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Often when the Government is considering changing something, they will run a consultation and ask for people’s views. Ambitious about Autism responds to consultations that affect the education of children and young people with autism. We also lobby Parliament when relevant Bills are being debated.
Here you can find out about recent consultations and Bills and our responses to them.
Our response to the Department for Education's proposed reform to the National Curriculum.
Our response to the Department for Education's proposed reforms to the way schools and colleges will be funded from 2013/14.
This consultation considers a proposal to set up a Guild for the Learning and Skills sector. The proposed Guild’s purpose will be to develop, recognise and enhance the professionalism of the workforce and of the sector. Our response sets out how the Guild might support further education staff working with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education were seeking views on a discussion paper setting out plans for a programme of traineeships that it hopes will help young people develop the skills to be able to access apprenticeships or sustained employment.
The Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill were conducting an enquiry into the Draft Care and Support Bill published by the Government in 2012. The Government hopes that the Bill proposes a single modern law for adult social care to replace current legislation. Ambitious about Autism are members of the Care and Support Alliance and support their submission.
The Government was seeking views on the draft Care and Support Bill. Ambitious about Autism responded highlighting areas in which it could be amended to work better alongside the draft provisions of the Children and Families Bill.
Government is seeking to give colleges and training providers more flexibility about what training teaching and support staff need. One of the key recommendations is the revocation of the 2007 regulations, which require all teaching staff to have nationally recognised qualifications and undertake professional development each year. The consultation proposes to replace the regulations with largely discretionary advice colleges on appropriate qualifications for staff and continuous professional development.
This is a Department for Education consultation about plans to reform the way education is funded. It covers all types of schools, and education funding for disabled young people in colleges up to the age of 25. Our response focuses on how this will affect learners with autism at school and in college.
This is an inquiry by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, into schools in London. The inquiry is looking at the gaps in school places and provision across London, as well as ways to drive up education standards. The consultation asks for views on how new schools can be developed and for examples of good practice from within the city.
This is a Department for Education consultation about plans to raise the compulsory age young people must stay in education or training until. The government has agreed that young people must stay in education or training until the end of the school year in which they turn 17 from 2013, and up to their 18th birthday from 2015. This consultation asks for views on how this should work in practice. Our response focuses on the need to develop more and better education and training options that are accessible to young people with autism, so they have meaningful opportunities to stay on in education.
This is a cross-government consultation asking for views about how to enable disabled people to fulfill their potential and have opportunities to play a full role in society. Many thanks to our Ambitious about Autism Youth Patrons for their ideas about this consultation. Their views form the basis of our response.
This consultation asked about the revised regulations and guidance for exclusions established with the Education Act 2011. One main area of change is independent appeal panels are being replaced by independent review panels, which will have different powers.
A clinical practice guideline on autism in adults is being developed for use in the NHS. Our response to the consultation on this guideline focuses on creating good links to education services, and ensuring a positive transition between children’s and adult’s services.
This consultation sets out a new approach to designing Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds. Our response looks at how to get the best out of this new approach for learners with autism.
This consultation asked for views about proposed changes to the way education for 16-19 year olds is funded. Our response focuses on how to make the changes work best for young people with autism.