With more than 1 in 100 children on the autism spectrum, and 70% of those children in mainstream schools, every teacher in the UK will teach an autistic child. But there is no compulsory autism training for teachers. We’ve joined forces with Ambitious about Autism to get autism training for every new teacher.
The Government is reviewing the Initial Teacher Training framework. They will decide what training new teachers get. We want to make sure every new teacher is trained to work with autistic pupils. That’s why we launched the #EveryTeacher campaign, calling on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to include autism in Initial Teacher Training. Thousands of supporters signed our open letter calling for every teacher to get autism training.
Every autistic child needs a teacher who understands them
- 58% of children and young people on the autism spectrum said that the single thing that would make school better for them was if teachers understood autism.
Every parent should have confidence that their children are supported by teachers who understand them
- 77% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their educational progress.
- 80% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their self-esteem, and social and communication skills.
While autism can present some challenges, we know that a child who is understood and supported can make excellent progress.
Every teacher deserves the right training
- 60% of teachers said they didn’t have the training they need to teach pupils on the autism spectrum.
- 44% of teachers say they do not feel confident teaching autistic children.
We think teachers deserve the right training so they can get the best out of all their students.