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Autism to now be included in core teacher training

02/06/2016 Joanna

It has been announced by the government that autism will now be included in core teacher training.

This news comes following months of campaigning by charities, parents and MPs, in a bid to ensure that teachers are capable of properly supporting children with autism.

The campaigners stated that there are more than one in 100 children on the autism spectrum, and over 70 per cent of them attend mainstream schools. With this in mind, it can be expected that every teacher will at some point have an autistic student in their class.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan was heavily involved in this campaign, urging for all teachers to be properly trained in supporting pupils with special educational needs (SEN), specifically autism.

A senior government source told the Daily Telegraph: "[Mrs Morgan] approached the chair of the initial teacher training review, Stephen Munday, and personally raised the issue of including training on special educational needs, especially autism, as key part of training."

Following an NASUWT survey, it was highlighted that six in ten teachers hadn’t been given the training required to teach autistic children.

However, the government source confirmed autism will be now part of the core learning for teachers as part of their initial training.

Adam Boddison, chief executive of charity Nasen, said: "This is excellent news for thousands of children and young people who will now be able to benefit from teachers who understand more about autism and are better prepared for meeting their needs in the classroom."

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