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New AET contract secured  27/06/17

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.

Update on AET training programme  26/06/17

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.

CAT are in the GAP Journal  25/06/17

A paper on using the AET programme and materials has been published in the Good Autism Practice Journal. Authored by Pam Simpson and the Communication and Autism Team in Birmingham

Guidance on exam accommodation for pupils with autism  25/06/17

We have been tasked with developing guidance for education providers, teachers, exams officers and examination bodies on how pupils with autism should be accommodated during exams. We will work with an appointed consultant to develop specific guidance that might include the use of an enhanced pupil profile that details the exam accommodations the pupil needs.

Pilot training for social workers  25/06/17

A need has been identified for more autism education for social workers, especially those working with children and young people. We are now looking at the feasibility of developing a version of the AET training programme specifically for the children’s social work community.

AET Overseas  24/06/17

Our three-year ‘transforming autism education’ project with Italy and Greece, funded by the European Commission through their Erasmus Plus programme, comes to a close in the autumn. It has been an excellent mutual learning experience.

Books Beyond Words  24/06/17

Beyond Words is a provider of books, services and training for people who find pictures easier to understand than words.

Cyberbullying Guide for Parents: The complete resource guide  24/06/17

A resource for educators, parents and family members, this guide offers important and useful information for parents, teachers, and family members on cyberbullying, what it is, the laws around it, and what adults can do to help prevent cyberbullying from happening.

Evaluation of AET schools progression framework  24/06/17

We have commissioned Autism Associates to carry out an evaluation of the AET schools autism progression framework in order to inform proposals for future development.

Help make autism assessments better for deaf children  24/06/17

Researchers from the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC) are looking for families to participate in an innovative piece of research that seeks to develop and improve autism assessments tools.

Report of the Review of disagreement resolution  24/06/17

One of the criticisms of the previous SEN system was that parents saw it as a battle to get their children the support they need. To find out whether the SEND Reforms have made the system less adversarial, the DfE and the Ministry of Justice commissioned a report to review procedures on resolving disagreements about identifying and supporting children and young people with SEND.

Rochford Review consultation  24/06/17

The Department for Education has asked for views on the recommendations made by the Rochford Review – an independent review of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2.

Supporting Parents? Discover A Different Joy  24/06/17

Our very own Sarah-Jane Critchley has launched a suite of resources for parents.

Survey on technology use in autism education  24/06/17

Maggi Laurie, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, is looking for practitioners who work in education settings with children on the autism spectrum to fill out a short survey about the technology they use at work.

New AET Director  15/11/16

The AET is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Lowndes as the new Director of the AET. Bob comes to the AET from Autism Wessex, where he was Chief Executive for 21 years.

Autism and Girls  14/11/16

Following on from the publication of the NASEN guide 'Flying Under the Radar', the National Forum on ASC in Girls, which includes the AET's Sarah-Jane Critchley and Carol Povey from the NAS, briefed members of the House of Commons and House of Lords about the issues for girls with autism on 8 November.

AET Young Advisors Panel  13/11/16

We are really excited to welcome on board the AET Young Advisors, Tom, Callum, Ollie, Naomi, Isabella, Jack and Reece.

Integrated AET post-16 and ‘Succeeding at College’ training  12/11/16

Under the Children and Families Act, schools and colleges have a legal responsibility to support young people with SEND up to the age of 25.

AET training certification available  11/11/16

If you have attended the AET training programme, you can sign up for AET certification, which will help you develop a portfolio in an Ofsted applicable format providing evidence of CPD.

Exclusions fall among pupils with autism  10/11/16

The number of pupils with autism excluded from school is falling. Analysis of national statistics for the AET has shown that not only has the number of autistic pupils excluded for a fixed period fallen, but also the proportion of pupils with autism. This analysis forms part of the project on exclusions commissioned by the AET and led by the NAS.

Updated LA Guide  09/11/16

The AET has updated its guide for local authorities on using the AET programme materials.

Every new teacher to have autism training  08/11/16

The NAS Every Teacher campaign called for specific autism training to be included in the new framework of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England.

Guidance for post-16 providers and local authorities  07/11/16

An informal guide has been published by the Association of Colleges to help post-16 providers and local authorities work together better.

NICE guideline on autism diagnosis  07/11/16

A review of the NICE guideline (CG142) on ‘ASD in adults: diagnosis and management’ was undertaken during the summer.

Rochford Review – final report  06/11/16

The Rochford Review final report has been published. It reviews statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2.

Survey on iPad apps for children with autism  05/11/16

Anyone that works in a school with children with autism is invited to take part in a survey into the use of iPad apps for children with autism.

FOCUS on SEND  04/11/16

NASEN has recently launched a free online course - Focus On SEND.

Send Review Guide  04/11/16

The SEND Review Guide, part-funded by the Department for Education and produced by teachers and school leaders, is now available to download for free.

Complex Needs module update  03/11/16

Nasen has published the latest updates to its Complex Needs training materials.

Resource packs for GPs  02/11/16

Resource packs to support GPs and their teams to make their surgeries more visibly friendly for patients with ASC have been sent to every GP practice in England.

CAT TV on YouTube  01/11/16

Birmingham Communication and Autism Team’s YouTube channel - CAT TV - offers a range of videos to provide information and guidance for schools, parents, carers and people with autism.

Romanian book on autism  01/11/16

The University of Bucharest has recently published a book entitled "Identification of Needs Among Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders" (approximate translation).

Become a Young Advisor for the AET!  01/08/16

Are you aged 16-25 and passionate about education for young people with autism? We are looking for 8 young people with autism to become Young Advisors and help improve education for all young people with autism.

Bob Lowndes - new Director of the AET announced  26/07/16

We're delighted to announce that Bob Lowndes has been appointed as Director of the Autism Education Trust.

AET film  19/07/16

We have created a film to showcase our programme of training and how the AET can help you. Watch the film here -

Schools training updated  20/04/16

One of the benefits of having trained over 90,000 people is that we get lots of opportunity to work out how to make the delegate experience even better.

AET wins contract extension for 2016/17  20/04/16

In March the Department for Education confirmed that it had extended the AET’s contract for another year, awarding it a budget of £750,000.

DfE announcement during World Autism Awareness Week  08/04/16

The Department for Education are delighted to be able to announce during World Autism Awareness Week that they are giving £750,000 to the Autism Education Trust in 2016-17 to build on their successful work in training staff in the early years, schools and colleges.

New Tools for Teachers  02/04/16

The long-awaited update to Tools for Teachers has now been released. The earlier edition of the resource was incredibly popular, but has been out of stock for some time.

NEW versions of the AET schools autism standards and competency frameworks  02/04/16

The AET schools autism standards and competency framework - have been updated to make them even more useful. Both offer schools and settings an inspection-friendly self-evaluation framework that gives copious examples of resources to use and adapt to your own needs. They also follow the same structure as all modules of AET training.

Progression framework now available FREE online  01/04/16

Five years ago when we published the AET good practice report, we identified the importance of being able to identify and measure progress in non-academic subjects for young people with autism. This led to the development of the AET schools autism progression framework and we’re pleased to announce the final product is now available.

Girls and Autism: flying under the radar  31/03/16

Girls with autism are diagnosed later, get less support and are very good at hiding their difficulties, often at immense cost to them personally.

Ambitious about Autism campaign newsletter  29/03/16

Find out about the various campaigns that Ambitious about Autism are conducting.

Autism training for police in Birmingham  23/03/16

A specialist teacher from the Communication/Autism Team Birmingham has been working with West Midlands Police on raising awareness of autism across the city.

DH publishes update on Think Autism  22/03/16

The Department for Health has published a progress report on its ‘Think Autism’ strategy for adults with autism. The update sets out what has been achieved since Think Autism was established in 2014 and provides new actions to continue to help local areas implement the autism strategy and help enable adults with autism to lead as fulfilling lives as possible.

Gloucestershire College shortlisted for TES FE Award  22/03/16

Gloucestershire College has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 TES FE Award for Support for Learners, for transforming the transition of young people with autism from school to college by improving its provision, campuses and expertise to meet individualised needs.

Grandparent volunteers needed  22/03/16

Researchers at King’s College London are looking for grandparents of those with autism spectrum conditions to take part in a new research study.

Invitation to nasen SEND exhibition  22/03/16

The annual nasen SEND exhibition, held on 29 - 30 April in Leeds, provides the opportunity for those who work with or care for children and young people with SEND to refresh and update their knowledge, learn from evidence-based practice and access fantastic resources.

Autistic teenagers needed for friendship research  21/03/16

Felicity Sedgewick, researcher at UCL and stalwart of the ASC Girls Forum, is looking for girls with an autism diagnosis, aged 11-18, in a mainstream high school to take part in research about friendship.

The Westminster Commission on Autism needs you  20/03/16

The Westminster Commission on Autism is a new group made up of parliamentarians, autistic individuals, parent advocates, health professionals, charities and service providers.

Values, Money and Me  15/03/16

Experian has developed new, online, financial education resource for primary schools as part of its corporate responsibility programme. It is written by teachers for teachers and is completely free.

nasen’s ‘Focus on SEND’  15/03/16

With funding from the DfE, nasen has developed an offer of free online CPD for all mainstream settings across England.

DfE 0-25 SEND newsletter February 2016  29/02/16

The February 2016 edition of the 0-25 SEND Newsletter, produced by the Department for Education.

Disability Matters call for evidence  03/02/16

Disability Matters is to partner with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to promote the importance of inclusion and access for all disabled children and young people aged 0 - 25 years.

Executive Headteacher of TreeHouse School  22/01/16

Ambitious about Autism are advertising for a new Executive Headteacher of TreeHouse School.

Update on European training programme  13/10/15

Work is well under way to develop autism training programmes in Greece and Italy based on the AET framework.

AET at the TES SEN Show  13/10/15

The TES Special Educational Needs Show took place last week at the Business Design Centre in London and we were pleased to welcome hundreds of visitors to our stand.

Successful Northern Launch and upcoming Birmingham event  13/10/15

The AET hosted a major launch event in Leeds on 1st October to celebrate the fact that the AET training programme is now available across the north of England.

CEDAR evaluates the Finished at School programme  11/10/15

Fewer than one in four young people with autism continue their education after school.

Get Social with the AET  10/10/15

Join our ever growing networks on social media for the latest news and views from the AET.

Nine Silver Awards for Ridgeway School  09/10/15

Nine teaching assistants at Ridgeway School in Plymouth have been awarded the AET Silver Award to recognise and celebrate their contribution in creating an autism friendly culture at the school.

Development of Progression Framework  08/10/15

As part of the AET’s development of a progression framework for children and young people, Autism Associates were commissioned to undertake a literature review and consultation to inform the development of the framework.

AET Training in Tanzania  06/10/15

Tanzania is not perhaps the most obvious place for AET’s first international venture but due to the inspirational vision of Dialla Kassam, owner of Lotus Medical Clinic (LMC) in Dar es Salaam, this became a reality in May 2015.

SPOTLIGHT: How to become an AET Training Hub  06/10/15

We are often asked how an organisation can become an AET training hub – so here is the lowdown.

Interview with Dr Wenn Lawson  05/10/15

Teacher and podcaster Adam Samuel has made a new podcast of his recent interview with Dr Wenn Lawsom.

Enter the Autism Professionals Awards  04/10/15

Do you know an individual or a team (perhaps your own!) carrying out inspiring work and making a real difference to the lives of people with autism? If so, why not enter the 2016 Autism Professionals Awards?

The Parents Guide to Living Better with Autism  04/10/15

THE AET’s own Programme Head, Sarah-Jane Critchley has published a book to support parents struggling with diagnosis and special needs issues.

AET trainees achieve certification  01/09/15

The AET has introduced official certification for delegates who have undertaken level 2 or 3 of the AET programme.

Finished at school - digital version of the guide  13/05/15

Ambitious About Autism’s Finished at School guide offers helpful advice and guidance for school and college professionals who support young people with autism to move from school to college.

A new toolkit for Local Authorities on using the AET programme  30/04/15

A new guide aimed at local authorities on using the AET training programme and materials is now available free online.

Contract awarded for progression framework and revision of materials  30/04/15

Autism Associates has been appointed to develop the progression framework and Genium has been selected to lead the revision of the schools materials for the AET training programme, forming key parts of our work for this year.

New Early Years and Post 16 hubs appointed  30/04/15

The AET training programme for early years and post 16 staff, which was launched last year, has had an incredibly positive response and has recently expanded.

Call for Information  30/04/15

As part of its programme to develop training and other related materials in order to support the education of young people with autism the AET has recently commissioned a new project whose aim is to produce a Progression Framework to track the progress of young people with autism.

Autism Education in the North – special event 1st October  29/04/15

Save the date for a major launch event in Leeds this autumn to celebrate the fact that the AET training programme is now available across the north of England.

New AET contracts for tender  29/04/15

2 new contract opportunities: 1. Evaluating the impact of the AET Programme 2. Development of training modules for school staff educating pupils with autism and complex needs including a module to enable staff to increase the participation of pupils with autism with few or no verbal skills.

International project gets underway  28/04/15

Thanks to EU funding, the AET is involved in an international project working with partners in Italy and Greece to adapt the AET training materials and frameworks for use in these countries.

Join Autism Standards Group on Network Autism  28/04/15

The AET has created a user group on Network Autism for discussion on use of the AET Standards. Network Autism is the online forum for professionals to connect, collaborate and share expertise in the field of autism education.

Evaluation of AET programme to date published  15/04/15

A report evaluating the success and impact of the AET training programme to date has been published by CEDAR, the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research at the University of Warwick.

Nigel Fulton’s retirement  14/04/15

Nigel Fulton retired from the Department for Education at the end of March.

Revised SEND guidance for Local Authorities available  08/04/15

It is now more than six months since the 2014 SEND Code of Practice came in and within it, guidance on support for young people in youth custody has been revised.

Brand new resource for the early years workforce  01/04/15

The Communication Trust has launched a new edition of its Progression Tools for those working in Early Years education, specifically for children aged 3.

Easy Read Guides to the SEND Reforms  01/04/15

Mencap has worked in partnership with the Department for Education to develop two easy read guides for parents and children and young people with learning disabilities, to help explain the changes to the special educational needs and disabilities system in England.

Report on developing emotionally resilient children  01/04/15

‘Born in South Lakeland – developing emotionally resilient children’ is an independent review of services supporting children and adolescents with mental ill health by Glenys Marriott, John Asher and Zoe Butler.

Scholarship matching platform for students  01/04/15

The new online platform helps students and PhD candidates find financial aid for their studies.

SEND Resources from Anti-Bullying Alliance  01/04/15

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has launched a range of resources to help address bullying of children and young people with SEND.

The Autism Unveiled Project  01/04/15

Autism Unveiled is an artistic project that has created an incredible archive of what it is like to be a person with autism in 2015.

NAS Teachers survey  23/12/14

The NAS is putting together a campaign for teachers and they want to know what teachers need to help them support children with autism.

Safeguarding children on the autism spectrum  23/12/14

The National Autistic Society has developed an online module focussing on the safeguarding concerns, issues, and good practice relating to protecting a child on the autism spectrum.

AET wins DfE funding extension  01/12/14

We are delighted to announce that the Department for Education has confirmed that it will extend its current contract to fund the AET for another year.

AET Embarks on international partnership  28/11/14

A partnership led by Dr. Karen Guldberg from Birmingham University’s ACER Centre has been successful in receiving EU funding.

A new toolkit for LAs and organisations using the AET training and materials  27/11/14

Birmingham City Council’s Communication and Autism Team (CAT) is currently working on a commission from the AET to produce a toolkit on using the AET training and frameworks.

Brand new AET resources for parents  21/11/14

Newly launched on the AET website is a parents’ guide section which includes brand new resources from the AET and the Department for Education.

Recent launches of AET early years and post-16 programmes a great success  04/11/14

Our early years and post 16 training programmes have been officially launched recently and have been very well received.

AET Autism Stars role of honour  02/11/14

For a number of years the AET Autism Stars Awards have recognised people within education and the wider community who are doing a good job in supporting young people with autism, whatever their job role or level of training.

NAS develops autism version of NSPCC’s PANTS rule  02/11/14

A new version of the NSPCC’s successful campaign The Underwear Rule has been launched to help parents teach children with autism about sexual abuse.

FREE booklet about safeguarding children with autism  31/10/14

A new booklet on safeguarding children with autism is now available.

Appyautism helping find the best autism apps  30/10/14

Appyautism is a new website that catalogues an extensive range of apps suitable for people on the autism spectrum.

Brain in Hand – personal technology for independent living  30/10/14

Brain in Hand is a unique technology support system that assists learning and organising, suitable for students who may have on-going or temporary difficulty in engaging in learning.

Communications Trust new SEND resources  30/10/14

In light of the 2014 SEND Code of Practice coming into effect, the Communications Trust has updated its resources and created new ones support practitioners implementing the reforms

Cyber-bullying guide for parents  30/10/14

A new cyber-bullying guide is available from Quibly, a site for parents.

Demonstrating good practice at the Arc School following AET training  30/10/14

Two teachers from the Arc School Ansley have been putting their AET training into practice.

Departmental advice on mental health and behaviour in schools  30/10/14

The Government has published guidance on mental health and behaviour in schools, giving advice on how to identify and support those pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.

Developing Key Working Guide from Council for Disabled Children  30/10/14

The 'Developing Key Working' Guide offers guidance to those involved in developing, managing and delivering key working.

Implementation of SEND reforms for Local Authorities  30/10/14

The 2014 SEND Code of Practice came into effect from 1 September and the Department for Education and the Department of Health has issued advice for local authorities on how to phase the implementation of the SEND reforms.

Mental Health and SEN e-learning course  30/10/14

Children with SEN are up to six times more likely to experience mental health problems than their peers.

Mental health website for young people  30/10/14

Minded is an online portal that provides simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development for any adult working with children, young people and families.

NSPCC seeks young people’s views on Child Protection  30/10/14

NSPCC funded research is studying the experiences and views of deaf or disabled children and young adults, who have been hurt or harmed, about the child protection system.

School Exclusion Trial findings report  30/10/14

The Department for Education’s School Exclusion Trial has found that giving schools more responsibility to arrange better pupil support cuts the number of children that are permanently excluded.

Study into parents’ experiences of autism intervention  30/10/14

Parents’ views are being sought for a study into their experiences and thoughts about approaches to autism intervention.

The Challenge seeks support workers for youth programme  30/10/14

The Challenge, the leading provider of the government's National Citizen Service (NCS), is recruiting for a range of roles to work with young people with additional needs.


Youth in Excellence are inviting young residents of the UK to submit a poem on the theme of ‘Identity’. Selected pieces will be included in our poetry anthology due to be published early next year.

The Autism Professionals Awards: deadline for entries is on 31 October - nominate now!  23/10/14

The Autism Professionals Awards have been created to recognise and reward services and professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of people with autism in the UK.

AET training inspires World Autism Day events  07/07/14

A teacher from St Mary’s Catholic School in Newcastle was so inspired by undertaking the AET Level 3 training in autism education that he organised a whole week of awareness raising events around World Autism Awareness Day at his school.

AET Gold Awards for Zara and Laura  06/07/14

Zara Costello and Laura Kleisar and have been awarded AET Gold Awards recognising their outstanding contributions toward autism education.

Ban boredom holiday activities  01/07/14

Find out about a range of different activities, trips, events and opportunities offered by different play and youth providers in North Tyneside via the Ban Boredom information service.

AET early years and post-16 - standards and competency frameworks - now piloting  30/06/14

Following from the success of the AET national autism standards for use by settings and the AET competency framework for use by individuals in schools, the AET is currently piloting the standards and competency frameworks specifically for people working in early years and post-16 settings.

Number of delegates trained by the AET exceeds 33,000  30/06/14

The AET programme, the U.K.’s largest face-to-face training programme in autism education, has now trained over 33,000 people across England since January 2012 when it launched.

Tier 2 early years and post-16 pilot sessions launching  29/06/14

he teams developing the materials for the early years and post-16 programmes have been working hard and have now added pilot versions of the two-day Tier 2 training for practitioners.

AET schools council work leads the way  18/06/14

The AET has been working with three schools this year to help young people have a stronger voice in their schools through membership of their school councils and to effect the changes that they want to see in their school environment.

New SEND framework – Code of Practice set before Parliament  17/06/14

The new SEND Code of Practice has been laid before Parliament following the passing of the new Children and Families Act (2014) earlier this year. It must be approved by Parliament before it comes into force on 1 September 2014 and it is very likely it will be accepted.

Education sector welcomes first of its kind SEND portal  04/06/14

The AET is one of the key organisations contributing its resources to the new SEND Gateway launched recently by nasen.

Young People with SEND on Cyberbullying and the Internet  04/06/14

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has published research exploring the views of children and young people with SEN and disabilities on cyberbullying and their activities online.

Ruled Out – ensuring children with autism don’t miss out on education  03/06/14

Too many children and young people with autism are missing out on their education. Launched in February 2014 by Ambitious about Autism, Ruled Out is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of this issue and to help families, schools and local authorities make sure that all children with autism access good quality, full-time education.

E-safety toolkit for educators launched  02/06/14

Childnet has launched the STAR Toolkit, a new online safety resource that offers practical advice and teaching activities to help secondary schools explore internet safety with young people with autism spectrum disorder.

Achievement Award for Bozena  01/06/14

Bozena Marczyk was named winner of ‘The Axcis Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional’ at the 2014 Autism Professionals Awards. Bozena is one of the trainers at The Bridge School in Islington delivering the AET programme.

Pilots for Early Years and Post 16 training  18/02/14

Pilot sessions for our new Early Years and Post 16 autism training courses are now well under way, forming the latest phase of the AET Training Programme funded by the Department for Education.

Parents' Guide to the AET National Autism Standards  14/02/14

If you are a parent of a child with autism, we would value your input into a new guide focusing on what parents feel is important in a school for a child with autism or Asperger syndrome.

Certification of Level 2&3 training – just £50  11/02/14

If you have already take part in the AET training and you are keen to build on your attendance in terms of professional development, you might be interested in independent verification of your autism practice.

AET commissions School Council Pilot  10/02/14

The AET has commissioned the NAS to undertake research looking at the ability of young people with autism to work with their school councils to raise the issues that are important to them.

Birmingham conference on using the AET programme  09/02/14

In response to overwhelming interest in their use of the AET training, standards and competencies to increase autism capacity at a local authority level, Birmingham City Council Communication and Autism Team are putting on a free one-day conference at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 20th March.

Inclusion through Innovation: Funding grants for primary school  07/02/14

Ambitious about Autism are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for primary schools in England to apply for a funding grant of £3,000 for the development of a creative and sustainable project to support the inclusion and achievement of children with autism.

Teachers fear for autism support  05/02/14

Teachers in England believe that access to specialist autism support is becoming more difficult according to Ambitious about Autism’s Schools Report 2013.

nasen develops the SEND Gateway  04/02/14

nasen is in the process of developing the SEND Gateway that will provide a one-stop shop for all education settings to access high quality information, resources, training and an interactive SEND forum .

AET contributes to Safeguarding Project  03/02/14

The AET is working as part of a consortium including the NAS, Ambitious about Autism and Tender on a project to improve safeguarding for children with autism in England.

Birmingham students win Silver Star Award  03/02/14

A group of eight students from Kings Norton Sixth Form in Birmingham have been awarded an AET Autism Silver Star Award for supporting one of their peers at the school.

NAS launches supported employment handbook  02/02/14

The National Autistic Society has launched a new publication Finding Work - A job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome.

NAS School Exclusion Service  02/02/14

In the academic year 2010-11, 2,480 pupils with an autism spectrum disorder received one or more fixed period exclusions from school.

New CDC resources on SEN reforms  02/02/14

The Council for Disabled Children has produced a number of resources as part of its Countdown to Change programme, getting the sector ready for implementation of the SEN and disability reforms.

Ofsted reports 10000 children not attending school  02/02/14

As many as 10,000 children are missing out on full-time education, with many of them left vulnerable to abuse or getting involved in antisocial behaviour, according to Ofsted research.

Ambitious about Autism Executive Headteacher job opportunity  13/01/14

As a result of the impending departure of the current Headteacher of TreeHouse School, they are looking to appoint an Executive Headteacher.


The AET has launched its new Early Years and Post-16 autism training programme with the appointment of hub organisations to deliver the training.

The Communication Commitment goes live  08/11/13

The Communication Commitment is an interactive website which provides a simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication.

nasen anounces their sen gateway  23/10/13

nasen is providing a one stop shop for all education settings to access high quality information, resources and training, the SEN Gateway will provide an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding of special educational needs.

A new schools report from Ambitious about Autism  23/10/13

Ambitious about Autism has brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2013 in a new report, Schools Report 2013.

AET training programme update  19/09/13

New training hubs in action, Teams for Early Years and Post 16 materials, Programme Evaluation and Parents Guide selected and Early Years and Post 16 training hubs competition now open

New AET Programme Administrator needed  18/09/13

The AET is looking for a new part-time administrator to provide support to the AET Director, Project Manager, AET Project Board and Expert Reference Group.

New Expert Reference Group appointments  18/09/13

We are delighted to have appointed new representatives to the AET Expert Reference Group.

AET Hubs support NASEN SEN learning events  17/09/13

NASEN is holding eight FREE learning events across the country during November to support consultation on the Draft SEN Code of Practice.

AET Silver Star for Karen  10/09/13

Karen Miller, Special Needs Co-ordinator at Salusbury Primary School in North London has been awarded the AET Silver Award for Good Practice in autism education.

Work with the DSA to improve the Driving Theory Test?  09/09/13

The AET has been working with the Driving Standards Agency for the last year as part of a Special Needs Advisory Group along with the Dyslexia Trust, the British Deaf Association, Mencap and representatives from the driver training industry.

Autism Professionals Awards 2014  02/09/13

Following the success of the inaugural Autism Professionals Awards, the NAS has announced that the awards will run again in 2014, with the winners to be announced at the NAS annual professional conference in Harrogate on 4 March 2014.

Lord Nash provides responses on Children and Families Bill  02/09/13

Following the second reading of the Children and Families Bill in parliament, Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, has sent a letter to all peers who attended.

Minister’s update on the SEN and disability reforms process  02/09/13

An update on the SEN and disability reforms process has been published in the form of a letter from Edward Timpson, the minister responsible for SEN and Disability within the Department for Education to the Council for Disabled Children.

NICE clinical guidelines on autism published  02/09/13

The new NICE guidelines on the management of autism in children and young people have been published. Aimed at health professionals, the guideline offers evidence-based advice on a wide range of topics from support for families and carers to advice on therapies and interventions.

No Pens Day Wednesday is back for 2013  02/09/13

Schools are being encouraged to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday on Wednesday 9th October, when they put down their pens and dedicate a day to speaking and listening activities.

Cool Tool to help kids get ready for school  15/08/13

TomTag from Orkid Ideas is the customisable visual checklist system that helps kids get organised for school, perfect for children with additional needs.

Dyslexia-SpLD Trust tender for evaluation  08/08/13

The DST are advertising a tender for an external evaluation - please apply.

AET wins new DfE contract to expand training programme  07/06/13

Building on the outstanding success of its training programme to date, the AET has been awarded a £1.5 million contract by the Department for Education to develop and deliver an integrated programme of training and materials over the next two years.

Results show success of AET training programme  05/06/13

Final evaluation of the initial phase of the AET training programme from 2011-13 has shown results that far exceeded the targets set by the Department for Education.

Mental Health First Aid offers training for adults and young people  22/05/13

First aid for physical injuries teaches people how to give initial care until medical treatment is accessed, and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) does the same for someone experiencing mental ill health.

Pupils with SEN statement spend too much time away from class  21/05/13

An influential report research report from the Institute of Education has shown that pupils with the most acute special educational needs spend over a quarter of their week away from their class, teacher and peers.

New database of SLCN interventions  20/05/13

A valuable new tool for practitioners working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) has been launched.

New NAS transition materials online  14/05/13

An online toolkit has been produced by the NAS to help people with autism and their families prepare for the transition from school to adult life.

BPP School exclusions project offers free representation  13/05/13

The School Exclusion Project at BPP Law School is currently offering free support to families who would like to appeal against exclusion.

NAS webinar series available to watch  13/05/13

The second series of NAS webinars is now available to watch in full online.

NICE to create autism standard  13/05/13

A NICE quality standard on autism in children, young people and adults is being developed.

Pub commended for work experience opportunity  13/05/13

The Wiremill pub in North Lingfield, Surrey has been commended for the work experience opportunity they gave to a student with autism.

VIPERs seek to improve services for disabled children  13/05/13

A project by the Council for Disabled Children has shown that many disabled young people are still being excluded from participation and decision making opportunities.

Job Vacancies at The Communication Trust  08/05/13

The Communication Trust has recently been successful in receiving a grant from the Education Endowment Foundation to further test Talk of the Town (TOTT), a school-wide approach to improving the speech, language and communication skills of primary aged children.

Parents’ view on eating behaviour sought  08/05/13

Parents of children with and without autism aged between 4-11 are invited to complete an online survey as part of research into eating problems in children on the autism spectrum and also in normally developing children by the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

Cool tool to help kids pack their bags  07/05/13

TomTag from Orkid Ideas is a customisable visual checklist system that helps kids get organised for school.

KIDS launches personal budgets info for parents  06/05/13

KIDS, the disabled children’s charity, has launched a new free eLearning package on personal budgets for parents of disabled children and young people.

Pupils with SEN statement spend too much time away from class  06/05/13

An influential report research report from the Institute of Education has shown that pupils with the most acute special educational needs spend over a quarter of their week away from their class, teacher and peers.

Sign up for new Asperkids newsletter  06/05/13

An influential report research report from the Institute of Education has shown that pupils with the most acute special educational needs spend over a quarter of their week away from their class, teacher and peers.

Vue York launches autism friendly screenings  02/05/13

Vue cinema in York is launching new autism friendly screenings that will being on 30th June and will take place on the last Sunday of every month after that.

AET success at our Transforming autism education event  19/02/13

AET held a free day event in London with great success.

AET Training Programme exceeds targets  17/01/13

The AET training programme has exceeded targets set by the Department for Education as well as the expectations of everyone running it.

Transforming Autism Education - two free AET conferences  17/01/13

Two free one-day events are being organised by the AET and University of Birmingham as an introduction to the AET training programme, standards and competency framework.

AET Autism Gold Award for Nicki Foster  15/01/13

Having previously been awarded a Silver Award, Nicki Foster from Surrey has now been awarded the AET Autism Gold Award for her excellent work in supporting children with autism.

AET bids for two year DfE contract  14/01/13

The AET has submitted a bid to the Department for Education to expand its training and information programme to raise workforce competence among those providing support for children and young people with autism.

Extension of SEN and Disability Pathfinders confirmed  11/01/13

The Government has confirmed the extension of the SEN and Disability Pathfinders for 18 months through to September 2014.

National analysis of special educational needs published  11/01/13

The Department for Education has published its annual analysis of pupils with special educational needs across schools in England.

Re-Mapping Autism Research in the UK  11/01/13

The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) is calling on anyone with an interest in autism research to take part in a new online survey.

Transforming autism education: a national integrated programme  10/01/13

Two free national day events from the Autism Education Trust and the University of Birmingham.

NAS welcomes report on SEN reforms  10/01/13

Draft legislation published by the Education Select Committee on the proposed SEN reforms has been welcomed by the NAS.

New online forum for parents  10/01/13

A new online forum for parents of children with autism has been launched by PACT for Autism.

Bradford Autism Support job vacancy  09/01/13

A job opportunity is available at Bradford Autism Support for a Project Manager who will manage the overall effectiveness of the BAS.

Online support for siblings  09/01/13

YoungSibs is a new online support service for brothers and sisters of disabled children and young people.

Research participation request from Challenge Autism  09/01/13

Individuals with autism are being invited to take part in research looking at factors impacting the informal education of students with autism.

Independent film FLY AWAY wins movie awards  07/01/13

FLY AWAY, a powerful and touching film about a mother and her daughter who has autism, has already won critical acclaim and several major movie industry awards.

Campaign promotes dental health among children with autism  01/01/13

The Clean My Teeth campaign aims to improve the oral health of one million children worldwide and is based on a series of child friendly books.

Good practice videos available  01/01/13

Videos of the presentations given at the NAS conference.

KIDS launches free e-learning for schools  01/01/13

As part of the ‘Delivering Inclusion’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has created an e-learning package for schools on how to include and welcome children with disabilities regardless of their particular disability.

Autism and girls conference presentations available  12/12/12

Presentations are now available online from the NAS conference ‘Women and girls on the autism spectrum’ which took place in Birmingham in November.

Resources to help manage challenging behaviour  11/12/12

A new range of resources has been designed to help understand the challenging behaviours of people with autism and develop strategies to manage those behaviours.

Letter from Minister Edward Timpson regarding SEN and disability reforms  23/11/12

Edward Timpson, the Minister responsible for SEN and Disability within the Department for Education, recently gave evidence to the Education Select Committee on the draft provisions of the Children and Families Bill that relate to SEN and disability.

Nasen Leadership Conference  23/11/12

Effective School Leadership = Outstanding Schools: Implementing radical education reforms and promoting the needs of all pupils.

Research study explores informal learning  26/10/12

As part of a doctoral study (in education) at the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Sandra Ellis will be undertaking a research study exploring factors impacting on the informal education (outside school curriculum) learning experience for young autistic students.

AET Training Programme gathers pace  17/09/12

The AET Training Programme is now well and truly into its stride, with over 3,000 delegates receiving basic autism awareness training (Level 1) by the end of July 2012, and Levels 2 and 3 available in full from 17 September.

AET Competency Framework launched  14/09/12

The AET has launched a Competency Framework developed to enable practitioners to evaluate their practice in supporting the needs of pupils with autism.

NAS Anderson School opens its doors  14/09/12

The National Autistic Society is pleased to announce the opening of the new NAS Anderson School in Pilning, Bristol.

Shape the future of national autism education training  14/09/12

Tell us what you want from autism education training in our 5 minute survey and you’ll be contributing to Autism Education Trust’s future plans.

NAS launches Anderson Foundation Schools Challenge with free AET Peer Awareness pack  13/09/12

As part of the 50th birthday celebrations of the National Autistic Society, primary schools are being invited to take up the Anderson Foundation schools challenge.

APPGA Report: Every school needs a lead autism teacher  12/09/12

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) has called on the Government to ensure that all schools have a designated autism lead when it finalises its plans for SEN provision.

Department for Education recruiting Young People’s Advisory Group  12/09/12

The Department for Education is inviting disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to join a Young People's Advisory Group.

Run a No Pens Day Wednesday  12/09/12

Schools are being encouraged to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday when they put down their pens and dedicate a day to speaking and listening activities.

SEN Assist: Award-winning software for children with autism  12/09/12

A husband and wife duo from Surrey have developed an award-winning range of software for young people with autism.

The Shine a Light Awards are back for 2012 - it is your time to shine?  12/09/12

The deadline for the Shine a Light 2012 Awards is fast approaching.

Vote for Faith's TED Talk on Autism News  12/09/12

In April, Faith Jegede gave a talk on autism as part of TED’s Worldwide Talent Search. Now she is hoping she will be chosen to present her talk at TED Global 2013 in Edinburgh and she needs your support.

Call for autism accessible environments  09/09/12

A new survey suggests that shops, restaurants and supermarkets need to be made more accessible for those with autism.

AET Training Programme - launch of Levels 2 and 3 News  31/05/12

The AET has now successfully launched the biggest ever face-to-face autism training scheme for schools across England.

See us at the Autism Show  31/05/12

The AET will be hosting the AET Training Hub Theatre at the Autism Show, which takes place on 15 and 16 June, to give show visitors a taster of what is on offer in the AET’s new training programme.

AET National Autism Standards published  30/05/12

The first ever nationally recognised accreditation in autism education for schools is now available.

Defining Moments  30/05/12

12 year old Isobel Harwood's story about a girl's friendship growing up with the boy next door, her delight in his deep knowledge of history and his ability to bring it alive in their games together and their transition to secondary school against the pressure of new friends and teasing is a delightful and life-affirming story.

IDP now available on the AET website  30/05/12

The Inclusion Development Programme resource ‘Supporting pupils on the autism spectrum’ is now available on the AET website.

A story by Jack – entered for Chris Evans short story competition  23/05/12

A 12 year old with autism has been shortlisted for Chris Evans’ 500 Words 2012 short story competition, with his story called ‘The Unicycle Boy’.

New network for autism professionals  23/05/12

Professionals who work with those on the autism spectrum can now access a new online community that aims to connect autism workers across different disciplines.

SEN Reforms to give parents new rights  23/05/12

The Government has set out its plans for SEN reforms in its recent formal response to the Green Paper consultation.

Autism Webchat  29/02/12

On Wednesday 7 March between 2 pm and 3 pm, David Behan the Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, will host a webchat with Mark Lever the Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society.

Take part in consultation on National Autism Standards  27/02/12

As part of the new AET training programme, the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham has been appointed to develop a set of National Autism Standards.

New AET training programme launches  27/02/12

Schools across England can now apply for the new AET three-tier autism training programme.

New AET Diagnosis DVD  24/02/12

The AET’s new DVD about diagnosis has been made by a group of young people on the autism spectrum, who share their experiences of receiving a diagnosis.

Tools for Teachers – now available to buy  24/02/12

‘Tools for Teachers’, the AET’s invaluable resource for teachers working with pupils with autism, is now available to purchase in hard copy.

100% Awesomes - peer awareness resource pack  24/02/12

Now available to order is the new comic book themed peer awareness teaching resource, ‘The 100% Awesomes’.

Brighton University seeks interest in postgraduate course in autism  02/02/12

The University of Brighton is seeking interest from potential students to enroll on its postgraduate course in autism.

Communication Champion report warns over cuts to speech and language services  01/02/12

The outgoing Communication Champion, Jean Gross CBE, has published her final report, which warns of significant cuts to speech and language therapy services at a time of growing need.

Preparing for Adulthood launches new website  01/02/12

The Preparing for Adulthood programme has launched its new website with information for professionals supporting young people with SEN and disabilities as they move into adulthood.

Research on awareness of hidden disabilities among primary children  01/02/12

Research by two Scottish teachers on awareness of autism and dyslexia among primary school children demonstrates how important workshops and school assemblies highlighting these hidden disabilities are in encouraging children to be more aware of diversity and differences.

Bids sought to develop AET Competency Framework  30/11/11

The deadline for bidders interested in developing the AET competency framework is close of play on 6th January 2012.

100% Awesomes - peer awareness resource pack  30/11/11

A new set of comic book characters, ‘The 100% Awesomes’ has been created by the team behind the Doctor Who Magazine for the AET to promote awareness of difference and autism.

AET training programme swings into gear  30/11/11

Seven organisations have now been appointed to become training hubs to deliver the AET’s ambitious DfE supported training programme.

Nominations for Autism Stars  30/11/11

If you know someone who does an outstanding job in supporting a child or young person with autism, why not nominate them for an AET Autism Star Award?

Blog on Academies, Free Schools and the Law  14/11/11

A new blog by SEN lawyer David Wolfe aims to answer any legal questions on academies and free schools, with a focus on the SEN perspective.

Dyslexia training for teachers  14/11/11

The British Dyslexia Association has set up an online petition to encourage the mandatory elements of dyslexia awareness training on SEN to be included in initial teacher training.

Major Victories on Education Bill  14/11/11

Campaigning by the National Autistic Society has recently led to two amendments to the Education Bill which is currently going through Parliament, which will both mean a better deal for children and young people with special educational needs.

NICE publish clinical guidelines on autism  14/11/11

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published clinical guidelines for autism in children and young people

Parents can rate schools on Ofsted website  14/11/11

Parents can now evaluate the performance of their child’s school on a new website produced by the Government’s education watchdog, Ofsted.

AET Training Hubs appointment  20/10/11

The Autism Education Trust has now appointed 7 AET training hubs. We had 26 applicants and interviewed 16 over 3 days.

Special Needs London  12/10/11

We will be exhibiting at the world’s largest gathering of SEN professionals. Come find us on Stand 43.

Vacancies for AET governing bodies  15/09/11

The AET is currently seeking individuals who would like to actively contribute to its work by joining one of two governance bodies - the Programme Board and the Expert Reference Group.

National autism training update: applications for hub schools extended and invitations to tender open  15/09/11

Over the summer the AET has been making progress in developing the process for delivering the first ever National Autism Education Standards for all schools across England and autism education training to practitioners over the next two years.

Outcomes Report highlights education system gaps for pupils with autism  14/09/11

The current education system lacks flexibility and ambition in its approach to pupils on the autism spectrum, according to a new report published by the AET.

Tools for Teachers hard copy and DVD now available  13/09/11

‘Tools for Teachers’, the AET’s invaluable resource for teachers working with pupils with autism, is now available to purchase in hard copy.

A new 'The Den' pack for the new school year  12/09/11

Free information packs about the AET’s unique online information hub The Den for teenagers will be available from September 2011.

Department for Education releases school exclusion figures  12/09/11

Pupils with a statement of SEN are around eight times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion from school and six times more likely to receive a fixed-term exclusion, compared to pupils with no SEN.

New Kids Zone Puppet  12/09/11

A new addition to the AET Kids Zone is now live. A puppet, known as Bam, is now available to view online.

Good Practice Report now available  31/08/11

High ambitions, a unique curriculum and highly trained staff are essential factors in providing good autism education, according to a report commissioned by the Autism Education Trust (AET).

Consultations seeking respondents  26/08/11

The Department for Education and the Children’s Commissioner are seeking input into the following consultations.

Family and Friends Care Survey  26/08/11

The Family Rights Group is seeking input into a major survey among family and friend carers.

Ofsted: disabled young people need more help post-16  26/08/11

Many young disabled people struggle to get effective support after leaving school to help them into employment, further study and living independently, according to Ofsted’s new report, Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

TES Connect Resources  26/08/11

TES Connect Resources, a section of the TES website, is home to a vast library of teaching resources all created and uploaded by other teachers in the TES community for everyone to share, providing a really valuable source of help for all teachers.

New good practice case studies now live  18/07/11

A number of new and reinvigorated good practice case studies are now available on the AET website. The case studies feature inspiring, moving and practical examples of how people are successfully contributing to the education of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

New commissioning for autism resources  18/07/11

Better Commissioning for Autism is a project supported by the AET to examine ways of improving the commissioning of educational provision for children on the autism spectrum throughout England.

Children’s Commissioner issues call for exclusions evidence  15/07/11

Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England, has launched an inquiry into school exclusions. She issued a public call for evidence, and will examine questions related to the issue.

Apps for Autism  01/07/11

Apple’s touch screen devices have revolutionised the way children and young people on the autism spectrum are able to learn, develop and communicate. There are thousands of applications available to parents, educators and people with autism, from expensive communication solutions to fun games for both children and adults alike.

It’s time to shine!  29/06/11

The Communication Trust’s Hello campaign is inviting entrants to take part in the ‘Shine a Light’ 2011 Hello campaign awards for developing children and young people’s communication, launched last month in partnership with Pearson Assessment.

NAS launches Great Expectations Campaign  28/06/11

The NAS has launched a new campaign, Great Expectations, to end the battle many parents face trying to get the right education for their child.

July 2011 new resources  01/06/11

AET July 2011 newsletter new resources.

Professional Conference 2011  20/05/11

Supportin pupils with autism in a changing educational environment. Friday 8 July 2011, Central London

BBC trials new web accessibility support tool  13/04/11

The BBC has launched the trial of a new tool to allow users to change the way text is presented on the web pages of

AET commissions new research into outcomes for adults with autism  11/04/11

The Autism Education Trust has commissioned important new research – the Outcomes Project – to look at the relationship between education and adult outcomes for people with autism.

AET awarded £1.2m grant to develop national standard, competency framework, qualification and training in autism education  07/04/11

From 1 April 2011 the role of the Autism Education Trust will become focused on developing and delivering the first ever national standard competency framework, qualification and training in autism education.

Sing Up with Crackers Maracas  01/04/11

The national singing programme Sing Up has produced a new resource pack, ‘Crackers Maracas’, specifically for children on the autism spectrum as a result of links made through the AET.

Autism supplement published in The Independent newspaper  30/03/11

Read comments from AET Project Head Sarah-Jane Critchley and NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever in the 'Autism' supplement published in The Independent on 30 March 2011.

AET responds to NICE consultation on ASDs in children  28/03/11

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is writing new clinical guidelines on recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in children and young people. Development of the guidelines began in May 2009. Approved guidelines will be published in September 2011.

SEN and Disability Green Paper Published  22/03/11

The long-awaited SEN & Disability Green Paper ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’ was launched on the 9th of March by Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families.

National Autistic Society calls on young people at school  16/03/11

The National Autistic Society has launched a survey to find out what children and young people think about school.

North Yorkshire County Council publish Changing Times to keep parents and professionals up to date  15/03/11

The AET training event held in central York earlier this year has been reviewed in the March 2011 edition of North Yorkshire County Council's Changing Times newsletter.

Education Committee launches online forum to consult young people  08/03/11

The government’s Education Committee has launched an online forum in partnership with The Student Room to aid its inquiry into services outside of school for young people aged 13 to 25.

The School I Would Like: The Guardian newspaper 2011  02/03/11

The Guardian is compiling a Children’s Manifesto based on comments pupils of all ages are sending in to the newspaper by email. The deadline for sending a comment about the sort of things you would like to see in the school of your dreams is the 4th March.

Exhibitor opportunities at AET Training Events  25/02/11

The AET York Training Event on 10th February attracted nearly 100 education professionals who work with children and young people on the autism spectrum, as well as a number of parents. And with London (9th March) and Manchester (24th March) events fast approaching, there are still exhibitor opportunities available for you to take advantage of.

New online case studies coming soon  25/02/11

The AET website will be hosting a number of new case studies over the next couple of months as we update our Good Practice section with inspiring, moving and practical examples of how people are successfully contributing to the education of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

New ‘The Den’ packs for schools  25/02/11

Look out for information packs about The Den from the AET this spring. We will be sending all secondary schools in England information packs containing a new range of resources designed specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. The packs highlight the advice, information and support available on The Den on a wide range of issues affecting young people today.

Autism Eye magazine launches  24/02/11

Autism Eye magazine launched at the end of February to keep parents and carers informed about the latest research into autism and treatments.

Education Bill Update  24/02/11

The government published its Education Bill on 27th January 2011 following its presentation to Parliament. The Bill will make the changes to law, which are needed as a result of the Department for Education’s schools White Paper published in November 2010.

SEN and Disability Green Paper update  24/02/11

The long-awaited SEN and Disability Green Paper has once again been delayed and is now expected to be published in March 2011.

Local authorities with academies to continue to fund SEN Support services  23/02/11

The government has agreed that for the coming year local authorities with academies should continue to fund SEN support services at the current level instead of delegating the money down to academies.

New - 'The Den' packs for schools  23/02/11

Look out for ‘The Den’ information packs from the AET this autumn. We will be sending all secondary schools in England information packs containing a new range of resources designed specifically for young people with autism.

Education Select Committee publishes report on behaviour  03/02/11

The Education Select Committee has published a report on behaviour - Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: Volume 1 (3rd February 2011).

Computers and TV wrongly blamed for children’s speech disorders  31/01/11

One in six parents in Britain believe that the most common cause of speech, language and communication difficulties among children is the time they spend on computers and watching television, according to a new poll published today to mark the launch of the Hello campaign – the national year of communication.

AET announces 2011 training events  24/01/11

The first leg of the 2011 series of AET Training Events (formerly AET Roadshows) has now been confirmed and three events will be taking place nationwide in February and March this year with a further three planned for April, May and June.

AET launches national Autism Stars awards  14/01/11

The AET has launched Autism Stars, a new national awards scheme to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of individuals in creating an autism friendly culture.

The Communication Trust responds to release of ‘The Kings Speech’  13/01/11

As The Kings Speech is crowned a box office success and with the Golden Globes and Oscars in sight, The Communication Trust - a unique coalition of 40 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication - have warned that “stammering is just the tip of a massive iceberg and many children struggle on a day to day basis with ‘hidden’ communication difficulties that can get misunderstood, misinterpreted or just missed altogether.”

New content for The Den  04/01/11

This month will see new and updated content added to The Den, an information hub for young people with autism (it is not a social networking site) on the AET website. The Den aims to address some of the questions, issues and worries that all young people face, but presents the information in ways that appeal to young people with autism, using visual content to communicate information and complement text.

AET website adds Widgit Point  03/01/11

Widgit Point is now available on the AET website, increasing the accessibility of our resources for users with autism. When a visitor hovers their cursor over a word, this new software offers a list of symbols that illustrate the possible meanings of the word, providing unparalleled support for symbol readers online.

Government White Paper highlights SEN  22/12/10

The Government has published it plans for reform for the education system in a White Paper – The Importance of Teaching (24 November), with a number of implications for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Green Paper consultation summary published  16/12/10

The Government’s long-awaited SEN Green Paper is expected to be published early this year and a summary of the consultation that closed in October 2010 has now been published.

The Communication Trust says Hello  15/12/10

The Communication Trust has launched a nationwide campaign to support the 2011 National Year of Communication – Hello.

RHS claims gardening helps meet SEN needs  25/11/10

A report released by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) [25 November 2010] and funded by the Growing Schools Programme, claims that teaching gardening to children and young people with special educational needs has a positive impact on their development.

Government launches consultation for Year 1 reading test  23/11/10

The Government has launched (23 November 2010) a public consultation on the introduction of a phonic screening test for all children in Year 1, with the aim of improving reading standards in schools.

US study claims most promising test for autism yet  31/10/10

A US study claims to have developed a brain scan that can detect high-functioning autism with a 94% success rate, the best biologically based test for autism to date.

Meet the AET team at Special Needs London  23/09/10

The Autism Education Trust team is heading back out on the road this autumn and the next stop is Special Needs London.

Ofsted reports lack of expertise for children with SEN  22/09/10

A recent report published by Ofsted on 14 September has identified gaps in expertise and lack of classroom support to effectively support many pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Government launches 'Call for Views' on SEN Green Paper  21/09/10

The Department of Education has launched a 'Call for Views' on how the existing education system is working for pupils with SEN and disabilities.

TreeHouse School is recruiting three new governors  27/07/10

TreeHouse School is recruiting for three new governors to support the work of the School Governing Body.

AET Youth Council helps leading children’s newspaper  08/07/10

First News, the leading children’s newspaper, is running the My Way! campaign throughout 2010 to highlight the importance of recognising that every child learns differently.

AET and Commissioning Support Programme seminar  07/07/10

AET hosts Commissioning Support Programme seminar for autism education service commissioners to update knowledge and share information and good practice

Cost-effective system launched by NAS Education Support Service  23/06/10

The NAS's Education Support Service has launched a new cost-effective system for schools to join forces in local areas to benefit from expert ASD specific training and advice.

Can you help with research about mainstream primary to secondary transition phase  17/06/10

Great Ormond Street Hospital would like to hear from parents of children with autism about their experiences of transition from primary to secondary schools.

New Sentence Trouble website now live  17/06/10

A new website has been launched to help staff working in the youth justice system understand and communicate with children and young people.

The Communication Trust needs your help...  17/06/10

The Communication Trust has been commissioned to run a national campaign in 2011 to raise awareness of children's communication skills.

NAS launches You Need to Know campaign  14/06/10

Highlighting gaps in mental health services for children on the autism spectrum.

NASEN Live 2010  26/05/10

We are launching a new resource for teachers on Stand B28 at Nasen Live on 26 and 27 May 2010 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. The resource, called Tools for Teachers: Practical Resources for Classroom Success, brings together all the relevant information a teacher supporting a child or young person with autism might need.

How to help children with autism cope with change at school  18/05/10

The AET, with the help of other autism organisations, has sponsored a supplement due for publication in Education Guardian on Tuesday 18 May 2010.

Live online chats with Annette Brooke MP and Diana Johnson MP  26/03/10

Next Tuesday TreeHouse will be hosting live online chats with Annette Brooke MP (at 10am-11am) and Diana Johnson MP (at 11.45am-12.45pm)

New resources to help teachers  23/03/10

The AET, England’s only umbrella organisation for autism education, is publishing two new online resources for teachers to support teaching practices for children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Helen's film  16/03/10

Helen Wood is a member of The Autism Education Trust Youth Council. She is on the autism spectrum and uses communication aids. This is a film she and her team of support have made to show what she likes and dislikes at school and the challenges and successes that she faces on a day to day occurence.

Meet the AET team at The Education Show  04/03/10

We are exhibiting at The Education Show from 4 – 6 March 2010 at the NEC, Birmingham (Stand E74). Visitors to the show will be able to find out more about our work.

Government strategy to transform adult autism support  03/03/10

The AET, England’s only umbrella organisation for autism education, welcomes a raft of new measures in the landmark adult autism strategy published today aimed at tackling the isolation, ignorance and inequality routinely experienced by the over 300,000 adults with autism in England.

AET London Conference - 'Transition: practical steps for moving forward'  28/01/10

The AET is holding a one day conference presenting a range of keynote speakers and practical workshops sessions. The event will focus on "transition", which is a crucial issue in the education of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Take part in the My Way! online survey for a chance to win £300 of vouchers  27/01/10

The First News My Way! campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the different ways children and young people like to learn and the importance of allowing them to learn in a way which is right for them. One in five school-aged children need extra help due to a learning difficulty which may include being on the autism spectrum. The AET is in full support of the campaign. My Way! would like to get children and young people’s views on their school, how they like to learn, and about their friendships.


The Autism Education Trust has given its support to a new campaign which hopes to add weight to the growing awareness that all children learn differently. The First News My Way! Campaign was launched at 10 Downing Street on 6th January by the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown and Henry Winkler, best known for his role as The Fonz in TV show Happy Days.

Sentence Trouble - resource launched to help improve communication  20/11/09

Sentence Trouble, a new guide for the youth justice workforce to help them communicate more effectively with young people, particularly those with communication needs has been launched by the Communication Trust, in partnership with the AET.

AET roadshows - thanks for making them a success  17/11/09

Thanks to your support, the series of roadshow events we held during April and May were a great success. For those of you who found time to attend an event, thank you very much for your valuable contributions. And for those of you who were not able to come, please keep in touch and let us know if you have any specific thoughts about the future development of the AET.

Autism conference on transition  22/10/09

The first in a series of AET events has taken place in Leeds and highlighted that now is a crucial time for improving services for children and young people on the autism spectrum.

AET Leeds Conference - 'Transition: practical steps for moving forward'  22/10/09

The AET is holding a one day conference presenting a range of keynote speakers and practical workshops sessions. The event will focus on "transition", which is a crucial issue in the education of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

2008 Party Conference Round-up  01/09/09

Autism has been high on the political agenda recently. Many voluntary organisations working with and on behalf of the autism community around the UK attended the main political party conferences in September with some successful and interesting debates and events.

Good practice presentations now available online  07/07/09

Downloadable presentations from a broad range of professionals who work closely with children and young people on the autism spectrum are now available on the AET website, as part of the AET’s aim to promote and share examples of good autism education practice.

"Choosing a schoo for your child" - translated  18/06/09

A new resource to help parents of children on the autism spectrum choose the right school for their child has now been translated into eight different languages. Produced by the Autism Education Trust (AET), this informative booklet can be used by teaching staff as a resource for parents whose first language is not English. Just belonging to a minority ethnic community in addition to being on the autism spectrum could mean that some children face double discrimination while accessing services.

NASEN conference on autism Friday 12th June  09/06/09

This one-day conference is aimed at teaching staff and anyone working with or likely to work with children and young people on the autistic spectrum. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Mary Daly who was the Programme Lead in the creation of the new autism specific resources under the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), as part of the National Strategies.

Increased funding secured for AET  21/05/09

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is to extend its remit in 2009/10 to work with local authorities and primary care trusts to improve the commissioning of services for children with autistic spectrum disorders. In order to carry out this extended range of activities, additional funding from the DCSF was announced by Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Minister for Schools and Learning, in the House of Commons on Friday 15 May, bringing the total funding for the AET to £580,000 in this financial year.

AET supplement published in The Guardian  19/05/09

The supplement will provide an in-depth look at autism education in England, with case studies from teaching staff, families and young people on the autism spectrum across the country.

New autism specific resources for early years and schools  01/04/09

New web and DVD resources on the autism spectrum are now available. Produced by The Department of Schools, Children and Families (DCSF), one is designed for those working with children under five years of age and the other is for those working in mainstream primary and secondary schools.

New learning resources for teachers  27/03/09

A series of web-based resources to support practitioners working with all children and young people on the autism spectrum in both Early Years settings and primary and secondary schools are now available to access on-line.

Sarah McCarthy-Fry speaks at AET conference  02/03/09

The Autism Education Trust held its first National Conference, ‘Sharing Good Practice’, at Central Hall in Westminster, London on Thursday 26th February 2009. Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Minister for Schools and Learning gave the keynote address and spoke about the Government’s ambitions for improving autism education provision across England through better collaboration and information sharing.

Listen to Schools Minister, Diana Johnson’s speech at the AET Roadshow in Hull  25/02/09

Diana Johnson MP, Schools Minister responsible for Government’s Special Educational Needs policy, was the special guest at the AET Roadshow in Hull on 25th February.

AET and Commissioning Support Programme work together to improve the commissioning of services for children and young people on the autism spectrum  10/02/09

Autism services commissioners: complete our questionnaire by the end of February to access free and impartial advice and support. The AET and CSP are working together to improve the commissioning of services for children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Web competition winner announced  09/02/09

Alex Devlin has been chosen as the winner of the competition to name the new AET website for teenagers. Alex’s entry ‘The Den’ was selected by the AET Steering Group as the winning name.

We improve the commissioning of services for children with autism  08/02/09

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is working with the Commissioning Support Programme (CSP) to improve the commissioning of services for children and young people on the autism spectrum. All local authorities [can we include specifics here?] in England have been contacted with information about how the AET and CSP can help the commissioning process and have been asked to fill in a questionnaire about current procedures and access to information and advice.

The AET road shows  01/01/01

Following the success of the first Autism Education Trust (AET) ‘road show’ event in Liverpool this month, the AET is holding a further five free events across England during March, April and May 2009. These events will mirror the recent AET National Conference and in addition will address some of the more local issues in each area.

AET brings 'Sharing Good Practice' to cities across England  01/01/01

Following the first Autism Education Trust (AET) National Conference 'Sharing Good Practice', which will be held in London in February, the AET is running a series of roadshow events across England during March, April and May.

AET launches national Autism Stars awards  01/01/01

October sees the launch of the AET Autism Stars, new national awards to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of individuals in creating an autism friendly culture.

AET Learning and Sharing events  01/01/01

The latest series of AET Learning and Sharing events will be taking place nationwide between November 2010 and March 2011, covering a range of themes.

AET National Conference 2009: 'Sharing Good Practice'  01/01/01

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is holding a one-day conference to promote collaboration between the various stakeholders in autism education. The event will bring together educational providers, local authority representatives, health professionals, adults and young people with autism, parents and carers

Autism Professionals Awards 2014  01/01/01

The NAS has announced the shortlist in the Autism Professionals Awards and the winners will be announced at a special awards dinner at the NAS Professional Conference in Harrogate on Tuesday 4th March.

BPP School exclusions project offers free representation  01/01/01

Do you know an Autism Star?  01/01/01

Leeds Conference  01/01/01

Making the Driving Theory Test more accessible for people with autism  01/01/01

Over the last year, the AET has been advising the Driving Standards Agency on making the Theory Test more accessible to people on the autism spectrum.

NAS Broomhayes School celebrates 25th Anniversary  01/01/01

The National Autistic Society’s Broomhayes School and Children’s Centre in Bideford, North Devon, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

NAS Professional Awards Announced  01/01/01

The winners of this year’s Autism Professionals Awards were revealed at the NAS Professional Conference in Harrogate in March.

Report finds genetic link to ADHD  01/01/01

Scientists from Cardiff University claim to have found the first direct evidence of a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in The Lancet on 30 September 2010.

The Communication Trust Update on the Youth Justice Programme  01/01/01

August 2010 highlights from The Communication Trust’s Youth Justice Programme.

New research highlights the lack of specialist support for autism education practioners  01/01/01

New research carried out for the Autism Education Trust (AET) by the University of Birmingham has highlighted the lack of specialist support for autism education practitioners, including speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

AET roadshows feedback and evaluation  01/01/01

We held six awareness-raising roadshow events during April and May 2008 at locations around England (London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Hull). The events were held following the launch of the AET in November 2007 to spread the word about the organisation to a wider audience. We wanted to encourage involvement from parents, professionals and young people with autism in the future work of the AET.

AET granted £35,000 to extend work programme in first year  01/01/01

The Autism Education Trust (AET), which was launched in November 2007, has been granted an additional £35,000 by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to extend its work programme in the first year.

Autism Education Trust launched in Parliament  01/01/01

The Autism Education Trust (AET) was launched this month in the Houses of Parliament at an event hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the newly established Children, Schools and Families Select Committee. Schools Minister Andrew Adonis also spoke at the event.