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raising awareness

Basic autism awareness training for everyone involved in a post 16 setting who would benefit from an understanding of autism. This includes teaching and support staff, office staff, caterers, caretakers, transport staff, governors, employers and careers advisers. More information.

for practitioners

Practical approaches to developing teaching, learning and support strategies for all staff working directly with young people with autism (including tutors, learning support practitioners, assessors, trainers and job coaches). More information.

for managers

For all staff who may take a leadership role that includes responsibility for developing provision for young people with autism within a post 16 setting (including lead practitioners for autism; inclusion and/or curriculum managers and those who manage additional learning support). More information.

AET post 16 transition from school to college module

For all staff in post 16 settings, schools and local authorities working to support young people with autism to move from
school into further education. More information.

Access the AET post 16 raising awareness delegate handout if you have been on the training>

You will need a password to access the delegate handout – please ask your trainer or training hub for the password.


There are approximately 500,000 (or 1 in 100) on the autism spectrum in the UK with a very wide range of abilities and needs. All professionals working in post 16 education settings should be prepared to support young people on the autism spectrum — and all staff should have a basic awareness of autism and the needs of individuals.

The AET post 16 programme – making sense of autism, supported by the Department for Education, offers nationally delivered face-to-face training for professionals working with young people over the age of 16 through the training hubs.

The programme will form an essential part of your Continuing Professional Development and can play a key role in supporting your organisation to provide its best endeavours in meeting the needs of young people on the autism spectrum.

The training uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, presentations and practical resources and activities.

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