• Autism: Researching Practice

    Autism: Researching Practice

    Amazing opportunity to observe good practice and to take away ideas to implement in our own

    2018-19 participant


    This programme seeks to support mainstream teachers of pupils with autism to engage with the latest evidence of how best to meet their social and learning needs. The programme supports participants to design changes to practice that will support the emotional and learning needs of pupils with autism in their setting, and to measure the impact of this change. It then enables the school to embed this change in whole school policy and practice.

    Who is the programme for?

    The project is designed for senior leaders and teachers, and we strongly recommend that schools send participants in pairs.

    What is involved?

    The project is led by expert teachers from Redriff Primary and Rye Oak Primary, both mainstream schools with units for pupils with autism. Throughout the programme these practice experts will support participants in understanding what a practical application of the theory around autism looks like, showcasing examples from their own settings. There will also be opportunities to observe mainstream classteachers from both schools teaching lessons which include pupils with autism from the unit.

    Session details

    The programme is led by:

    • Jack Gibbs, Assistant Headteacher, Redriff Primary School
    • Wendy Thangarajah, SENCo, Rye Oak Primary School
    • Hattie Quinan, SENCo, Rye Oak Primary School

    Session 1:
    Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    Location: TBC

    • What can we learn from recent research about the most effective strategies to support the learning and wellbeing of pupils with autism?
    • Which pupils would we like to focus on, and what are their needs?
    • What learning and wellbeing targets would we like to achieve for these pupils?
    • What tools can we use to gather evidence of these pupils’ needs from teaching staff, parents and the pupils themselves?

    Session 2:
    Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
    Time: 9am-12:30pm
    Location: TBC

    • What does the evidence we have gathered tell us about current practice?
    • What will the change to provision for our pupils with autism look like?
    • How will we share this information with colleagues across our school?
    • Observing classroom practice

    Session 3:
    Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm
    Location: TBC

    • How is our project unfolding – what successes and challenges have there been?
    • What can we learn from each other’s successes?
    • Observing classroom practice

    Session 4:
    Date: Wednesday 29 April 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm
    Location: TBC

    • How is our project progressing – what changes to the design of our change need to be made?
    • What evidence will we gather to assess the impact of our change?

    Session 5:
    Date: Wednesday 1 July 2020
    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    Location: TBC

    • What evidence of impact have we gathered?
    • What have been the successes and limitations of our research?
    • Where next for our research project?

    Sign up and cost

    Register to join our 2019-20 cohort here.

    Price: £400 (£300 for schools sending two or more staff members)
    Members receive a 20% discount