(UK) North West: 100% increase in autistic kids being expelled since 2011

June 7, 2018, (UK) Tes: Exclusions of autistic pupils up 60 per cent Exclusions of pupils with autism see 100 per cent rise since 2011 in the North West The number of children with autism being excluded from English schools has increased by 60 per cent since 2011, according to new data. Figures from Ambitious about Autism – a national charity for children and young people with autism – show that exclusions of children with autism increased by at least 44 per cent in every part of England between 2011-12 and 2015-16…. In total, 4,485 pupils with autism were excluded in 2015-16. In the North West – the region that has seen the biggest rise – there has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of children with autism excluded since 2011. Although there has been an increase in children with autism in schools, Ambitious about Autism said the exclusion rate remains disproportionate to their number. Children with autism account for just over 1 per cent of the school population, but make up 2.5 per cent of all exclusions. The charity has submitted its findings to the school exclusions review, an independent review, commissioned by the government and led by former children’s minister Edward