AET Autism Standards Project 2016-18

The AET Autism Standards enable educational settings to evaluate their practice in addressing the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum.

The standards have been designed for use across all types of educational    settings from mainstream to special and specialist, for pupils from the ages of   5 – 16 years, at all levels of ability. The standards mirror the categories  established by the AET training hubs materials. There are interactive links from the set of  standards to resources that demonstrate how a school or provider might  implement practice or policy. The standards also link to the AET schools autism competency framework, the SEND code of practice and the Ofsted framework.

The project will have tranches of schools and settings meeting to use the Autism Standards as a way of self-review and planning developments.  SENCOs and/or Setting Autism Leads will meet for a morning at the beginning of a half -term to look at the standards together to develop their understanding of them. This   session will be led by Julia Carmichael, Specialist Teacher for Autism (Communication and Autism Team).   It is then expected that the  SENCOs/Autism Leads will carry out a review back in their schools before meeting again a month later to support each other with development planning, again facilitated by Julia.  Participating schools and settings will receive funding towards supply cover when their action plan is submitted and also be able to apply for  50% funding grants towards resources.   The meetings will be from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. at Wodson Park, Ware.

So far,  over forty schools have taken part in the project, click here for the list.

The Spring Term 2018 meetings will be from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. at Wodson Park, Ware on Tuesday 9th January and Monday 5th February.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS LIKELY TO BE THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROJECT

To apply click here.

Supporting the pupil with autistic spectrum condition

Audience:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Teachers, SENCOs and/or Learning Support & Teaching Assistants supporting a child with Autistic Spectrum Condition

Course Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the impact of the pupil with Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • To explore strategies to support learning
  • To provide an opportunity to share ideas


Funded by DSPL3 – lunch included

Participant Expectations:

To complete a summary sheet outlining three changes that have been made in school as a result of attending the course and the impact of those changes, including where appropriate pupil voice about the changes.


Wodson Park, Ware


Secondary  – Tuesday 7th March

Primary – Wednesday 22nd February and Wednesday 22nd March

Early Years – Monday 27th March

Click here to see the settings that are attending the Early Years Course

Click here to see the settings that are attending the primary course

Click here to see the settings that are attending the secondary course


DSPL3 has set up an Autism Review Group (ARG) in response to the Hertfordshire Autism Review.  There are Headteacher, SENCO, Parent and ISL representatives on the group.

Click here to read Executive Summary of the Review.

You can read about the ARG updates in the regular DSPL3 Newsletters.

DSPL3 has a newly established Autsm Family Support Team, who  offer information and support for people with a child, young person or family member on the Autistic Spectrum or awaiting a diagnosis.

Click here for their information leaflet.

Click here to make an online request for support