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Autism Education Trust - Programme Evaluation 2016-17

Stephen M. Cullen


Phase 4 of our evaluation of the Autism Education Trust (AET) Programme builds on our earlier research: Autism Education Trust: Programme Evaluation; 2011-13, Autism Education Trust: Programme Evaluation, 2013-15; and Autism Education Trust Programme, 2015-16. Those evaluations demonstrated that the AET Programme delivered high levels of effectiveness in terms of delivery, materials, satisfaction, and impact. That effectiveness was demonstrated across all levels of the AET Programme; for Early Years, school age, and Post-16 settings.

In March 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that it had extended the AET’s contract for another year, awarding it a budget of £750,000 to fund the AET Programme, 2016-17. The 2016/17 Programme comprises of six main strands, in addition to the training programme run by the existing 25 training hubs, which is on-going and self-sustaining.

CEDAR has been asked by the AET to focus its evaluation of the 2016/17 Programme on four of the main elements of the Programme:

The establishment of five regional networks to support schools and Local Authorities (LAs) using the AET materials to improve autism education.The roll out of Post-16 training and its integration with Ambitious About Autism’s Succeeding at College programme. A project to help prevent young people with autism from being excluded from school. This will be led by the National Autistic Society and will provide information for parents, as well as for professionals, via Network Autism.The establishment of the “AET Young People’s Panel” to input into all 2016/17 programme areas.

The evaluation is both formative and summative; with a final report to be published in the Spring of 2017.