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Autism introduced within teacher training

Thanks to concerted campaigning over the past few years, including our Every Teacher campaign with Ambitious about Autism, all those going through teacher training in England should be learning about the needs of autistic children and young people as part of their course. A firm understanding of autism in classrooms will transform the lives and prospects of future generations of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) covers a very wide variety of skills that teachers need, like how to plan lessons and what the curriculum says. In response to campaigning and to make sure that teachers learn the right skills, the Government published a teacher training framework in 2016 which says that training providers should cover how to support children with special educational needs, especially autistic children.

All organisations that provide teacher training should make sure new teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to help autistic pupils overcome the challenges they face at school.

Find out more on the National Autistic Society website and read a blog from a trainee teacher 

Date added: 31 August 2018