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(UK) Huff Post: More autistic kids being expelled from UK schools

Sept 15, 2017, Huff Post (UK): Number Of Children With Autism Being Excluded Has Risen And Its 'Incredibly Troubling' http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/children-with-autism-exclusions_uk_59bbaa0be4b02da0e140ff7f?ir=UK+Parents&utm_hp_ref=uk-parents The number of children with autism who have been suspended or excluded from school has risen. National autism charities say this increase is “incredibly troubling”, but they are even more concerned that these figures don’t show “illegal exclusions” taking place, which are not reported to authorities. ... “These new Government statistics are incredibly troubling,” she told HuffPost UK.... From 2013/14 to 2015/16, the rise in permanent exclusions for pupils with autism as a primary special educational need (SEN) was 36.4%. The number of fixed period exclusions rose from 6,150 to 9,040 in the same time period - a rise of 24.69%. Lambert added: “When children and young people on the autism spectrum have problems at school, it is often because their school doesn’t have a good enough understanding of autism or their placement isn’t appropriate for their needs.”…