2020 saw the education of children around the world change as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through our exclusion research we were already hearing about the increasing numbers of parents choosing to home educate their children but with the pandemic, this was suddenly forced upon most families in the UK
We surveyed parents of autistic children and young people in UK schools. The majority of parents (91%) were home-educating their children during lockdown and broadly speaking had mixed feelings about their experiences and the support schools provided.
My child has appeared happier over lockdown but her behaviour has been extremely challenging at times and we have felt totally unsupported with this
Parent of a 12 year old autistic girl
We have also produced a set of videos which provide advice and support for autistic people and their families during the pandemic