Exploring how a sense of well-being and belonging is constructed in the accounts of autistic girls who attend mainstream schools in the UK

We are currently recruiting for a study looking at the experiences, perspectives and needs of autistic girls of all genders and ethnic backgrounds, based in the UK, who have experience attending a mainstream secondary school.

We would like to understand what factors contribute to and take away from feeling a sense of belonging in school and how this affects your well-being. This study will also explore what autistic girls believe would support their sense of belonging in mainstream school settings.

We hope that this research can help school staff and policy makers to make schools a better place for autistic girls.


Who is eligible to participate?


  • Girls (including LGBTQIA+)
  • Between the ages 12-18
  • Diagnosis of autism
  • Attending (or attended for a period of time) a mainstream school in the UK


What is required?


We will meet online. 

You will be asked to complete an activity of your choice. 

If you don’t want to that is fine, you can just answer some questions. You can talk, type (chat or email) the answers. 


For further information, contact our research team:

Nastassja: n.vine.16@ucl.ac.uk

Georgia: Georgia.pavlopoulou@ucl.ac.uk 


Alternatively, feel free to contact us using the contact details below: