7:00 am, Friday, 21st July 2023

SEND good news story- Autism in Schools Celebration

The Autism in Schools project held their celebration event on Tuesday 4 July 2023.

The Autism in Schools project leads, and team, parent carers, and school champions met to celebrate the successes of the project to date.

We walked through a presentation which showcased the achievements and outlined the impact of the four elements of the project:

  • Autism in School Approach – Autism Education Trust Audit
    • 92% of AiS School Champions have completed AET Good Autism Practice Training
    • All AiS schools involved in the project have achieved their targets that were identified in the initial audit
  • Parents Supporting Parents Forums
    • 11 Parents Supporting Parents(PSP) Forums held with 118 parent carer attendances
  • Children/Young People (CYP) Engagement Work (including Understanding Myself)
    • An individualised report is created for each setting clearly outlining the views of their CYP and provides recommendations to support CYP
    • “This has helped me in many ways to keep calm” one CYP’s comment on Understanding Myself
  • Autism & Neurodiversity Training Offer
    • There has been 386+ professional attendances at training events commissioned/promoted by AiS
    • 151+ parent carers have attended the external commissioned parent carer workshops from November 2022 to June 2023
    • All AiS schools have been provided with AET’s ‘Making Sense of Autism’ training for their whole school

We plan to work with our current parent carers and school champions to open our Parents Supporting Parents Forums and our AiS & Neurodiversity Champion Network Meetings to all parent carers and educational settings.

We look forward to welcoming new parent carers and schools in the next academic year, 2023-2024. Please watch this space for further information.

A huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the AiS project and we look forward to continuing our partnership and moving forward in September.


Watch the video’s to see what local parent carers and professionals said about their involvement.

Find out more about Autism in Schools on their page.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Autism in Schools (nelincs.gov.uk)