Autism training: MLAs accused of ‘bad politics’ in debate


Autism training: MLAs accused of 'bad politics' in debateThe umbrella body for teachers’ unions has accused MLAs of “bad politics” in claiming it supports mandatory autism training for teachers.

MLAs voted to introduce mandatory training for trainee teachers, teachers and classroom assistants on Monday.

During the course of the debate some MLAs claimed all of the teaching unions had called for the move.

But in a letter to party chief whips the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) said that was “not the case”.

There has been a significant increase in the number of autistic pupils in Northern Ireland’s schools in recent years.

That had led to calls for the Department of Education (DE) to introduce mandatory autism training for teachers.

On Monday, MLAs debated a motion brought forward by DUP MLA Pam Cameron calling on Education Minister Peter Weir to explore the introduction of mandatory autism training for all teachers and classroom assistants.

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