Autism Education Trust

The AET Programme is the only DfE-supported, CPD-certified professional development programme that is co-produced with autistic people, parents and education professionals.

Our London Regional Network is a collective of school based, specialist practitioners licensed to deliver the full range of Autism Education Trust [AET] programmes including Early Years, Schools and Post 16.

Alongside foremost professionals and the most innovative, active practitioners, the AET have developed national, face-to-face modular training programmes for all professionals working in all school settings.  A structured, consistent tiered approach suitable for individual settings, federations, academy chains, multi academy trusts and local authorities.  Sponsored by the Department for Education, the AET networks have now trained over 360,000 professionals since 2011.

AET modules are scheduled throughout the year at The Bridge London. All modules can also be delivered in your setting.

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AET Modules

Making Sense of Autism

This is an awareness-raising module for all staff/practitioners working across Schools settings.

This module will help you to:

  • Enhance your understanding and awareness of autism and how it affects pupils
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual autistic pupil and their profile of strengths and needs
  • Highlight potential barriers to learning for autistic pupils
  • Begin to make reasonable adjustments

Anxiety Module

This module helps you to understand how anxiety appears in autistic pupils and young people, what the key triggers are, and what you can do to support autistic pupils.

This module will help you to:

  • Recognise how children and young people might express anxiety
  • Understand what can cause anxiety in autistic children and young people
  • Know what you can do to prevent and reduce anxiety in autistic pupils and young people

Progression Framework

This module will introduce the Progression Framework and accompanying documents and show you how to use the framework to identify key learning intentions.

This module will help you to:

  • Set suitable and personalised learning intentions for autistic pupils
  • Recognise and build on pupils strengths and interests and improve overall wellbeing
  • Appreciate that pupils progress is dependent on support in some areas and how to evidence progress

Good Autism Practice

In this module, we take delegates through some of the distinct learning needs and strengths
that autistic pupils share, whilst helping delegates to take note of individual differences.
This module will help you to:

  • Understand how the key areas of difference can affect the learning of an autistic pupil
  • Consider the strategies you can implement to remove barriers to wellbeing and learning
  • Understand the importance of involving the pupil and family in planning

Exclusion Module

This module will provide you with information around some of the causes of exclusion in autistic pupils and young people and how staff and practitioners can address distressed behaviours early on to prevent exclusion occurring.

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the legal context of autism and exclusion
  • Understand how exclusion can significantly negatively impact on autistic pupils and young
    people’s educational experiences and outcomes
  • Better understand the triggers and ways of managing distressed behaviours

Suite of Resources for Leaders

The modules and materials that make up the suite will support leaders or leadership teams to create culture change across their provision and to fully embed the 8 principles of good autism practice as outlined in the Good Autism Practice Report.

The modules will help leaders to:

  • Understand how the 8 Principles of GAP and the 8 Inclusion Promises emerged and why these are so important
  • Explore case studies that show how settings have illustrated the 8 principles through adapting practice
  • Develop a culture where autistic pupils feel listened to, supported and included.
  • Develop the skills, tools and confidence to lead change in their setting

Overview of AET Programmes

Early Years, Schools, Post 16