Thank you so much to everyone who took part in Schools’ Autism Awareness Week 2016!

Our first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week was truly amazing. Thousands of schools took part and that means tens of thousands of children  learned something about autism, thanks to teachers across the UK, who committed to improving understanding and raising funds. These children will grow up to build a world in which autistic people are understood, supported and appreciated.

We visited a few schools during the week and were amazed by how much the staff and children were getting involved with raising vital funds and awareness. We wish we could have visited you all! Please do share your stories and pictures of what you did during the week on our Facebook and Twitter, or you can send them to We can't wait to see what you got up to!

Check out what a few of those schools got up to in our video…

We know that indifference, intolerance and hostility towards autistic people and their families leads to extreme social isolation, mental illness and profoundly unhappy lives.

But, we also know that helping young people – as well as teachers – to understand autism as they grow up will equip a new generation with the knowledge to accept and empathise with autistic people.

At least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism... so chances are there are autistic people at your school, who you see every day.

Schools’ Autism Awareness Week invited teachers and pupils to…

• learn about autism and in fun, imaginative lessons, activities and assemblies that are level-specific
• plan and take part in amazing fundraising activities
• help spread the word about why it's so important to understand and accept autism.

Even though it’s been and gone for 2016, there is no reason why you can’t get your school involved in raising money and awareness in the summer term. Our resources are still available to download below.

During the Easter holidays, we'll be continuing the buzz around autism with World Autism Awareness Week (2–8 April 2016), the national and global campaign to improve understanding of autism which includes World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April.

How to pay in your money

There are a few different ways you can send in your school’s hard-earned cash.

  • if you have set up a JustGiving, Virgin Money giving or other online donation pages before your event, we will receive the money directly
  • request a ‘paying in slip’ from our Supporter Care team (0808 800 1050) and pay the cash in directly at your local branch of Barclays
  • make cheques payable to ‘The National Autistic Society’ and send it to: The National Autistic Society,393 City Road, London, EC1V ING
  • you can donate over the phone by calling 0808 800 1050.

If you are a UK taxpayer, make sure you add Gift Aid to your donation by calling 0808 800 1050. You can also add Gift Aid to your donation by visiting our website. For every £1 you donate, an extra 25p tax can be claimed by The National Autistic Society at no extra cost to you!

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Free teacher resource packs

Don't forget to download a free teacher resource pack too. Each pack is level-specific, and contains teacher guidance, lesson and assembly plans, presentations and activities to help you improve understanding of autism at school.

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EYFS Foundation Nursery+P1 Year 1-2

Pack (English / Welsh)

PowerPoint (English / Welsh)

KS1-Lower KS2 Foundation P2-3 Year 3-4

Pack (English / Welsh)

PowerPoint (English / Welsh)

KS2 KS2 P4-7 Year 5-7

Pack (English / Welsh)

KS3-4 KS3-4 S1-3 Year 8-10

Pack (English / Welsh)

PowerPoint (English / Welsh)

KS4 KS4 S4-6 Year 11-12

Pack (English / Welsh)

Extra materials