Autism Education

Meet wider responsibilities for OFSTED compliance and SEND Code of Practise. Flexible module programmes for different audiences which can be delivered in instalments. Practical resources to support your everyday work supporting young people, as well as good practise autism standards and frameworks. Quality resources and programmes developed by autism education specialists, regularly updated to reflect […]

Autism Education Trust Post-16

Project Initiative hold the Post-16 license to deliver modular autism training programmes for practitioners and those working in Post-16 settings. We offer face to face and virtual training programmes, as well as resources, for practitioners working in post-16 settings, including colleges, school sixth forms and universities

1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, with the number of children and young people receiving a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), on the rise. www.bma.org.uk.

The Post-16 autism education programmes play a pivotal role in helping your setting to support young people with autism, meet your wider responsibilities and will form an essential part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Our approach offers an evidence-based support programme which is developed by leading autism education specialists, including researchers, people with ASD, parents of young people with ASD or on the autism spectrum, trainers and practitioners consisting of:

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  • A modular, face to face or virtual 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

What are the benefits of the AET programme?

  • Meet wider responsibilities for OFSTED compliance and SEND Code of Practise.
  • Flexible module programmes for different audiences which can be delivered in instalments.
  • Practical resources to support your everyday work supporting young people, as well as good practise autism standards and frameworks.
  • Quality resources and programmes developed by autism education specialists, regularly updated to reflect current policy and research, with rich and interactive materials.

Which of the programmes is suitable for our staff within our setting?

1. Making Sense of Autism – Raising Awareness

This 90-minute session will give a basic awareness overview for all those engaging with young people in post 16 settings. This includes teaching and support staff, office and ancillary staff, governors, employers, and careers advisers. This session will support participants in: Understanding the four key areas of developmental difference experienced by young people with autism. Building and promoting positive relationships. The importance of understanding the individual and to build upon their strengths. Supporting young people in accessing teaching and learning.

2. Making Sense of Autism – For Practitioners

This 1 day or 4 X 90-minute session will give a solid understanding of autism combined with practical strategies and resources for all practitioners working directly with young people with autism in post 16 settings.

Participants will receive our Tools for Teachers Toolkit which includes practical resources designed to support individuals to work effectively with students on the autism spectrum. The Toolkit identifies a range of practical tools and resources designed to support classroom success.

The training will support participants in:

  • Understanding how to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the individual, and how to make the environment more accessible to young people with autism.
    Understanding the key areas of developmental difference experienced by young people with autism.
  • Understanding the individual and how to profile their strengths and developmental needs.
    Understanding the importance of building positive relationships with and around the young person.
  • Developing practical strategies and techniques in promoting effective teaching and learning.

3. Making Sense of Autism – For Managers

This 1 day or 4 X 90-minute session will give those in leadership roles, who train others and who are able to influence whole setting development in responding effectively to the needs of young people with autism. This module provides practical support and resources in support of the whole setting improvement.

Participants will receive our Tools for Teachers Toolkit which includes practical resources designed to support individuals to work effectively with students on the autism spectrum. The Toolkit identifies a range of practical tools and resources designed to support classroom success.

The training will support participants in:

  • Developing a full understanding of good autism practice, evaluating, and developing autism practice within their setting.
  • Auditing staff knowledge, skills as well as identifying professional development needs.
  • Understanding how the pursuit of or good autism practice can support wider regulatory, good practice and compliance.

4. Transition from School to College

This half-day or 2 X 90-minute session is designed to provide effective transition planning for young people on the autism spectrum. The training will support participants in:

    • Providing you with approaches and strategies to support transition.
    • Enhancing your understanding about how to build partnerships with key stakeholders in the transition process. These include young people, their families and other service providers.
    • Enabling you to improve outcomes for young people with autism.
    • People, both as they move from school into college and from college into adult life.

If you require more information regarding the Autism Education Trust Programmes, or would like to speak to a member of staff regarding which course is right for your organisation then please fill in the below.