Making sense of autism 

This one and a half hour session is designed for staff teams within a setting who need to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. This includes teachers, teaching assistants, transport staff, lunchtime staff, senior management, governors and service staff such as administrators.
It will support participants to:

  • Identify the four key areas of difference that need to be taken into account.
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual pupil and their profile of strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify the key areas to help pupils on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, families and people in their community.
  • Develop an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that pupils may experience.

This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and specialist services.There is no maximum number of attendees, so we are able to deliver this basic awareness training to all your staff in one single session.

Good Autism Practice

This one day training event has been designed to support all practitioners working directly with pupils on the autism spectrum to develop their practice.

The training will:

  • Enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and understanding of good autism practice
  • Provide guidelines and activities to support practitioners to reflect on and improve their own practice

This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and specialist services.

The maximum number we can deliver this course to at any one time is 25 attendees. 

 

Extending good autism practice

This half day session is designed to build on the learning developed through ‘good autism practice’ by enabling delegates to deepen their understanding of autism and the implications for practice.

The training will:

  • Enable practitioners to explore theories of autism and consider the implications for practice.
  • Provide practical strategies to support practitioners as they develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of effective autism practice.
  • Enable practitioners to reflect on their practice and share their enhanced knowledge more widely across their organisation.

This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in mainstream services. Practitioners in specialist settings who work with pupils with complex needs should undertake the one day complex needs module.

The maximum number we can deliver this course to at any one time is 25 attendees. 

 

Leading good autism practice 

This one day session is designed for staff who have a leadership role that includes responsibility for developing provision for pupils on the autism spectrum within a school setting.

The training will:

  • Enhance delegate’s knowledge and understanding of good autism practice
  • Help delegates to question, evaluate and develop autism practice within their setting
  • Provide delegates with the tools to audit staff skills and identify training needs
  • Develop skills and knowledge so that delegates can support their organisation to meet/exceed the requirements of external reviewers such as Ofsted and be compliant with legislative requirements. 

This session will bring lead practitioners from a range of organisations together to discuss, share and develop practice and understanding. It is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and specialist services.

The maximum number we can deliver this course to at any one time is 25 attendees.

Complex needs and participation

This one day session focuses on training for staff in specialist settings who support pupils on the autism spectrum who have complex needs. It aims to deepen participants’ understanding of autism and ways in which they can support pupil participation, including development of their personal and EHC Plans.

The training will:

  • Enable practitioners to extend their understanding of autism in relation to pupils with complex needs
  • Provide practical strategies to support practitioners as they develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of effective autism practice
  • Enable practitioners to reflect on and evaluate their own practice in relation to EHC planning for pupils with complex needs.

This session covers similar ground to the ‘extending and enhancing good autism practice’ module but is more focused on practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum with complex needs in specialist settings.

The maximum number we can deliver this course to at any one time is 25 attendees.

 

Progression framework

This half-day training provides an overview of the autism progression framework which is available free from the AET website.
 
Participants will develop:

  • Understanding of how the progression framework relates to the broader educational context
  • Familiarity with the content and key features of the progression framework
  • Skills in identifying learning goals and measuring progress for pupils on the autism spectrum in areas specific to their individual needs

This half-day session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and specialist services. It could also be delivered as an extended twilight session.

The maximum number we can deliver this course to at any one time is 25 attendees.