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Website content review

The Autism Education Trust has been awarded a contract by the Department for Education to continue its well-established work in building capacity across the education system for children and young people with autism.

The AET has a website with content which has been in place for an appreciable time and is now in need of professional review.  This brief describes the process by which this will happen.

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Purpose

Review the content within the Good Practice section of the AET website for relevance and as a scoping exercise to determine what materials need to be updated, replaced or removed.

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Background

The Autism Education Trust
The Autism Education Trust (AET) was founded in 2007 by Ambitious about Autism, The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and The National Autistic Society (NAS) and has received consistent support from government since that time.

The vision of the AET is that all children and young people with autism should receive an education which enables them to engage in society as active citizens and that their families and the professionals who work with them are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved.

In order to achieve this, the AET has a mission to build capacity in the education system for children and 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 is in a unique position to carry out these activities because of:
   •    Its independence
   •    The partnership it supports between voluntary bodies and voluntary bodies and the maintained sector
   •    The active role of people with autism in the work and governance of the AET.
   •    Its national brief
   •    Its focus on practical activity in education contexts

A core element of the AET offer is its professional development (training) programme delivered through its regional delivery partners. This training centres around three ‘tiers’: ‘Making Sense of Autism’, ‘Good Autism Practice’ and ‘Leading Good Autism Practice’ within each of the three education phases – ‘Early Years’, ‘School’ and ‘Post 16’. It is complemented by other training modules.

As a consequence of previous DfE funding, the materials developed to support this training are recognised as being of a very high quality and the programme’s delivery through its regional delivery partners has proven to be successful in securing excellent reach and impact. The outputs of this project should be of the same standard.

Within the context of the Children and Families Act 2014, and the Equalities Act, Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments for children with disabilities. A range of adjustments are currently available for use by schools and exams officers, but their existence and application is not well known or used consistently.

Significant proportions of the AET work is now available / delivered through the AET website.  The current website is in the process of redevelopment and existing material is due for review prior to that occurring. Much of the intellectual property of the AET (Training materials, The Den and the Kidzone) are being reviewed by other AET stakeholders, but the Good Practice Area of the Website contains a substantial volume of material in need of review.

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Key deliverables.

There will be 5 key deliverables:

   1.    Review the Good Practice Area of the AET website (http://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/good-practice.aspx )
   2.    Conduct a risk review of each piece of content and rate from 1-3, (where 1 – Low risk, 2 – medium risk and 3 - high risk)
   3.    Make a recommendation for each item (Keep – info current, keep & update or remove)
   4.    Produce a report detailing the outcome of the review.

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Key skills and capabilities.

   •    Good understanding of the regulatory and delivery frameworks within SEND
   •    Familiarity with the AET, it’s training and approach.
   •    Good understanding of the issues faced by children with autism
   •    Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders including AET Young Person’s Panel if required
   •    Good facilitation and organisational skills
   •    Good analytical and report writing skills

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Timescales

The delivery timetable is set out below:

 Activity  By when
 Provider appointed  End July 2017
 Review materials
 1st Sept 2017
 Deliver report with recommendations
 31st Sept 2018

 

 

 

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Budget  

The maximum funding for this contract is £3,000 inclusive of any VAT. This is to include all travel and expenses, room hire and engagement of other parties (see below).

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Further information

Organisations or individuals who are interested in competing for this work should submit the proforma available with this brief by  Friday 7th July 2017.   Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

For an overview of the AET please see the AET website at www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk
For individual queries please email our Administrator, Debbie Fraser at debbie@autismeducationtrust.org.uk . We will either respond to your query by email or arrange a phone call if necessary.

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Relevant links

The AET Good autism practice area

Proforma