Names of colleges testing new transitions young people with autism

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Dear Department for Education,

Please can you tell me the names of the four general further education colleges which are testing innovative ways of supporting the transition of young people with autism from school to college, as outlined by Minister Edward Timpson on March 19th Hansard column 626W.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson

Department for Education

Dear Ms Nicholson

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Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Fiona,
Thank you for your email request for information, which was received on 22 March. You
requested the names of the four colleges which are testing innovative approaches to
the transition from school to college for young people with autism.  Your request
followed Edward Timpson’s reference to these colleges in an answer to a parliamentary
question from Barry Shearman MP about the education of children on the autistic
spectrum.  I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As Mr Timpson’s answer suggests, these colleges are being engaged through a
Departmental grant to Ambitious about Autism, in association with the Association of
Colleges and NASEN, to work with the colleges and related schools to test these
innovative approaches.  The grant is from 2013 to 2015.  The colleges involved are
Askham Bryan College, York; Bromley College; Ealing, Hammersmith and West London
College; and Gloucestershire College.  Further information about this initiative is
available via the following link:

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Yours sincerely,

Nigel Fulton
Special Educational Needs and Disability Division
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Dear Nigel

Many thanks


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