Empowering People, Launching lives
Author: Hannah Smith BCBA, Fast Responder
30th March 2022 | 1 min read
One of those statistics is around school exclusion. Recent government figures show that autistic children are twice as likely to be excluded from school, either for a fixed period or permanently, compared with children who have no special educational needs. This is reinforced further by a survey from the National Autistic Society, where 20% of parents reported their child had been informally excluded at least once in the last two years.
We believe a different approach is needed to tackle this. Our new Fast Responder pilot is exploring whether earlier intervention, with the right support, could be the solution.
We’ve been working with schools across London to trial a point-of-crisis service that steps in at the early signs of difficulties, before exclusion, to understand where the challenges are and what the right support could look like for that child.
We’ll be publishing a full report at the end of the pilot later this year. For now, though, we’ve got 5 top tips from the work we’re doing that could help your school.
The Fast Responder project has been made possible by a grant from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder, which gives out over £25 million every year to good causes across the capital.
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 Department for Education. Permanent and fixed-period exclusion in England: 2018 to 2019. Accessed at: Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2018 to 2019 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
 National Autistic Society School Report 2021. Clifford Chance. Accessed at: https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/news/school-report-2021
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