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Update on AET training programme

The training programme goes from strength to strength and we have set the target that more than 12,000 people working across schools, early years and post-16 settings will receive AET training this year.

The roll out of the training programme has been done via our network of regional hubs and, with the exception of the early years phase in the north east, all regions and phases are now covered. The regional hubs are offering an ongoing range of open access training courses that individuals can book on to, as well as offering group training for individual settings.

This year we aim to strengthen our regional networks. There will be a drive to encourage more early years providers to sign up to the training by working with the regional hubs to put on a series of promotional events for EY providers.
In the Post-16 training, we recently launched a brand new module on helping students transition from school to college, which is being offered via the AET hubs network. We are also supporting Ambitious about Autism ‘Succeeding at College’ programme and we have developed a guide to the use of the AET post 16 programme by local authorities.

The AET national standards have become an established means for professionals to evaluate their practice in autism education. We now want to secure engagement with Ofsted at a strategic policy level to seek its recognition of the AET national standards as supporting compliance with wider regulatory frameworks. This would entail ensuring that AET standards and processes align with Ofsted inspection requirements, and seek Ofsted expression of understanding and support of use of AET standards in driving school improvement.

In order to maintain standards across the training programme as a whole, we are establishing leadership groups for each education phase to ensure materials and content are up to date and relevant. They will also advise on our delivery strategy to ensure best impact and oversee programme quality. The group members include wide representation in the relevant sector and the first leadership group meetings took place in May.