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Research and evidence-based, the award-winning AET programme was developed by autism education specialists, autistic people, parents of autistic children and education professionals and is continuously being updated.
The training materials are rich and interactive, contain exclusive videos, case studies, practical strategies and tools. Delegates value the high quality printed materials.
Over 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and the number of children receiving an autism diagnosis is rising.
Appropriate SEND provision is becoming increasingly important for regulators, like Ofsted.
The AET Programme’s 360° approach helps education settings improve their autism provision on every level, from leadership strategy to staff knowledge and learning environment.
The training materials and resources have been created by leading autism specialists, such as the University of Birmingham, Ambitious about Autism and the AET Young Persons Panel, based on the latest research.
Delegates greatly appreciate that the AET course’s deep knowledge base is complemented by the community knowledge and understanding of the local trainers who deliver them and can enrich the materials with their own narrative.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we make the cost of our licences as accessible as possible whilst maintaining the highest level of quality.
As a social franchise, we ensure that only organisations with a deep commitment to high quality autism education can belong to our Partner Community.
The programme is nationally recognised and endorsed by the Department for Education, the National Autistic Society and Ambitious About Autism.
The AET Programme is respectful, person-centred and strength-oriented. It is built on the principle that autism is a difference, not a deficit.
The development of materials and resources is overseen by the AET Young Persons Panel, a group of autistic young people who influence and advise our organisation and a board of governors featuring prominent autism specialists and advocates.
Our Partner Community includes many highly regarded organisations with established expertise in the field of autism education.
All our partners have access to networking opportunities and receive continuous support from regional partners and from the AET.
We share information and best practice and provide personalised marketing support.
Dr Carla Stavrou,
Senior Educational Psychologist for Autism & SLCN, Huntingdon
SEND Service 0-25, Huntingdon and St Ives District Team
Cambridgeshire County Council
Lead Advisory teacher Autism & Communication
Somerset & North Somerset
“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
“As a National Teaching School that operates beyond our alliance boundary, we recognised the tremendous potential and seized the opportunity of becoming an AET partner.
The AET frameworks and standards alongside the meticulous training programmes have added real value to our work in supporting schools. To be a partner in delivering and developing a licenced, quality assured, national programme developed by specialists in the field of autism education gives our trainers and all of our stakeholders pride and confidence in the integrity, structure and effectiveness of the support and advice we provide.”
Gary Morrissey, Teaching School Director at The Bridge London