'Flexible Curriculum' required to ensure pupils with autism achieve potential

Posted on Thursday 15th September 2011

 A report published on the 14 September 2011 by the Autism Education Trust (AET) finds the current education system lacks flexibility in its approach to pupils on the autism spectrum. The research (Educational provision and outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, AET, 2011) led by Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer from the Autism Centre of Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, found that teachers are not being given enough guidance or scope to adapt the National Curriculum to include social and life skills for pupils with autism.

Moreover schools need to aim higher for their students with autism to ensure adult outcomes are positive – whether in terms of academic achievement or emotional well-bring - and pupil assessment processes should go beyond those required by the National Curriculum.

To download the report in full and to find out more about the Autism Education Trust visit www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk or email info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk

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