Number of pupils in Scotland identified as autistic jumps by 55%

The number of pupils in primary, secondary and special schools identified as having an autism spectrum condition increased by 55% between 2012 and 2016, new figures have revealed.

The figures, produced by the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) from the annual Scottish Government Pupil Census, also found an overall increase in pupils identified with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland’s schools of 44% since 2012. Now, 24.9% of all pupils have an ASN.

As well as the increase in autistic pupils, the number with emotional and behavioural difficulties rose by 53%, those in care by 44%, those with physical problems by 60% and those with mental health problems by 126%, although pupils may have more than one reason for additional support.

The increase is in part due to increased recognition and diagnosis of these conditions, as well as continued improvements in recording. 

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14th February 2017
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