Axcis and the APPGA Inquiry

At Axcis we are extremely proud to sponsor the National Autistic Society. In the last year we have provided funding so that they could work alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism to run an inquiry looking into how the education system is working for autistic pupils. Find out more about this research here and why we supported it, as well as some of the key findings.

About the Axcis/National Autistic Society relationship

Mark Lever, NAS CEO (right) with Catherine Friel, Senior Director of Axcis at a recent NAS Conference.

Axcis has been in partnership with the National Autistic Society since 2011 and we are proud to be their single biggest corporate sponsor. Since the start of this relationship we have worked together on a range of initiatives, from developing FREE online webinars about autism, to live Twitter chats with top autism researchers and professionals as well as many training events, seminars and conferences. Axcis also sponsors Network Autism, the National Autistic Society’s vital online service created to bring autism professionals together across over 12 professional sectors and from 90 countries.



“The partnership with Axcis is one of the National Autistic Society’s most valued and long-standing. Their support over the last 6 years has allowed us to deliver transformational events, services and resources to professionals working with autistic people.” Mark Lever, CEO, National Autistic Society


We are extremely proud of this partnership with the National Autistic Society and hope that it will continue for many years to come.

The APPGA Inquiry

On the 6th April 2017, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) – a cross party group of MPs and members of the House of Lords – launched an inquiry into education for children on the autism spectrum in England. This followed a consultation that the National Autistic Society, working on behalf of the group, ran last year with autistic people and family members about their priorities for change. As part of that consultation, parents of children and young people on the autism spectrum and those on the spectrum themselves, told our friends at the National Autistic Society about the challenges they continue to face in getting the right educational provision and support in schools.

Key Findings of the APPGA report

The National Autistic Society has published a full report which you can find on this page. In the meantime, their 6 key findings are listed below:


  • 3 years on from the introduction of significant reforms to the special educational needs system in England, children on the autism spectrum are still being let down by the education system
  • Fewer than half of children and young people on the autism spectrum say they are happy at school. Seven in ten saying that their peers do not understand them and five in ten saying that their teachers do not know how to support them
  • 70% of parents say that support was not put in place quickly enough for their child. Nearly 70% waited more than six months for support and 50% waited more than a year
  • 6 in 10 young people and seven in ten of their parents say that the main thing that would make school better for them is having a teacher who understands autism
  • 42% of parents say their child was refused an assessment of their special educational needs the first time it was requested
  • 40% of parents say that their child’s school place does not fully meet their needs

Axcis proud to support the APPGA report

At Axcis we believe that all children, regardless of their personal situation, deserve and have a right to a great education. This is why we are thrilled to be able to support initiatives such as this APPGA report. As a result of this piece of research we hope that the standard of education for children living with autism will improve. We feel that we are helping in other ways too – for example, by providing good quality autism training to our own teachers and members of support staff who work in both mainstream and special schools across the country on a daily basis. It’s all about spreading knowledge and good practice!


Huge thanks to the National Autistic Society for their hard work on this project and the many others they work on as part of their quest to support individuals with autism. We salute you!

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