National Autistic Society publishes updated Education Report 2023
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Key findings from the 2021 report include:
Identifying issues, voicing concerns, recommending change
Reflecting on these figures, the NAS identifies issues, voices concerns from teachers, pupils and parents, and makes recommendations for:
- Local Governments
- National Governments
The report considers each of the following:
- Understanding amongst teachers
- Sensory overload
- Understanding amongst peers
- Callum Centres
And throughout, we see quotes from pupils, parents and education professionals about their lived experiences.
“I just think the impact on the mental wellbeing for some kids... [I] don’t think they quite understand the trauma experienced by sitting in a classroom of that size.”
Parent of an autistic child
“It frustrates me when students are not attending school because those reasonable adjustments haven’t been made.”
Teacher at a Cullum Centre school
“No one knows about autism and they think it’s a joke.”
Some recommendations are achievable by the schools themselves, and some recommendations are made to the UK Government, locally and nationally, to increase funding for growing needs.
The Autism Education Trust’s Professional Development Programme is one of these recommendations.
We recommend that all school staff receive mandatory autism training delivered by the Autism Education Trust (AET). Through the AET’s Professional Development Programme, they have been able to train over 350,000 professionals working with autistic children and young people.
The National Government recommendation is:
[To] fund the AET to deliver training for all education staff and governors in all schools so that they are fully able to support autistic pupils and students. Tackle the unacceptable practice of informal exclusions, setting out plans to identify where this is happening and taking action to instil better understanding and support in schools. Set a clear commitment that all work on behaviour in the Department for Education reflects the support needs of autistic children and other children with SEND. Set clear targets for reducing the number of exclusions of autistic children.
Discover more about NAS Education Report 2023.