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Autism in Schools project expands into primary schools

10th May 2024

  • Autism in Schools is a national scheme which aims to improve support for autistic children and young people in mainstream schools. After running successfully at 15 secondary schools in Sheffield, the project is now expanding into the primary sector.

    A key part of the project are in-school groups for autistic students, facilitated by national charity KIDS. These meetings provide a safe space where students can learn more about their autism, boost their self-esteem, provide mutual support, and educate school staff about how best to meet their needs.

    This is mirrored by monthly parent meetings, facilitated by our SPCF project workers at the participating schools. Not only have these groups helped parents to feel less isolated, they have also served as a platform for discussing concerns and coming up with solutions. Where schools have taken this feedback on board, the effect has been transformative.

    Over the next few months, our project workers will phase out their involvement in those secondary schools where the work has become embedded, and the schools will continue with the project themselves.

    The focus will then shift to the primary schools that are coming on board. These schools are currently being identified, and we will shortly publish a list on this website.