Special Educational Needs: Autism

Education written question – answered on 7th September 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking in response to the conclusions and recommendations relating to autism in the National Autistic Society's report on special educational needs entitled Great Expectations.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The National Autistic Society's report Great Expectations was published in response to the special educational needs and disability Green Paper and it showed that there was welcome support from parents for important proposals in the Green Paper.

Recommendations in the society's report, such as the call for schools to have access to autism specialists, are addressed by proposals in the Green Paper, such as those for outstanding special schools, including autism specialist schools, to become Teaching Schools, developing their own staff alongside staff in schools throughout their network and sharing their expertise.

Great Expectations is being considered alongside other responses to the Green Paper and the Government will be setting out its plans for special educational needs and disability provision in England by the end of the year.

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