Page 1: Introduction

The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and the Education Leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of Birmingham are conducting research to understand the causes for educational exclusion of students on the autism spectrum and how educational settings (early years, school and FE) can be supported in reducing the number of exclusions. As part of this research project we are gathering the views of different stakeholders - educational staff, parents and autistic adults.

We are looking for educational leaders such as head teachers, governors and SENDCOs who will be able to provide us with an overview of educational provision for students with autism within their settings. If you have a leadership role within your setting, then we are interested in hearing your views. Please complete this questionnaire to share your experiences.

The project is following the University ethics committee protocol and all information which you will share with us will be treated confidentially. The collected data will be stored on the secure University systems for ten years and will only be used for the purpose of this project and associated work.

We are not asking for your name or address, so the answers can’t be traced back to you or your organisation. On completion of the survey you will be provided with a unique ID. Please store this some place safe. If you decide to no longer take part in this research, then please email ( within one week of completing the survey quoting this number and your data will be deleted. If you wait longer than a week it will no longer be possible to delete your data.  

The overall findings from this consultation will be made available to the public in a report that will appear on the University of Birmingham, Autism Centre for Education and Research ( and the Autism Education Trust ( websites in May 2020. They may also be used in academic publications, workshops and training courses. We hope that the findings from our project will help educational settings to continue providing appropriate support for students with autism. It is also intended that this work will influence future policy.

We will be asking you to provide us some information about number of students with autism, those with an Education, Health Care (EHC) plan, and exclusion rates in your organisation. You may want to have this information at hand when completing the questionnaire. The questionnaire should take around 20 minutes for you to complete.

This project is funded by UK Innovation and Research.


This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

1.1. To consent to take part in the questionnaire please tick if you agree with the statements: Required

Please don't select more than 1 answer(s) per row.

Please select at least 4 answer(s).

I agree to take part in the study
I confirm that I have read and understood the participant information (information above)
I understand that my data will be kept secure and confidential on the University of Birmingham’s server
I understand that my data will only be used for the purposes highlighted above i.e. a public report, academic publications, workshops and training courses