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New AET contract secured

We are delighted to have secured a new contract with the Department for Education for 2017/18, which includes the option of a one or two year extension.

The AET national training programme is now well established and through it we have delivered training to over 140,000 people in the past five years. Our focus in the year ahead will be to continue to improve and add to the programme, while also looking at new areas including an autism education pilot for social workers [add link to story] and developing guidance on exam accommodation for pupils with autism [add link to story]. We are currently in the process of appointing partners to work with us on these opportunities. There is also a need to look at ensuring the AET materials and resources reflect the particular needs of girls and young women with autism.

The DfE continues to be a crucial partner in providing strategic direction and funding to the AET and we hope will continue to be so, but we are also developing ways in which the AET can become less dependent on that funding and more self-sustaining. To that end, this is first year that all partner hubs have had to pay a licence fee and we are continuing to explore with partners how the programme might be sustained in the event of government funding reducing or ceasing.

We also have plans to develop a new AET website over the next year to ensure that all of the resources associated with the training programme are accessible to professionals and families. There is a lot going on so but we are always keen to hear any feedback. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch via: info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk