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Autism Champion

Rebecca Ferguson 
Home School Liaison and Autism Champion

Autism Friendly School Status

The Autism Champion is an initiative introduced to Cornwall by the Autism Spectrum Team in 2013. A member of staff with an interest and experience in working with pupils with autism is designated to be the Autism Champion by their school.  Part of their role is to assess the  strengths and needs of students, so that they can provide guidance and strategies, that means that small issues are dealt with before they become major concerns.

They act as an in- school resource to the staff working with them and in some cases to work directly with the young people.  They promote autism awareness within their schools.  The impact of Autism Champions was positively evaluated by pupils, parents, staff and senior managers in a study carried out in 2015.

In October 2020 we have been awarded the Autism friendly Schools status by Cornwall Council, we have worked closely with the Autism Team to evidence our practice across the school. We are the first special school in Cornwall to receive this status.

National Autistic Society