Evaluation of the AET schools programme
An independent evaluation of the schools programme, was carried out by a team from the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), the University of Warwick, and the Institute of Education, London, led by Professor Geoff Lindsay and Professor Tony Charman. The AET programme was monitored and evaluated using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Training participants completed evaluation questionnaires before and after their training, and 21,679 questionnaires were analysed. In addition, 46 interviews were undertaken with participants and stakeholders, and 188 follow-up questionnaires were completed by participants who completed Tier 2 and Tier 3 training.
The evaluation’s findings indicated that:
• The training delivery targets were surpassed
• The training participants’ views of the training were very positive
• School staff reported that the AET training had increased their knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to autism provision
• The Programme stimulated positive changes in practice in schools
• School staff and parents reported that the changes made positive differences for pupils with autism.
AET response to recommendations arising out of the evaluation report, read here.