Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100, some say as many as 1 in 68. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Autism is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell if someone is autistic and while autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.
At TBGS we support autistic pupils in a range of ways, for example those who require it all have a keyworker who engages with them on a one-to-one basis and we also frequently use social stories and the Talkabout programme to teach social understanding and enhance their existing communication skills. This year for World Autism Awareness Week, staff have been provided with some of the most up-to-date strategies to refresh their knowledge on working with autistic pupils in the classroom, Heads of House too will be raising awareness in assemblies and in the coming year we aim to continue to raise the profile of autism through fund-raising events and further pastoral work.
We are proud of the achievements of all of our students, but recognise that because of the differences faced by our autistic pupils seeing them succeed inside and outside of school is especially important and we aim to continue to work towards their success and happiness.
Mrs L Munns – SENDCO