The AET has now successfully launched the biggest ever face-to-face autism training scheme for schools across England. Over 1,500 school staff have received Level 1 training since the programme began in February and evaluations have shown an overwhelmingly positive response from those who have attended. Following the successful take up of Level 1 training, the AET is now introducing Levels 2 and 3, which are being piloted this term and will be available in full from September.
The training is aimed at staff working with pupils aged 5 – 16 years and uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, presentations and practical resources and activities. Level 1 is aimed at teaching and non-teaching staff such as governors, lunchtime assistants, while Level 2 is aimed at staff working directly with children with autism and level 3 is for staff who need more in depth knowledge of autism or those in a leadership role. Levels 2 and 3 offer tried and tested support techniques for pupils on the autism spectrum, as well as an opportunity for group work and discussions.
Speaking about the AET Training Programme, Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, with responsibility for SEN, said; "It is really important to get support for children with autism right. I welcome the work teachers and schools are doing to achieve this. But there is still more that can be done to support these children. Awareness and the skills to address autistic children's needs are crucial and this is why I am so pleased with the take up of the AET's training so far and hope that this will provide the momentum for more staff to take up the Trust's training at more advanced levels".
The programme is delivered by a network of hubs across the country and has been funded by the Department for Education and developed by the Autism Centre for Education and Research at Birmingham University. The programme materials are available on a dedicated microsite, which can be accessed in full from smartphones, iPads and other mobile devices.
Level 1 training is free; the cost for Level 2 is £95 and for Level 3 is £190, although half price places are available during the pilot stage. To find out more and to book, visit www.aettraininghubs.org.uk/training-hubs/
for details of your nearest Training Hub.