Autism Lead Project
First Session Update
Author: Vanessa Oldham, Leader of Outreach and Inclusion, Freemantles School
On 14th and 15th September we met for the first session of the Autism Leads program. This was a half-day session with an introduction from Justin Price and the AET level 1 training lead by me (Vanessa Oldham). This is a general overview of the needs that some of our young people have and beginning to look at what good practice will look like. For some it was new information and for others a re-cap, but I think it is an important starting point so that we are all talking with a common language and understanding. I am looking forward to moving on to the level 2 training on 29th and 30th September.
One question raised was the issue of assessment for young people who make very slow progress with their learning. For some, it is appropriate to stay working on the Early Learning Goals for a longer period of time, before moving on to P levels. These are available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/p-scales-attainment-targets-for-pupils-with-sen For other pupils, we can struggle to show progress with even the P levels, as the steps they make are critically important, but not applicable to curriculum areas. The AET are working on some new progression guidance and we are hoping that this will become a useful national tool. I will share more information when I have it!
I was also asked whether the senior leaders would be able to attend the later sessions and network meetings / twilights that were designed just for the Autism Leads. That will be fine for all sessions other than the revision workshop at Freemantles School (due to the practical arrangements). We will need to know extra numbers in advance if possible, so please contact Adie Gould if you plan to come to any additional sessions.