Commenting on the news that Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan will support calls to include autism within initial teacher training, president of school leaders’ union NAHT Kim Johnson says: “we welcome news that including autism in teacher training is one step closer. It puts the complex needs of children and young adults with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in our schools and academies at the core of teacher training.
“We hope the Secretary of State will also look to further the wider place of SEND in teacher training and teacher's CPD, as well as ensuring that Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 assessment practice enables inclusive opportunities.”
James Bowen, director of middle leaders’ union NAHT Edge, says: “We know that teacher training on autism is inconsistent, so I welcome comments by the Secretary of State. NAHT Edge has campaigned on this issue, and I’ve been proud to back the work of the National Autistic Society and the Autism APPG on this. I look forward to the Secretary of State’s calls being taken on board, reforming teacher training to help children with autism.”
Page Published: 27/05/2016