How we work with Educational Settings
EASA supports educational settings in the following ways:
School or Setting Development.
- Auditing and Action Planning. We use the Autism Education Trust Standards to help you understand what you are doing well and areas you would like to improve in your school or setting. We will then support you to write an action plan for your setting.
- Community building. We will help develop your autism-friendly community by encouraging your staff and parents to work together. We can attend coffee mornings and provide information and support on common topics such as toileting, feeding and eating and homework.
- Training. We offer a variety of staff training options, including all the Autism Education Trust modules for Early Years, Schools and Post 16. We also offer online workshops on a variety of themes.
- Mentoring. We have Advisory TAs who can provide mentoring to classroom staff. The Autism Education Trust Competency Framework is used with individual staff in your setting to help them identify their training needs and demonstrate their professional development.
Supporting children and young people.
- Surgery. This is usually a half-day session and gives staff in your setting the chance to discuss up to 6 children or young people with one of our Advisory Teachers. This can be done in-person or online. Surgeries will inform whole setting development and the training needs of staff.
- Telephone Consultation. You can request to speak to one of our team to discuss an issue or pupil’s needs.
- Parent and teacher collaboration. We can support you to work together on children’s EHCP outcomes and IEP targets.
- Assessment. We will help you embed the AET’s Progression Framework, a free assessment tool for non-academic areas of development. The AET Progression Framework will help you to pin-point areas of learning that children or young people need to work on and provide an effective way to monitor and track progress.
- Direct work with children and young people. This is detailed on our Children and Young People’s page.
Part-time timetables, risk of exclusion, or change of placement.
- If a child or young person in your setting is on a part-time timetable, at risk of exclusion, or is being considered for change of placement, we will support you in the following ways:
• Review provision in your setting using the AET Standards and support you to write an action plan to meet pupil needs
• Review staff training needs using the AET Competencies and offer appropriate training options (e.g. workshops or TA mentoring)
• Liaise with other professionals involved with the child or young person (e.g. the Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist) regarding observations and statutory reporting and will contribute as required.
You can access any of our Educational Setting services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and detailing your request.