Autism Education Trust - Programme Evaluation 2015-16
Stephen M. Cullen and Mairi Ann Cullen
Phase 3 of our evaluation of the Autism Education Trust (AET) Programme built on our earlier research: Autism Education Trust: Programme Evaluation, 2011-13, and Autism Education Trust: Programme Evaluation, 2013-15. Those evaluations showed that the AET Programme:
- Represents a successful delivery mode for autism training
- Provides effective training that is well-received by Early Years, School, and Post-16 staff
- Has developed high quality training and support materials, including National Standards and a Competency Framework for autism education.
In this phase, the focus of the evaluation shifted to further establishing the impact of the AET Programme at school level. The 2015-16 evaluation aimed to:
- Describe and assess the impact of the AET Programme in four schools – a special primary school, a special secondary school, a mainstream primary school, and a mainstream secondary school
- Develop an online questionnaire to gather quantitative data on impact
- Track AET Programme, provision, and pupil outcomes using the new AET Progression Framework, which is being developed by Autism Associates on behalf of the AET.