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AET training licence - AET early years training hubs 2016/17

AET Training Licence – Early Years training hub for North East England
Closing date for applications March 22nd 2017. Shortlisted organisations will be interviewed on Tuesday 28th March 2017 in London.

The AET has just been awarded a new 1 year contract from 2017/18 which is currently in contract negotiation.  This contract will not be awarded until those negotiations are complete.  

This document sets down the brief for an AET Early Years training hub in the North East of England and outlines the terms of a license to deliver the training for 2017/18

To act as a training hub to deliver the AET 3-tier programme of training programme for Early Years staff in the North East of England.

What is the Autism Education Trust?

The Autism Education Trust (AET) was founded in 2007 by Ambitious about Autism (AaA- formally TreeHouse), The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and The National Autistic Society (NAS) supported by the Department for Education (DfE).

AET draws together leading academics, experienced practitioners, trainers, independent consultants, people with autism and parents to develop autism training materials and supporting resources to improve autism support across the three tiers of the education system - Early Years (EY) for under five year olds, Schools for 5 – 16 year olds and Post 16 settings.

Training resources are delivered to teaching professionals through a range of partnership organisations (hubs) which include major voluntary sector organisations, a large number of Local Authorities as well as teaching schools, universities and private sector companies. Regional AET networks are in place to provide ongoing support. The diagram on page three gives a clearer overview of the AET structure.

Since its inception the AET has trained over 123,606 education practitioners from mainstream and special schools to better support children and young people with autism. It is hosted on behalf of the partnership by the NAS.

The DfE has invested in the AET since 2007 to develop and deliver programmes, resources, and share good practice for education professionals working with autistic children and young people.

The Mission of the AET is to improve the education of young people with autism.

The AET achieves its mission through:

• the identification and promotion of high standards in autism education practice
• the identification and promotion of effective practitioner competency in support of those standards
• providing a platform for training in effective practice in support of improved competency
• disseminating information regarding evidence-based and good practice approaches/services to policy makers,  commissioners and practitioners
• providing  an interface between users, practitioners and policy makers in respect of service development
• ensuring that full and proper engagement of stakeholders informs its work and facilitating the engagement of stakeholders with government

The AET programme is unique in that it:

• Has trained 123,606 education practitioners since 2011
• Is locally delivered through training hubs
• Comprises local support networks for education practitioners
• Is developing and improving resources by capturing experience from delivery
• Is a partnership between world class research, practitioners and trainers
• Is developed by, includes the voice of, and is delivered by hubs including people with autism
• Is very highly regarded nationally and internationally

The AET DfE programmes from 2011-17

The DfE has invested in the AET since 2007 to develop and deliver programmes, resources, and sharing good practice for professionals working with autistic children and young people.

From 2011, activities focused on developing support to staff in schools. The 2011-13 programme delivered three tiers of face to face training.

  • Tier 1 was developed as whole school autism awareness;
  • Tier 2 for individual staff working directly with an autistic pupil focusing on staff development using the AET competency Framework;
  • Tier 3 for SENCOs and school leaders to bring about systemic change using the AET Standards for school self-evaluation.

The training is delivered for the AET through training hubs in each of the 9 regions of England.  Subsequent contracts extended coverage to help practitioners meet the requirements of the Children and Families Act (2014) by developing parallel versions of the training, standards and competencies written specifically for staff in Early Years and Post 16 settings delivered by new EY and Post 16 hubs.

In 2015-16, the Schools programme was revised and 3 new modules added to meet the needs of young people with complex needs, provide extended and enhanced training, and develop a mechanism for tracking non-academic progress of pupils. The AET now has 28 English hubs delivering training under a franchise model, all of which now have sub-franchisees within their region to aid penetration of the AET programme.

AET early years map 

The early years programme

The early years training materials were developed from the existing schools training materials by a team of early years/autism specialists and practitioners. the team also included people with autism and parents of children with autism. the team also produced an early years AET version of the standards and competency framework.

The training materials keep the structure of the schools materials but have major adaptations for the early years sector. There are three tiers of training offered:

1. Making sense of autism (1 ½ hrs)
For raising awareness of staff in all early years settings, whether or not they work directly with children with autism.

2. Good autism practice (2 days)
For all staff who work regularly with children with autism.

3. Leading good autism practice (1 day)
For all staff who need further knowledge on autism and/or who may train or lead other staff in their setting

This contract is to become the AET early years hub for the North-East region.

Training and induction and support of the new hubs

The new hubs induction will receive an induction to the AET programme comprising:

• A complete set of training materials with written guidance on their use
• A workshop on the delivery of the materials provided by AET
• Attendance at least one tier 1, 2 and 3 course run by an existing AET early years training hub

Additionally, there will be contract management meetings, an annual programme partners meeting in February and annual partners conference in September where the early years hub can feedback on their experiences of the training and network with other hubs and colleagues involved in different aspects of the AET programme. The NE AET hub will also form a part of the AET NE regional network.

What are the key deliverables?

There will be 4 key deliverables:

1. To be the exclusive AET Early Years training programme deliverer in either the NW or the East region.

2. To deliver training to the following minimum numbers of early years setting staff by March 2018:

a. 200 staff to receive Tier 1 training
b. 30 staff to receive Tier 2 training
c. 10 staff to receive Tier 3 training

3. To maintain the current quality of delivery as indicated by feedback proformas gathered from all participants and quality assurance observations by AET commissioned staff.

4. To contribute to the refinement and development of AET materials including feeding back improvement suggestions on the materials during the course of the programme

The training will be subject to an evaluation and quality assurance process developed and coordinated by the AET.

What key skills / capabilities are important to us?

• Extensive experience in working with people across the spectrum, whether they have High Functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome or have classical autism with or without other learning difficulties.

• Extensive experience of working in or with early years settings. Members of the team with an early years qualification would be advantageous.

• A track record of delivering high quality training with independent evaluation of its effectiveness.

• Evidence of access to extensive networks of early years settings so that the new training hub will be able to “hit the ground running” at the commencement of the contract in April 2016.

• A willingness to be trained in the delivery of the AET materials and to supplement these with local materials where appropriate.

• Applicants should state where their employees include individuals with autism and how their skills will be used in this work.

When do we need it?

The delivery timetable is set out below:

 Activity By When
Training hub appointed May 2017
Training and induction of new hub personnel June 2017
Delivery of tier 1,2 and 3 training  to target numbers March 2018

Online terms of the license

The full year’s cost for a licence to deliver the AET early years training programme is  £3,000 pro-rata depending on commencement of the contract. This includes Induction, trainers materials and support and marketing from the AET.

Charges to delegates

Licenced hubs are currently free to set the price of their training and keep all of the income made through delivery of training. However, most hubs adhere to the current pricing structure advised by the AET.  This is:

Recommended charge to
individual delegates

Charge per delegate
(Based on a day rate of £120 per
trainer per day with a single trainer)

Tier 1 Understanding Autism

Up to £30
Tier 2 Good Autism Practice
£ 240
Tier 3 Leading Good Autism Practice
£ 120

If providing in house training, rates are suggested at £650 per day per trainer. It is recommended that no more than 30 delegates per trainer for a tier 2 or 3 session.

Licenced hubs keep all of the income made through delivery of training.

Further information

Organisations who are interested in competing for this work should submit the proforma available to download here by Wed 22nd March 2017. Those shortlisted will be interviewed on Tuesday 28th March 2017 in London (unfortunately we can’t pay interview expenses). 

For an overview of the AET please see the AET website at
For individual queries please email our Administrator, Joanne Driver at . We will either respond to your query by email or arrange a phone call if necessary.

Relevant links

The AET early years autism standards

The AET early years autism competency framework

The AET programme