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Making Sense of Autism - Raising Awareness

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is a partnership between Ambitious about Autism, the Autism Alliance and the National Autistic Society (NAS). It is supported by the Department for Education (DfE) and provides a modular training programme for professionals in education.

This Tier 1 training module is designed for use across all types of setting and ability, covering mainstream and specialist settings for pupils aged 5 – 16.  It is targeted at all staff within a setting to provide a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects pupils in schools.  Shropshire Council would like all schools to access this training within the next two years and have commissioned Woodlands Outreach to deliver the AET programme across Shropshire.

Learning Objectives

All participants will be able to:

  • Identify the four key areas that need to be taken into account
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual pupil and their profile of strengths and areas for development
  • Identify the key areas to help pupils on the autistic spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, family and people in their community.
  • Develop an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that pupils may experience.

“Any understanding of autism should not be approached from a position of ‘deficit’, but rather from a position of ‘difference’.  Autistic people are not neuro-typical people with something missing or something extra added on. They are different. If we are serious about equality and inclusion within any area, we must first of all understand that difference.”

Christine Breakey (2006); The Autistic Spectrum: A Guide to Good Practice.

Further details

Cost:  FREE 
Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Within your setting

For further information and to book a training session contact Woodlands Outreach:

Tel: 01939 236181 


Visit: for more details about the AET training programme