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New head for Inclusion and Wellbeing

Andrew Millar has been appointed as Headteacher of West Lothian Council's Inclusion and Wellbeing Service.

25 January
Andrew Millar

The former depute and acting Headteacher of the service has taken on the permanent role of supporting local children with additional support needs to achieve their full potential.

The Inclusion and Wellbeing Service (IWS) supports schools and young people across West Lothian in improving the delivery of education provision, learning experiences and opportunities for children and young people who require extra support.

IWS Headteacher Andrew Millar said: "It is an honour and a privilege to have been appointed Head Teacher of the Inclusion and Wellbeing Service.  

"I am looking forward to working across our three service areas of Connolly School Campus, our Early Intervention Team and our secondary Inclusion and Wellbeing Service team based at our Skills Centre in Whitburn.  

"We are working as a service to remove barriers to learning for over 500 children and young people right across West Lothian and I am looking forward to celebrating their successes with them and their families over the course of this session. 

"We work in collaboration with the 67 primary schools and 11 secondary schools across West Lothian and I am looking forward to strengthening our partnership working and shared approaches."

Andrew has enjoyed a variety of roles within education since graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University and achieving his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Paisley.

He first joined West Lothian in 2002, taking up the post of Teacher of Business Education at The James Young High Livingston. Since then Andrew has worked in a range of roles such as: managing the work experience programme as Enterprise in Education Officer; Principal Teacher of Curriculum (Pupil Support) at Bathgate Academy; and Opportunities for All Officer, helping young people achieve a positive post-school positive destination.

Andrew also worked with Education Scotland as National Development Officer in 2014, leading on the Developing the Young Workforce agenda across Scotland before returning to West Lothian in 2016. He also completed both his MSc Professional Education and Leadership and Specialist Qualification for Headship with the University of Stirling recently.

Executive councillor for David Dodds said: "Congratulations to Andrew Millar on his permanent appointment as Headteacher for the Inclusion and Wellbeing Service.

"The service has a vital role to play in ensuring our young people with additional support needs can achieve their full potential.

"Andrew demonstrated his strong commitment to lifelong learning and wide experience in this field of education, and we wish him every success in his new role going forward."   

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