(UK) More pupils with autism educated at home; families cite lack of support in schools

Nov 17, 2017, BBC: Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales The number of pupils being taken out of school to be taught at home has doubled in four years - with many of them believed to be autistic. Some 1,906 pupils were removed in 2016-17, up from 864 in 2013-14, according to council data. National Autistic Society Cymru said many were autistic children who were struggling to cope in school. The Welsh Government said it was committed to creating an inclusive education system for all learners. Children's Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, said she was concerned some schools wanted autistic children removed to improve their results. Erika Lye, who has three autistic sons, runs a home education group in Rhos, Neath Port Talbot. She said 80% of the children who attended were on the autistic spectrum and many were not there through choice…. The latest report by the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales showed families with autistic children lodged more appeals about the lack of support their child is receiving in school than those with other learning needs. … He said it hoped this would identify trends so councils could consider what measures, if necessary, could be put in place to support families when children are still in school.