Includem’s response to Scottish Government review of school governance

Includem has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on school governance.

Our work is focused on prevention and early intervention, including work directly with schools to reduce exclusion, improve attendance and increase attainment. We support young people and their families outside of school hours to provide the holistic support so they can fully participate in education.

We strongly welcome the Scottish Government’s focus on raising attainment for all and on improving educational outcomes for young people. Whilst we recognise the importance of school governance to meeting these ambitions, we would emphasise the need to focus on what goes on outside of school too. If we are to reduce the attainment gap, we must focus on the underlying reasons why young people disengage from learning and address the unmet needs of children and families.

Key points from our response:

  • A focus on collaboration is key – schools cannot do this work alone, and they should be supported by improved joint-working by all the agencies and organisations involved, including third sector organisations
  • It is critically important to understand the needs and risk factors for each individual young person – no one size fits all solution will work and only through a personalised approach can we achieve results
  • Building relationships is important – relationships within families and relationships between families and schools
  • Sharing good practice and ‘what works’ should not just happen across local authorities or new regional bodies but across Scotland and the third sector should be a part of that collaboration

Includem supported Rory to reduce his distruptive behaviour, strenghthen his relationships at home and reengage with school. After eight months of support, Rory was back at school and looking positively towards the future. Read his story in full here.

Rory's Story

Includem is working in a number of local authorities directly through schools to reduce exclusion, improve attendance and support young people towards positive, sustainable outcomes. To find out more about this work please contact us on 0141 427 0523 or email


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