Pupils recorded as having autism spectrum disorder: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02856
Date received: 23 November 2017
Date responded: 11 December 2017

Information requested

Data on the number of pupils recorded as having an autism spectrum disorder broken down by local authority and age. I am not looking for a break down by sector, but primary, secondary, and special schools pupils should be included in the counts. I am looking for age ranges 2-18+, for years 2010-2013?


I enclose a copy of the information you requested. You asked for data on the number of pupils recorded as having an autism spectrum disorder. We do not collect data on pupils with an autism spectrum disorder rather data is collected on the number of pupils receiving additional support with their reason for support being recorded as an autism spectrum disorder.

Please see the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 for further information on additional support needs where the following excerpt has been taken:

1(3) In this Act, "additional support" means:

(a) in relation to a prescribed pre-school child, a child of school age or a young person receiving school education, provision (whether or not educational provision) which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children or, as the case may be, young persons of the same age in schools (other than special schools) under the management of the education authority responsible for the school education of the child or young person, or in the case where there is no such authority, the education authority for the area to which the child or young person belongs.

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FOI-17-02856-Additional support data.xlsx


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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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