The Learning Ambassador programme supports children and young people in contributing to school improvement, by undertaking themed learning walks around classrooms. Trained initially through visits to other schools, the ambassadors take back their learning to their own establishments and work with senior leaders to implement their ideas. Ambassador sessions are also designed to enhance pupils’ understanding of additional participation opportunities through visiting speakers and links to youth councils.
Between two and four ambassadors are chosen to represent their schools and are invited to attend meetings throughout the academic year. During the sessions, ambassadors undertake ‘Learning Walks’ around a host school, visiting classrooms and talking to the pupils. Their observations are then fed-back to the host school through verbal and written feedback.
In addition, the ambassadors are introduced to a new topic or activity during every meeting with the idea of widening participation and raising aspirations. Recent speakers have included representatives from the Youth Council and the Youth Parliament. The programme culminates in a trip to the Houses of Parliament during the summer term.