The Benefits of the AET Post-16 Programme

A modular autism training programme for practitioners and all those working in Post-16 settings. 

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National programme - Local knowledge

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The Autism Education Trust (AET) offers face-to-face training programmes and practical resources for practitioners working in post-16 settings, including colleges, school sixth forms and universities. The AET training programme is delivered by local trainers with experience in the field of autism education and an understanding of the local context.


Growing need

Icon three people with sun rising behindOver 1 in 100 people are autistic and the number of children and young people receiving an autism diagnosis is rising.

The AET Post-16 Programme can play a key role in helping your setting to support autistic young people, meet your wider responsibilities and will form an essential part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


More than a training programme

Icon person teachingOur 360˚ holistic approach offers an evidence-based support programme developed by leading autism education specialists, including researchers, autistic people, parents of young people on the autism spectrum, trainers and practitioners consisting of:

  • a modular, face to face training programme for all staff
  • good practice standards against which post-16 settings can audit their practice and plan improvement
  • competency frameworks for practitioners  to assess their practice and to plan CPD
  • a range of practical resources

Leading the way in autism education

Icon child playing with toy blocksOur programme includes a wealth of practical strategies and tools to support you in your everyday work, including the widely recognised AET Progression framework, the popular AET Tools for teachers, videos, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, strategies, presentations and activities.


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“The materials are really good quality and have been an excellent tool for developing practice across the organisation.

The training has been particularly useful for mainstream staff working with students on the spectrum who previously haven’t had much autism training, but even those who have say it is a very good refresher. The training gets them to consider how they could work with our learners more effectively and helps them to decide if they want to find out more by doing the practitioners training afterwards.

We also use the AET Post-16 Autism Standards to support us to continue to develop provision.”

Gemma Burton, Regional Centre and Course Leader
City College Norwich

“The AET Post-16 Autism Competency Framework helps me to shape my support for the colleges I work with. I use the competencies to give the staff a framework to reflect on their own practice and identify areas they would like to develop. The targets are then built into the college support plan.”

Teresa Allen, Specialist Support Tutor, Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
Birmingham City Council