Overcoming the barriers to inclusion for pupils on the autism spectrum – Part one

This two part blog series has been provided by Andrew Cutting of the National Autistic Society (NAS). Since 1962 NAS have been providing support and guidance to those affected by autism. To find out more about their fantastic work click here.

In the academic year 2011 to 2012 , 2,750 pupils on the autism spectrum were given a fixed-period exclusion.   The following example shows how the decision to exclude a pupil can not only be difficult, but also unjustified in some cases:

“A pupil with autism is excluded for flapping his arms at a supply teacher. The supply teacher was alarmed by what she perceived to be threatening behaviour. The reason why the pupil flapped his arms was that the supply teacher had told him that he could not sit in his normal seat, because it was not appropriate for the activity that they were doing. This upset the pupil…

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