Our contract with the Department for Education requires us to pursue a sustainable business model. As DfE turns its focus towards larger, non-condition-specific programmes we have to establish the foundations of an independent AET. This does not alter our priorities, vision and focus to extend our reach and enable even more children and young people with autism to receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens by supporting their educational settings with the highest quality, evidence informed autism practice.
We have introduced a new delivery partnership approach that allows prospective training partners to directly join our delivery network. We are offering licence agreements in local authority areas across the three education phases.
The cost of an AET license reflects the size of the local authority area. As a not for profit programme, our intention is make the cost of our licenses as accessible as possible whilst maintaining high quality resources and support. The average cost of an early years or post 16 license is £2,000 and a school license £6,000 per annum. To reduce cost and administration, we encourage organisations to hold a joint early years / school license and offer a discount to those who take this up. Current license holders include: local authorities, teaching schools, colleges, universities, early years providers, voluntary sector organisations and the private education sector. Colleges can also benefit from exclusive licences to train their own workforce. For more information, please click here.
Pamela Simpson, assistant team manager at Communication and Autism Team, Birmingham County Council, partner since 2011, says:
“The AET programme focuses on autism as a difference not a deficit. It puts the child and young person at the heart of the process. It is their voice that is heard through the training. The programme is evidence-based and offers a framework for schools to include in their SEN Information Report. Evaluations indicate that 98% of those attending strongly agree that the training will have a positive impact on practice and their ability to support children with autism. Demand for the training continues to be high.”
Local authorities or others interested in exploring a partnership with the AET should contact inf[email protected].