A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) and the National Autistic Society (NAS) has found that children and young people with autism are being let down and left behind when it comes to achieving their educational potential. The report also highlights the lack of progress in helping to locate, secure and implement support strategies for children and young people with autism within the school surroundings.
Children on the autistic spectrum are still being let down by the educational system three years on from significant reforms to educational provision for those identified with special education needs. Fewer than half of children and young people with autism report feeling happy at school, with seven in ten reporting that their peer group doesn’t understand them. Half of these children also say that their teacher doesn’t understand them.