provisionsetting, a Pupil Referral Unit, a residential school, FE college etc)Application Guide:

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining the Whole School SEND Youth Steering Group! We are looking for a wide and representative range of young people with different experiences for this group.

Your experiences of education might be mainly positive, mainly negative or a combinationof both. All opinions are valued and welcome.

What Schools Say About Us

Being part of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub has been pivotal to the development of careers provision in our school. The Hub have shared good practice across their members resulting in a stronger focus on good quality provision. The annual event enabled the hub to share their vision of School Improvement Through The Lens of Careers and looking beyond the Benchmarks. It was a fantastic opportunity to share different models of school improvement and strategies to further develop careers provision to enhance the future opportunities of our young people.

Mrs A Spencer, John Taylor High School

What Businesses Say About Us

It it superb to be able to speak with local schools, colleges, and businesses in Stoke and Staffs and show how important the partnerships are to bring the skills of the future. Educating those who educate the ones shaping the aspirations of young people is essential for the industry to grow and be more sustainable.”

Alison Tucker, St Modwen