Education Survey 2013

Press Coverage in Hertfordshire

The harc education survey generated quite a lot of press coverage and has certainly got people,  including County Councillors, talking.  You can see the press coverage below:

Herts 24 (Web)

Autistic children are `being failed badly? by Hertfordshire schools, says report (More on the anti-bullying survey conducted by the Hertfordshire branch of the NAS).

Welwyn Hatfield Times

p.13 – Autistic children are ‘being failed badly’ by schools, says report (More on the anti-bullying survey conducted by the Hertfordshire branch of the NAS).

Hitchin Advertiser

p.7 – Parents of autistic kids demand action (The Hertfordshire branch of the NAS (HARC) released a survey to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week which found high rates of bullying of children with autism in Hertfordshire schools).  Read the report here

Stevenage Advertiser

p.7 – Parents of autistic kids demand action (The Hertfordshire branch of the NAS (HARC) has released a survey to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week which found high rates of bullying of children with autism in Hertfordshire schools).

Hertfordshire Advertiser (Web)

Autism parental-support charity in Hitchin and Stevenage calls for action after deeply disturbing figures emerge (The Hertfordshire branch of the NAS (HARC) has released a survey to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week which found high rates of bullying of children with autism in Hertfordshire schools. HARC’s Susanne Lace said the findings were “deeply disturbing”).

harc survey on Interactive Brunch Jack FM

Following our press release Jack FM wanted to find out more.  They interviewed a harc member and Tom Purser from the NAS and that interview led the news on Wednesday 20th November.   On Saturday our story was part of the three hour Interactive Brunch because the story on Wednesday had prompted a lot of interest from parents.   Did you listen on Saturday?  I heard the presenter,  Chris,  say several times that there had been no response from Hertfordshire County Council.  Have you heard back from your County Councillor?  If so please let us know.  We have to change the experience of our children.

harc Education Survey –  Published 18th November 2013

harc have published the results of the survey of education in Hertfordshire.  The 18th November is the first day of National Anti Bullying Week and it seemed appropriate to publish at this time given that 59% of respondents to our survey said that their child had been bullied at school.  This rose to  70% of children with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism.  And only one in ten parents said that educational provision in Hertfordshire is adequate for children with autism.

You can download the survey report here.  A copy of this document is being sent to every County Councillor today to coincide with a county wide press release.

If you are a Hertfordshire resident and you spot the press release in your local paper please contact us at support@nasherts.org.uk to let us know which paper you have seen it in.

harc have also worked with other support groups in Hertfordshire (including ADD-vance and Angels) to produce a proposal to improve outcomes for children and young people with autism in Hertfordshire.  The proposal analyses problems within the existing educational system and sets out a wide-ranging programme of reform, to tackle these issues.  That report is here .

One of the policy recommendations is for an autism-specific Free School. harc  have,  with our partners,  produced a Question & Answer fact sheet to explain more about the proposed NAS Free School and how it would benefit the County.  Please feel free to share the Fact Sheet  with others, including your local County Councillor.  More information about how you can contact your Councillor is to be found in the “News and Information” section of our website, under the heading “Free School in Hertfordshire”. The link is here.

We welcome any feedback on our report. If you have any comments, or would like to share your experiences, good or bad, please do get in touch at support@nasherts.org.uk.

If your child has experienced bullying you might find these links helpful:

Bullying and autism: A guide for school staff

Autism Education Trust advice on bullying:

New harc education survey – please fill in!

This survey is now closed

Earlier this year, we held workshops with parents of children with autism – and education emerged as a key concern.

As a result, we have put together an online survey on education in Hertfordshire, aimed at parents/ carers of children and young people with autism.  The questionnaire includes questions to assess demand for a possible Free School, but it also covers much wider ground, to help us broadly analyse the educational experiences and needs of children with autism.

The link to the survey is below. Please do complete by 30th June 2013 and forward it to anyone you know, whether a member or not,  who may be interested in contributing.   The outcome of the survey will be much more meaningful if we can get a good response rate! It provides an excellent opportunity to let decision-makers know what needs to change.

We will use the results of this survey to campaign to improve education for children in Hertfordshire – this will include providing evidence at Hertfordshire County Council’s review of autism (“Scrutiny”) later this year.

Very many thanks for your help – it is much appreciated!

Please follow this link to  the survey: Education Survey