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July 2011

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Welcome to the July 2011 edition of the Autism Education Trust Newsletter


We reported in our last newsletter that the direction of the AET has taken an exciting turn this year with a new Government grant to develop and deliver a national standard competency framework, qualification and training in autism education. The new materials and training programme will be tailored for education practitioners, including newly qualified teachers and SENCOs. With this new direction has come some organisational change.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Steve Huggett and I join the AET this month as its new Director. You can read more about me and my 30 years experience in the field of SEN here. I am looking forward to the role laid out by the Department for Education for the AET this year and while we are working to ambitious targets in a challenging economic climate for schools, the training we are developing is crucial for all teachers and their support staff and will benefit all children on the autism spectrum. I look forward to sharing more news about the changes in our September newsletter.

Sarah-Jane Critchley remains with us at the AET in a new capacity as Project Manager. She has made a crucial contribution to the organisation over the last two years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her work to date. I look forward to working alongside her and Serena Shah, the new AET Project Administrator, over the coming months.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Outcomes Research Project, which is looking at the extent to which the current focus of education is guided by the outcomes aspired to by people on the autism spectrum. We hope that this report – to be published on the AET website in August – will make a major contribution to the continuing debate as to the priorities for teaching and learning and the measures we adopt to evaluate student progress and achievement. In short, are we concerned with and measuring the right things?

Thank you for your continued support. I hope that you enjoy our July e-newsletter - we really value your feedback, so please feel free to contact us with your thoughts and suggestions.

With best wishes,

Steve Huggett
AET Director

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Autism Education Trust News
AET commissioning for autism

New commissioning for autism resources

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. A range of new commissioning for autism resources to support the project have been developed by AET Consultant Penny Richardson, and are now available for you to download here.

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AET Good practice case studies

Good practice case studies now live

A number of new and reinvigorated good practice case studies are now available on the AET website. The case studies, written specifically for the AET, feature inspiring, moving and practical examples of how people are successfully contributing to the education of children and young people on the autism spectrum. You can find all of our good practice case studies here.

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Have Your Say

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In This Edition
AET News
Other news
New Resources
Events and Training
New Publications
Have Your Say
Further information
Events and Training
help! First Steps

National Autistic Society
Islington, London
20 July 2011

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help! Supporting Siblings

National Autistic Society
Islington, London
17 August 2011

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Autistic Intelligence

Girton College
16 September 2011

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Teaching social skills to children with high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome

Ambitious about Autism
The Pears National
Centre for Autism
29 September 2011

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