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Children and young people

Please be aware that this section contains information prepared in 2009 and may now be out of date. Some links may no longer work. We are reviewing this section.

Advocacy . Behaviour . Bullying . Exclusion . Getting help with SEN at school . Information and communication technology . Individual Education Plans (IEPs) . National curriculum . Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) . Speech and language therapy . Transition . Which school for me?


All children and young people have the right to have their views, wishes and feelings taken into account when decisions are made about their lives. This legal right is protected in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in the Children Act 1989. Find out more about advocacy.

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Behaviour is what we say and what we do. Sometimes we say or do things to get what we need and sometimes we say or do things in reaction to events that happen around us. We are all different and we all say and do different things in different situations. Find out more about behaviour.

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Bullying is a form of abuse. Bullying is when someone hurts someone else either physically or emotionally without any reason.  All forms of bullying are wrong. Bullying often happens in school and pupils who have a disability, including those on the autism spectrum, are more likely than others to be the victim of bullying. Find out more about bullying.

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Exclusion is a kind of discipline which the Head teacher of a school can use to deal with any serious misbehaviour. If you are excluded it means you will be sent home from school and will be unable to return for either a fixed period of time (for example one week) or in some cases permanently. Find out more about exclusion.

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Getting help with SEN at school 

About 1 in 5 children and young people in England have special educational needs (SEN) at some point in their school lives and most children and young people on the autism spectrum have SEN. Find out more about getting help with SEN at school.

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Information and communication technology

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the subjects you must be taught at school under the current National Curriculum. A good understanding of ICT is really important as we now rely on technology for finding and processing information. Find out more about information and communication technology.

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Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

If you have Special Educational Needs (SEN) then you may also have an individual education plan (IEP) which sets out the kind of support you need to succeed in school. Find out more about individual education plans.

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National curriculum

The National Curriculum is a set of guidelines drawn up by the government to map out the way you learn and also the way you are assessed at school. Find out more about the national curriculum.

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Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

A special educational needs coordinator (SENCO for short) is a teacher who is responsible for special educational needs at school. All schools have a SENCO and they work with other teachers and with parents to make sure that pupils with special educational needs get the right support and help they need at school. Find out more about SENCO.

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Speech and language therapy 

Some children have difficulty saying or understanding sounds or words. This is common in children who have autism or Asperger syndrome. Speech and language therapy can help these children learn to understand and say sounds and words better. Find out more about speech and language therapy.

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The word ‘transition’ means the movement from one thing to another. In the context of your school life this might mean travelling from home to school each day or from one lesson to another. People also talk about ‘transition’ when they are describing the change from one phase in your life to another. Find out more about transition.

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Which school for me?

If you have autism or Asperger syndrome there are lots of different types of school you might go to. Every person is different and learns in different ways so it is important that a range of options are available to you to make sure you have the best chance of achieving your potential. Find out more about which school form me?

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