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AET Project brief - Capacity building

AET Project brief - Capacity building - THIS IS NOW CLOSED

The Autism Education Trust believes that all children and young people with autism* should receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens (and that individuals, families and professionals are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved).
*The term autism refers to all those on the autistic spectrum including Asperger syndrome

The purpose of the AET is to further raise awareness of the importance of autism education across the children’s workforce, to bring organisations involved in delivering autism education services together in order to promote effective practice and share information and to involve children and young people with autism and their families and carers in the planning and delivery of information and resources to enhance and improve autism education across the country.

To develop detailed plans for submission to the Department for Education for capacity-building funding as part of the DfE VCS Improving Outcomes Grants programme to enable it to develop a suite of income-generating products and services that will enable to AET to develop towards financial sustainability by March 2013.

Audiences and methodology
The report produced by the successful bidder must be suitable to attract capacity-building funding from DfE (guidelines attached) and to enable the AET to implement by 1st September 2011.

Phases and Stages:
Phase 1: The diagnostic assessment and action plan framework (Annex 1) must be submitted to the AET’s DfE policy contact by 24 June 2011.

Phase 2: The Department will review the outcomes of the diagnostic assessment and through discussion; agree a fully costed action plan with measurable outcomes, for implementation at the earliest opportunity and no later than 1 September 2011

What should be included?
The report produced needs to identify the Products, Price, Place and Promotion needed to generate income from the materials produced by the AET. (Some elements of the following have already been investigated, which will be given to you as the basis of your report)

1. AET Hub-based Training
2. Competency Framework
3. Accreditation scheme
4. Tools for Teachers
5. The Den DVD
6. Diagnosis DVD
7. Transition Guide
8. Any other suitable materials / services

Price (and profit):  Please establish the following for each:
1. Recommended price based on existing marketed products
2. Pricing structures suitable for the product under consideration (including storage and distribution costs)

Place (where it can be bought):
1. Online
2. Face 2 Face
3. Embedded in training
4. marketed through partners
5. Direct from AET
6. Licencing

1. What communication channels will be most effective
2. What cost implications
3. Recommendations in timings

Key Information:
1. DFE Capacity-Building Guidance Document
2. AET Fundraising Document

What are the key deliverables / milestones?
1. Deliver a robust business case for capacity-building
2. A draft commercialisation strategy for consideration by the AET Project Board
3. For each product, supply information on
    a. price of comparable offerings and recommended unit price
    b. recommended place for sales and distribution
    c. What promotion will be necessary to make the product or service work?

What key skills / capabilities are important to us?

  • Ability to undertake high quality work
  • Track record in working with people across the spectrum, whether they have High Functioning Autism / Aspergers Syndrome or have classical autism with or without other learning difficulties. (Although this may have to be provided by a partner organisation to the bidder)
  • Ability to understand the wider policy framework
  • Bidders should state where their research team includes researchers with autism and how their skills will be used in this work.

When do we need it?
A draft timetable is suggested below:
Capacity building timetable example image

The maximum budget for this piece of work is £10k including VAT and expenses up to 5%.

Organisations who are interested in competing for this work should submit a brief tender document detailing how they would address this remit and what particular skills and expertise they bring.  This document will be assessed by the AET Project Board who will select the successful bidder.

For an overview of the AET, please download the AET Presentation.

Please also see the rest of the AET website at

Relevant Documents
DOWNLOAD: DfE Capacity-Building Guidance including Appendix 1