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Q. How does the AET help?


  • The AET website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism.
  • The AET manages online resources for children and young people: the Kids Zone provides younger children with information, advice and games and The Den is an interactive area for teenagers on the spectrum featuring personal experience films, ask the expert films, games and quizzes.
  • From April 2011- March 2013 the AET is funded by DfE to:
  • Develop a set of national standards that describe the key factors common to current good practice for children and young people with autism irrespective of specific intervention / methodology
  • Develop a Competency Framework and nationally recognised set of qualifications for people working with children and young people from 5-16 on the autism spectrum
  • Facilitate the delivery a 3-tier programme of training against the National Autism Education Standards to schools across England Delivering training through a series of training hubs
  • Develop training materials in autism to be delivered by hubs
  • Evaluate the impact of the AET's funded programme.

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Q. How will the Autism Education Trust achieve its aims?


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.

Autism affects around one in 100 people. People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events, which they struggle to understand. In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for them.

Education is one of the most important issues facing children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families.

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Q. How is the AET funded?


  • The AET has been funded by the Department for Education.

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Q. How is the AET structured?


The AET is governed by a Programme Board made up of professionals, parents and people on the autism spectrum. Its work is informed by a voluntary Expert Reference Group and Youth Council (young people on the autism spectrum and their siblings).

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The Role of the NAS as Host:
The NAS is responsible for providing Line management to the Director of the AET. The NAS is the contractual employer of all AET staff. In this role the NAS undertake to provide accommodation and support services to the AET and will charge the AET a reasonable amount for these services as agreed by the Programme Board through the budgeting process. The NAS holds IPR on behalf of the AET. In addition the NAS will act as the contract holder with the Department for Education and will manage the contract accordingly.

Q. Who are the AET partners?


ambitious about autism logo   Ambitious about Autism

autism alliance UK logo

  Autism Alliance

birmingham city council logo

  Birmingham City Coucil

Blackpool Council Logo

  Blackpool Council

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  The Bridge

Council for disabled children logo

  Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

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Leicestershire county council logo

  Leicestershire County Council

Department for education logo

  Department for Education (DFE)

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  The National Autistic Society

NCB logo

  National Children's Bureau

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  NORSACA and Nottinghamshire County Council

Oldham city council logo

  Oldham LA

Talk about autism logo

  Talk about Autism

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  University of Birmingham (ACER)

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