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Here you can read guidance for professionals working in the field of autism including statutory guidance, professional advice and legal information. Find out how you can contribute and share your work.

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Autistic pupils' experiences of missing school

The National Autistic Society Scotland reports on the results of a survey of parents/carers of autistic pupils, which aimed to gain an insight into the experiences of autistic children who have...

Supporting autistic pupils with exams

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights and Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society, discusses how schools and teachers can support autistic pupils to prepare for and sit...

A review of residential special schools and colleges in England

Dame Christine Lenehan is Director of the Council for Disabled Children. She was asked by the Department for Education to carry out a review of the experiences and outcomes of children and young...

Leaving school: transition planning for autistic pupils

Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Service Coordinator at the National Autistic Society, explains how to use a person centred planning approach to support young people as they transition into...

Review of the SEND system in England

A new report from the National Autistic Society, School Report 2016, has found many parents of autistic children are still facing long and often exhausting battles to get the right education and...

Supporting parents through an education tribunal

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights & Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society (NAS) offers some advice on how best to support parents through education tribunals...

Preparing for change: SEN reforms - England

The Children and Families Act has now come into force in England (September 2014). The Act will change the arrangements for support that children and young people with special educational needs will...