Teachers currently have no official advice or guidance on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), caused by drinking during pregnancy, despite estimates that one in 100 UK-born children is affected. This figure is expected to rise following increases in binge drinking among women.
The condition – the most common non-genetic learning disability – affects numeracy, behaviour, and cognitive and social skills, but often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed in schools in England.
Campaigners say education ministers have fobbed them off when they have asked for guidance for teachers, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families was not interested. Labour politicians in Westminster are backing their calls for change.
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