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Four in 10 children with autism illegally excluded from school

Four in 10 children with autism in England were informally – and therefore illegally – excluded from school during a 12-month period, according to a new survey. Ambitious about Autism, which carried out the research for its new report Ruled Out: why are children with autism missing out on education?, said that if this figure is applied to all of England’s 70,785 children with autism, it could equate to more than 28,000 illegal exclusions. Parents and carers of children with autism surveyed for the new report revealed: • 4 in 10 children (39%) had been subject to informal exclusions. One


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