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Training Materials Development

AET Project brief - Training Materials Development - NOW CLOSED 

The Autism Education Trust believes that all children and young people with autism* should receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens (and that individuals, families and professionals are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved).
*The term autism refers to all those on the autistic spectrum including Asperger syndrome

The purpose of the AET is to further raise awareness of the importance of autism education across the children’s workforce, to bring organisations involved in delivering autism education services together in order to promote effective practice and share information and to involve children and young people with autism and their families and carers in the planning and delivery of information and resources to enhance and improve autism education across the country.

To develop training materials in autism for use in delivering training to primary and secondary schools in England.

Audiences and methodology
There will be three levels of training which will be aimed towards professionals with specific training needs:

Level 1 (Universal, whole school training): This training will cover autism awareness and training across a wider range of SEN, including content from the Dyslexia SPLD and Communication Trusts.

Level 2 (Supportive, for staff working regularly with children with autism): This level of training will enable the development of high-level, local expertise through the delivery of more detailed, specialist training. Children with autism present with a diverse profile and need specific, individually tailored education to enable them to achieve the high expectations we have for them to participate in society both socially and economically. This in turn needs staff to be both flexible and very well trained.

Level 3 (Specialist, aimed at for example  SENCOs): This will be a specialised qualification. Holders will be able to train as a trainer for Levels 1 and 2, thereby extending the reach of the programme beyond the initial 200 schools and enhancing its sustainability.

What should be included in the brief?
This piece of work is to develop the training materials which will be delivered by the hub schools/services that have been contracted under a separate tender process. The tender covers the following aspects of the development of training materials:

1. Write a delivery methodology taking into account the AET hub model
2. Develop entry level criteria for each training level
3. Design the training courses
4. Develop a pricing structure for Level 2 and 3 training
5. Suggest the most effective training methods for each level of training – this will depend on the audience and should vary
6. Develop different materials and approaches to the training which are relevant to specific developmental stages and ages

Key information:
The delivery of AET training by hub schools or services is dependent on the timely delivery of training materials.

It also feeds into and draws from the parallel development by the AET of a set of standards for the education of young people with autism and the AET competency framework for professionals working with young people with autism (see document references below). These two elements of the AET programme are the subject of separate tenders. The way these three elements relate is set out in the diagram below.

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AET Schema of Work

The materials developed must also align with the principles identified in the AET Good practice and Outcomes research and emphasise the importance of the voices of the young person with autism and their parents or carers.

It is therefore expected that the bidder chosen will work very closely with other contractors commissioned to deliver those work streams.

What are the key deliverables, milestones and impacts of the AET programme? 

1. Recruit and train up to 10 Hub schools or services and training leads
2. Develop a sustainable training programme and deliver successful training
   a. 5,000 staff to receive Level 1 training by March 2013.
   b. 600 staff to receive Level 2 training by March 2013.
   c. 200 staff to receive Level 3 training by March 2013.

What key skills / capabilities are important to us?  

• Ability to undertake high quality work to provide support and materials to staff in a wide range of educational settings
• Track record in working for and with people across the autism spectrum, whether they have High Functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome or have classical autism with or without other learning difficulties. (Although this can  be provided by a partner organisation to the bidder)
• Ability to understand the wider policy framework including the current broader context for education CPD
• Bidders should state where their team includes people with autism and how their skills will be used in this work.

The timetable for development
A broad timetable is set out below:

Training materials development tender timetable image

The overall maximum budget for this piece of work is £79k including VAT over 2 years. Contractors would be allowed some flexibility but it is envisaged that the breakdown of the work would be approximately as follows:
Level 1 materials: £15,000
Level 2 materials: £27,500
Level 3 materials: £36,500
This breakdown reflects the fact that level 1 materials will largely provide a framework for drawing on existing materials and will not include a large amount of new material development.

Organisations who are interested in competing for this work should complete the brief tender proforma which is supplied with this document which details how they would address this remit and what particular skills and expertise they bring. This document will be assessed by a panel delegated by the AET Programme Board who will select the successful bidder.

For an overview of the AET, please see the AET Presentation.

Relevant Documents
1. Training materials development tender document and assessment criteria proforma - Interactive PDF or Word document. If you would like a different version please e-mail us for assistance.
2. AET Presentation
3. AET Good Practice report
4. AET Outcomes report
5. AET Project Brief: National Standards
6. AET Project Brief: Competency Framework