The OAKS

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Keele Sessions – 08th February 2019

Last Friday, our trainees were in Keele again.  This time the morning session was delivered by Jodie and Kate, who joined us as part of The Autism Education Trust Schools Programme.

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Established and supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism. Underpinned by current research into good education practice, the AET programme is structured around the three education phases – early years, school and post 16. Their core values are: person-centered, outcomes and process focused, inclusive and accessible, evidence-based, high quality and working in partnership.

This extremely well-received session allowed our trainees to identify key areas of difference not deficit and ways in which they could positively impact the education of any pupils with autism.  Promoting positive attitudes to autism is key in schools and we’d like to thank both Jodie and Kate for their time and work with our trainees.

Following on from the above session, was our own Dave Da Silva, who’s ‘Managing Other Adults in the Classroom’ focused on how to maximise the impact of learning support within our lessons.  The group explored the scope of these roles and how to ensure that they are used effectively to positively impact the learning of all pupils within the room.