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Autistic children excluded from classrooms?

Autistic children excluded from classrooms?

Scores of autistic children are being subjected to unlawful exclusions from the classroom.

More than a third (34%) of parents responding to a survey on the experiences of autistic children who have missed school said that their children had been unlawfully excluded in the last two years – with almost a quarter (22%) saying this happened multiple times a week.

An unlawful exclusion is when a school sends a child home without using the formal exclusion process, meaning monitoring and support systems are bypassed. Scottish Government guidance is clear on its position that unlawful exclusions should not happen – yet research by Children in Scotland, the National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism shows that they happen regularly to autistic children across Scotland.

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