Department of Education

AET SCHOOLS TRAINING PROGRAMME

A MODULAR AUTISM TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR PRACTITIONERS AND ALL THOSE WORKING IN MAINSTREAM AND SPECIALIST SCHOOLS

Training and practical resources to support you
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NATIONAL PROGRAMME

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

The Autism Education Trust (AET) offers face-to-face training programmes and practical resources for practitioners and those working in mainstream and specialist schools. The AET training programme is delivered by local trainers with experience in the field of autism education and understanding of the local context.

GROWING NEED

Over 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and the number of children receiving an autism diagnosis is rising. The AET schools programme can play a key role in helping your school to support autistic pupils, meet your wider responsibilities and will form an essential part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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MORE THAN A

TRAINING PROGRAMME

Our 360° holistic approach offers an evidence-based support programme developed by leading autism education specialists including – researchers, autistic people, parents of pupils on the autism spectrum, trainers and practitioners
consisting of:

  • a modular, face to face training programme
  • good practice standards against which schools can audit their practice and plan improvement
  • competency framework for practitioners to self-assess their practice and to plan CPD
  • a range of practical resources
AET schools programme more than a training programme

LEADING THE WAY IN AUTISM EDUCATION

Our 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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SCHOOLS PROGRAMME MODULES

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MAKING SENSE OF AUTISM

Basic awareness training for all those engaging with children and young people in schools. This includes governors and leaders, teaching staff, ancillary staff and transport staff.

The training will support participants in:

  • understanding the four key areas of developmental difference experienced by autistic pupils90 minutes image
  • building and promoting positive relationships
  • the importance of understanding the individual pupil and to build upon his/her strengths
  • supporting pupil access to teaching and learning

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GOOD AUTISM PRACTICE

A solid understanding of autism combined with practical strategies and resources for all practitioners working directly with autistic pupils in mainstream and specialist schools.

The training will support participants in:

  • understanding the key areas of developmental difference experienced by autistic pupils1 day image
  • understanding the individual pupil and how to profile their strengths and developmental needs
  • understanding the importance of building positive relationships with and around the pupil
  • understanding how to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the individual pupil
  • understanding how to make the environment more accessible to autistic pupils
  • developing practical strategies and techniques in promoting effective teaching and learning

With optional certification.

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EXTENDING AND ENHANCING GOOD AUTISM PRACTICE

Building on good autism practice to support a deeper understanding of autism and to extend skills in promoting positive pupil experience, progress and outcomes.

The training will support participants in:

  • exploring the principal cognitive theories of autism and their implications for teaching and learninghalf a day image
  • extending knowledge, skills and strategies in supporting effective teaching and learning
  • reflecting on their practice and sharing good practice across their setting

Those working with pupils with complex needs should undertake the ‘complex needs and participation’ module.

INTRODUCTION TO THE AET PROGRESSION FRAMEWORK

An overview of the AET progression framework and how to gain maximum benefit from its use. For practitioners working with children and young people of all ages in mainstream and specialist settings.

The training will support participants in:

  • understanding how the framework relates to the broader educational context
  • becoming familiar with the framework’s content and key features
  • developing skills in identifying learning goals and measuring pupil progresshalf a day image

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COMPLEX NEEDS AND PARTICIPATIONcomplex needs image

A module for practitioners working in specialist settings or working with pupils with more complex needs and/or co-occurring conditions. It provides a deeper understanding of autism to support enhanced participation and to inform individual education and education, health and care plans.

The training will support participants in:

  • extending their understanding of autism in its more complex presentations1 day image
  • understanding the relationship between autism and co-occurring conditions
  • developing practical strategies for supporting pupil participation, teaching and learning
  • reflecting on their practice and sharing good practice across their setting
  • hearing the voice of the pupil
  • developing more effective individual education and education, health and care plans

This module covers similar content to the ‘extending and enhancing good practice’ module but with a particular focus on specialist settings.

LEADING GOOD AUTISM PRACTICEfor managers image

For those in roles of leadership, who train others and who are able to influence whole school development in responding effectively to the needs of autistic pupils.

Framed in the AET school autism standards, the training provides practical support and resources in support of whole school improvement.

The training will support participants in:

  • developing a full understanding of good autism practice1 day image
  • evaluating and developing autism practice within their setting
  • auditing staff knowledge and skills and identifying professional development needs
  • understanding how the pursuit of good autism practice can support wider regulatory and good practice compliance

With optional certification

ONLINE RESOURCES
ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRAINING

Schools autism standards

Good practice standards from the AET to enable schools to evaluate their practice in addressing the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum.

Schools autism competency framework

A competency framework for people working with autistic pupils in schools.

Autism progression framework

The AET autism progression framework is a comprehensive interactive assessment tool for pupils on the autism spectrum.

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“We decided to do AET training to make us a more inclusive school for all children. After the training, staff made efforts to incorporate what they had learned into their practice. It was really powerful and we’re making reasonable adjustments in the classroom that help all children, not just children diagnosed with autism.
AET’s resources support our Ofsted compliance as they help us to show how our practice has developed in the school to support our children with autism.”

Ian Lowe, Deputy CEO of Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust and former Head teacher of Topcliffe School

“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 per cent 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.”

Pamela Simpson, Assistant Team Manager, Communication and Autism Team,
Birmingham County Council

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