Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has co-chaired, alongside Pevensey MP, Huw Merriman, an All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism inquiry into education for those with Autism.
This inquiry is being co-ordinated by The National Autistic Society, with support from Ambitious About Autism and the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at University College London, along with the APPG on Autism.
The Lewes MP led the cross-party group of Parliamentarians in questioning a range of guests including Ofsted, the Autism Education Trust, teachers/SENCOs from special and mainstream schools, and two young people on the autism spectrum who have recently left school.
The inquiry had three main themes; the challenge for local authorities, the difference that the Children and Families Act 2014 is making; and the need for autism expertise in school, which was the focus of this evidence session.
Maria Caulfield MP said, “It is vital that children on the Autistic spectrum are able to have the same high quality education as other children. This inquiry is hoping to find out where the gaps are in education for those with Autism so that we can hopefully make improvements in the future.”
“I look forward to our next session where we will be looking at the difference that the Children and Families Act 2014 is making.”