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We've brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2012 in a new report, Schools Report 2012. Our education system is subject to a huge range of reforms and it is important to track the impact on learners with autism.
Schools Report 2012 looks at five key areas:
It also makes recommendations for how we think progress in each area can be achieved.
We have found that schools are making progress in many areas but the figures remain alarming, children with special educational needs are still 9 times more likely to be excluded from school than their peers, and over 40% of children with autism have been bullied at school. While the number of pupils with autism achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs including maths and English is up 2% it remains true that less than 1 in 4 young people with autism continue their education beyond school.
Schools Report 2012 will will support the campaigning work of Ambitious about Autism by helping to illustrate to policy makers some of the issues children and young people with autism face at school. We will update the report annually so that we are able to map the progress of schools in supporting children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve.