How do autistic children access the curriculum and tests in mainstream primary schools? How can inclusion be improved?

Rebecca Wood

University of Birmingham

Becky is a Research Fellow in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the University of Birmingham and is an experienced teacher and autism trainer and practitioner. She is Project Manager of ‘Transform Autism Education’, a three year research and development project funded by the European Commission through their Erasmus Plus programme. Becky completed her first degrees at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford and is a doctoral researcher at the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER), where she holds a full scholarship from the School of Education. The focus of Becky’s PhD is on how autistic children access the curriculum and tests in mainstream primary schools, and the implications of this in the contexts of communication, inclusion and the identity and agency of autistic schoolchildren.


Introduction As increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with autism, there are ever growing numbers attending mainstream primary schools. While the general trend - driven by sociological, legal and pedagogical... [ view full abstract ]

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The researcher is funded by a full-time post-graduate scholarship and followed the robust ethical procedures of the University of Birmingham. This included processes of recruitment and the provision of clear information so... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rebecca Wood (University of Birmingham)

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