Autism Quality Offer

Gemma Wishart (County Lead Practitioner for Communication & Autism) will be leading an Autism Quality Offer Workshop at Wodson Park from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. on Monday 8th October.

This workshop is designed to support Autism Leads and/or SENCOs to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Hertfordshire Autism Quality Offer and explore how it aligns with a range of key local authority and Autism Education Trust (AET) resources. The Autism Quality Offer exemplifies what the evidence tells us works well for pupils with autism and will support schools to develop the quality of their provision.

By attending the workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • Discover the Hertfordshire Autism Quality Offer and Autism Tracker
  • Consider how you can link your work with autism to the statutory Hertfordshire SEND Quality Offer and Benchmark & Planning Tool
  • Explore essential AET resources signposted in the Autism Quality Offer

We encourage as many schools as possible to attend this workshop, whether or not your school has been part of the DSPL3 AET Standards Project.

To book your place on this important workshop please click here.


We are working in partnership with the Autism and communication Advisory teachers to introduce the Homunculi approach in our schools.

The Homunculi, (or ‘little people’), is a fun activity that builds social and emotional resilience in children and young people, aged 7 upwards, and into the teenage years. It is particularly suited to those with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome who often have difficulty identifying troubling feelings such as anger, fear and anxiety.  The Homunculi are miniature agents with problem-solving missions and special gadgets who live inside the brain and help out with distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through inventing their own Homunculi characters and stories, participants in the activity learn to cope with their real-life social problems. Complete with a large-format skull poster, character and storyboard templates, and photocopiable record sheets, this unique resource includes everything needed to get started on making Homunculi stories, cartoons or videos.

This flexible, 10-week, CBT-based programme for individuals or groups will be transformative for psychologists, therapists, teachers and other professionals working with children on the autism spectrum or with behavioural difficulties.

Please contact DSPL3 Manager for further information:

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