Children with autism are being failed by our education system. It’s damaging and unfair. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together we have the power to change it.
Early intervention, education and support are critical if children and young people with autism are to lead fulfilling lives, learn, thrive and achieve. The number of children receiving extra help for autism in schools has seen a 78% rise since 2010. Currently 100,012 children are receiving extra help as a result of their autism. The majority of children with autism (72,540) are educated in mainstream schools and academies.
‘when will we learn?’ considers the impact of the school system when it fails children and young people with autism and their families, and unveils the scale and severity of this issue. It focuses on the experiences of one family as they desperately try to ensure their son receives the education and support he deserves. We heard from 745 children and young people with autism, parents and carers in our survey. We collected statistics from Freedom of Information requests, research from other organisations and the Department for Education. Together, they show the damning reality for children and young people with autism at school today and make a compelling case for changes to our education system.
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Last year, the Department for Education figures showed that 4,330 children with autism had been formally excluded. However, our research shows the vast majority of exclusions aren’t recorded and the figure is closer to 26,000 exclusions each year.
We have made several recommendations to the Department for Education’s consultation to amend the guidance so that it is fit for purpose. These recommendations were developed following a survey of 425 parents and carers of children with autism.
Download our full response to the exclusions consultation here.