Young boy celebrates World Autism Awareness Week at school

From 27 March to 2 April, there are loads of ways to get involved in 2017's World Autism Awareness Week at School, supported by Axcis. Teach your students about autism, fundraise for autistic people and spread the word with free resources like lesson plans, activites and idea packs!

Sign up for your free fundraising pack

Why raise awareness of autism in your school?

At least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism... so there are autistic people at your school, who you see every day. We know that indifference and hostility towards autistic people and their families leads to social isolation, mental illness and unhappy lives. But we also know that helping young people – and teachers – to understand autism as they grow up will equip them to accept and empathise with autistic people.

How teachers and students can get involved 

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.

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.

England  Wales Scotland  Northern Ireland  Download resources
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

See what schools got up to last year