School Readiness Group

The School Readiness Group is designed to support the successful transition of young children with autism into mainstream primary school. A pilot of the group ran from September 2019 to February 2020 and we’re currently reviewing our results and seeking further funding.

Children with autism are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than any other child1, with 60% of mainstream teachers feeling that they are inadequately prepared to teach children with autism2.

Our School Readiness Group focuses on reducing barriers to education by upskilling Learning Support Assistants. We empower them to feel more confident with their pupils, provide training to ensure pupils with autism get the best education possible, and focus on promoting positive behaviour to prevent fixed term or permanent exclusions.

Learning Support Assistants attend the training with their pupil and become skilled in giving enough support to enhance academic progress and develop independence, and in supporting behaviour for learning by using positive reinforcement and the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

1. Department for Education. (January 2016). SEN absences and exclusions: additional analysis
2. NASUWT Support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs (June 2013)