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Autism Education Trust (AET)

Telford and Wrekin Local Authority is an Autism Education Trust (AET) Hub

Telford and Wrekin Council is an AET hub.  This means we have a licence with the AET to deliver their Schools and Early Years Programmes.  The AET is a national partnership between the voluntary sector, schools, colleges, universities and local authorities; it is supported by the Department for Education. The AET aims to help children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential by providing high quality CPD and resources for professionals working in education settings.

Research indicates that autism affects around 1 in 100 children and adults.  All professionals working in education settings should be prepared to support pupils on the autism spectrum – and all staff need a basic awareness of autism and the needs of individual pupils.

The AET offers free online resources which can be used at a strategic level to help audit and improve standards of provision and to  review staff competence in schools and settings in relation to autism.  We have a team of trainers who will be able to support schools and early years settings to make effective use of these resources. In addition we are rolling out the AET modular training programme for schools and early years settings.

Level 1: Making Sense of Autism (1 hour 30 minutes)

Early Years Programme          Schools Programme

Basic awareness training for all staff within early year/school settings, mainstream and special services.  This includes teachers, teaching assistants, transport staff, lunchtime staff, senior management, governors and administrators.  Our aim is for all schools and early years settings to receive this level of training

Level 2: Good Autism Practice (1 day)

Early Years Programme          Schools Programme

Practical knowledge, hand-on tools and techniques for all practitioners working directly with pupils on the autism spectrum, in both mainstream and special early years/school settings to develop their practice

Extending Good Autism Practice (half day)

Early Years Programme        Schools Programme

Deepening delegates’ understanding, including theories of autism through ‘good autism practice’.  Advancing skills in developing and applying strategies to facilitate progress and achievement, for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCos working with pupils on the autism spectrum in mainstream early years/school settings.

Leading Good Autism Practice (1 day)

Early Years Programme        Schools Programme

For staff who may train or lead other staff in their setting taking a leadership role that includes responsibility for developing provision for early years/school-age pupils on the autism within a mainstream and specialist setting.
The AET has an accessible website with lots of information for education professionals and parents to access, why not take a look via the link below

Autism Education Trust website