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SEND Code of Practice: advice for schools

In this article, Alex Grady, Education Development Officer at nasen Education, talks about the SEND Code of Practice and offers advice for schools still struggling to implement it. This article...

Archive of Network Autism interviews

We have been carrying out filmed interviews at our conferences for over two years, in that time we have accumulated an ever growing collection of interviews with leading autism professionals from...

Autism and diagnosis: advice for teachers

Dean Anthony Da Conceicao, Autism Helpline Adviser at the National Autistic Society, offers some advice for teachers on what to do if they suspect a child they teach may be autistic. Dean discusses...

Creating autism-friendly classrooms

David Burns, an autistic adult and member of Mensa, is the author of “Do lemons have feathers? More to autism than meets the eye”. He has written a guide which offers strategies to support autistic...

Filmed presentations from XI Autism-Europe Congress

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are...

Top 5 autism tips for professionals: helping autistic children access tests in mainstream primary schools

Rebecca Wood is a Research Fellow in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs at the University of Birmingham. She is Project Manager of the Transform Autism Education project. Here...

Pioneering pro-bono alliance for Education Tribunal support

Tom Handley, Chambers Director at Exchange Chambers, gives an insight into the Chambers' pioneering pro-bono legal support in partnership with the National Autistic Society and presents some case...

Transition from secondary school to adulthood

In this article, Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Coordinator at the NAS discusses how to prepare and support young people with autism and their families for the transition from secondary school...

The SEND reform journey – where are we now?

In this article Lorraine Petersen OBE (Educational Consultant and previous CEO of NASEN) reviews the progress made since the SEND reform was introduced last year. Download a PDF version of this...

The SEND reforms - still a long way to go

In this article Lorraine Petersen OBE (Educational Consultant and previous CEO of NASEN) explains the new SEND reforms: what has changed, what's new and the challenges ahead. Download a PDF version...