Derek supports a national autism and education strategy

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West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has backed the National Autistic Society and Ambitious About Autism campaign, Held Back, which is urging the Government to introduce a national autism and educational strategy.

Derek has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP urging him to take action to make sure the 120,000 school-aged children on the autism spectrum in England are no longer held back.

The letter is in response to an autism and education report which was launched in November 2017 by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) which shows that the education system is still failing to meet the needs of autistic children and young people.

Mr Thomas said: “I have spoken with constituents and heard personal accounts from families who are still struggling to secure the right school provision and education support for their autistic child.

Furthermore, during my weekly school visits I see teachers and staff making a tremendous effort to support pupils. Government must ensure schools have the resources they need to support children with autism. Autism is one of the most common types of special educational need, affecting children in every school in the country and while autism can present some serious difficulties, we know that a child who is understood and supported appropriately can make excellent progress.”