Supporting Autistic Learners in Scotland

This event will examine the key challenges to supporting learners on the autism spectrum to ensure they can reach their potential and thrive within mainstream education.

Inclusion as a right

In October 2018, Scottish Autism, in partnership with Children in Scotland and The National Autistic Society Scotland, published 'Not included, not engaged, not involved' which highlighted the stark numbers of learners with autism who are unlawfully excluded from schools.

All children have the right to education; however, this report highlights that those with autism are disproportionally facing exclusion, limited support for alternative schooling arrangements and experiencing negative personal impacts.

In March 2018, Scottish Government published a refreshed Strategy for Autism, which outlined ambitions to raise teachers’ understanding of autism as a means to improving attainment and support. So how can we make this a reality and give teachers the skills they need to ensure that mainstreaming truly works for all?

Join us as we examine the legal, professional and personal factors that shape educational experiences for children with autism. Sessions will scrutinise how we can balance the rights of the children with the responsibilities of the school, minimise exclusions and ensure that autistic children can always reach their full potential.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The refreshed Strategy for Autism
  • Equipping teachers with better skills and understanding of autism
  • Rights and responsibilities in cases of exclusion
  • Experiences of children with autism in Scotland
  • Giving learners and parents a voice

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:00 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • The refreshed Strategy for Autism
  • Experiences of children with autism in Scotland
  • Barriers and priorities for mainstreaming

Charlene Tait, Deputy CEO, Scottish Autism

Nick Ward, National Director, The National Autistic Society Scotland

10:40 Questions and Discussion

11:10 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Nurturing Autistic Learners

  • Support for staff and teachers
  • A whole-school approach to raising awareness and understanding
  • Equipping teachers with better skills and understanding of autism
  • The link between inclusion and wellbeing

Dr Anna Robinson, Lecturer in Autism, University of Strathclyde

Speaker confirmed from The Donaldson Trust

12:40 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Reducing Exclusions

  • Exclusion as a last resort
  • Rights and responsibilities in cases of exclusion
  • Balancing the needs of learners with different requirements within a classroom
  • Giving learners and parents a voice

14:40 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 

 

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map
 
Costs
Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
12 March 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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