Emma’s life on film for British Library

Emma Cross (left) is filmed by Ann Pugh and Becky Bell as part of the Allfie project. SG250313-114NG
Emma Cross (left) is filmed by Ann Pugh and Becky Bell as part of the Allfie project. SG250313-114NG
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A Gosberton teenager is taking a leading role in shaping the future of education for disabled students.

For the last three years Emma Cross (16) has been part of a national project called Allfie (Alliance for Inclusive Education), and given a commentary on her experiences as a pupil of Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and its Post 16 Centre.

Emma, a twin, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for spinning between classes for her studies in health and social care level II.

Allfie arranged for Emma to be filmed at school for the British Library Archives.

Emma said: “They were filming about my education and my school life. We did an interview and I was filmed around the school.”

The teenager has become an accomplished speaker on life in education as a disabled student and has confidently addressed a 100-strong gathering on the subject.

Next month she will be in Westminster with her mum, Coralie, when Allfie unveils its report on disabled learners and may have an opportunity to speak to Government ministers.

Emma hopes to work as a health trainer or nutritionist and, during her studies at the Post 16 Centre, has carried out work experience at Johnson Community Hospital.

She says the Gleed school afforded her good opportunities in education and the same is true of the Post 16 Centre.

Coralie is vice chairman of the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Council and says she is very proud of Emma, who doesn’t see cerebral palsy as any kind of barrier in life.

“Emma just carries on,” she said.