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The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Established and supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism. Underpinned by current research into good education practice, the AET programme is structured around the three education phases – early years, school and post 16. Our core values are: person-centered, outcomes and process focussed, inclusive and accessible, evidence-based, high quality and working in partnership.
The AET is not a legal entity and is hosted on behalf of the partnership by the National Autistic Society (NAS). NAS carries all legal responsibility for the programme and enters into all contracts on its behalf.
The AET’s vision is that all children and young people with autism receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens.
Our mission is to provide professional development resources and opportunities that support education services and staff in securing positive experiences and outcomes for children and young people with autism.
Our work centres on the promotion of good practice standards for education settings; competency frameworks for practitioners and the provision of a range of professional development training programmes for early years, schools and post 16 settings delivered by local licensed training hubs and supported by our regional strategic partners.
“Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.” SEND code of practice, 2015.
Autism affects more than one in 100 people. Education is one of the most important issues facing children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families.
It is the responsibility for all educational professionals to support better life outcomes for children and young people on the autism spectrum. It is important that there is an ongoing programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) on autism for all staff.
Good practice for individuals with autism is good practice for all children and young people.