AET schools programme Training

West Kirby School and College are an accredited Autism Education Trust training hub for the Schools programme, supported by Department for Education. The modular programme offers face to face training for professionals working across all education settings for school aged pupils aged 5-16.  
Our trainers are staff members, Nicky Tolley and Louise Gilmartin, with expertise in working with and supporting young people on the Autism Spectrum, along with supporting staff internally with practical strategies. Nicky Tolley has delivered well received talks at The Autism Show and will be presenting at the National Autistic Society Professional Conference in March 2018.
AET training uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, presentations, practical resources and activities. Read more about the different modules here AET Training module information or download the AET Modular Training Programme leaflet 
AET schools programme training modules available are below:

Tier One - Making Sense of Autism - Raising Awareness

Basic autism awareness training for all staff within any education setting (including office staff; governors; caretakers; drivers and escorts). 90 minutes. Read more..

Tier Two - Good Autism Practice 

Practical knowledge, hands-on tools and techniques for all staff working directly with pupils on the autism spectrum (including teaching assistants; lunchtime staff; teachers). 1 day. Read more..

Tier 3 - Leading Good Autism Practice 

For staff who may train or lead other staff in their setting, focusing on developing good autism provision. 1 day. Read more...


Additional modules:

Complex Needs and Participation

Training for staff who support school-age pupils on the spectrum who have complex needs. It enables practitioners to deepen their understanding of Autism and provides practical strategies to support a pupil and aid participation (including development of their personal or EHC plan). 1 day. Read more....

Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice

Deepens delegates’ understanding, including theories of autism. Advancing skills in developing and applying strategies to facilitate progress and achievement, for teachers, teaching assistants and SENDCos. Half a day. Read more...

Progression Framework

Introduction to the framework (download free), with key features and guidance on how to use it. Hands on training for all staff involved in setting learning goals and recording progress for pupils. Half a day. Read more...

Visit our forthcoming dates and booking page here

If you are interested in booking a place on one of our training courses or would like information on available dates and costs, please contact our dedicated AET training team at West Kirby School and College, Rachel Kelleher on 0151 632 3201 or e-mail

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For more information on all AET modules please download the leaflet below: