Autism (Education in England Report)

Let me assure you that I believe it is essential for teachers and other education staff to have a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by children with autism and how these can affect the children and young people in their care. I am pleased to note that qualified teachers are already required to be able to identify and support pupils with a range of special educational needs (SEN), including autism and ADHD and that they are also expected to adapt their teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils. 
 
You may also be aware that in July 2016 the Government published a new framework of core content for all initial teacher training courses, which includes detailed content on SEN training with a particular focus on speech, language and communication training.
 
In order to deliver autism awareness training and advice to teachers and other staff, I firmly support the Government's decision to fund three voluntary sector organisations, including the Autism Education Trust (AET). The AET provides different levels of autism training to all levels of school staff, and has to date trained more than 150,000 people, in addition to publishing national autism standards and a framework for those working with children with autism.
 
All children deserve the best possible start in life and so I am greatly encouraged that the Government is committed to ensuring that schools and teachers do all they can to best support children with autism and other special educational needs.