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(UK) 'Across England' the number of kids with autism being expelled increased by 60%

July 30, 2018, NW Evening Mail: Exclusions for children with autism on the rise http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/barrow/Exclusions-for-children-with-autism-on-the-rise-39e1502f-20dc-49f3-936c-8791da3e9c05-ds CHILDREN with autism are more likely to be excluded from schools in Cumbria than other pupils, worrying new data shows. A total of 35 youngsters with autistic spectrum disorder were either permanently or temporarily excluded in the county during 2015/16 – the most recent figures available – up from 25 in 2011/12. The findings confirm the concerns of Cumbria County Council bosses who last month sanctioned the creation of alternative provision schools in Carlisle and Barrow for vulnerable pupils they claim are being failed by the ‘linear and academic’ curriculum set by the government…. Each will provide 40 places to make sure vulnerable children left out of mainstream education have a chance to ‘succeed in life’. Cumbria’s education boss Councillor Sue Sanderson, a former headteacher, blamed cuts to school budgets which had resulted in fewer support staff for children with special needs…. Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of the charity Ambitious About Autism, said: “Schools are shutting out thousands of children with autism…. Across England, the number of autistic children being excluded increased by almost 60 per cent, rising from 2,825 in 2011/12 to 4,490 in 2015/16, while the number being permanently excluded more than doubled. …