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Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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Autism training

Autism Training

Here at the Springfields Academy autism is our passion and we aim to understand, enable and empower autistic learners every day.

The majority of children and young people with autism are educated in mainstream settings; working with Springfields Autism Support provides access to specialist expertise and experience. If you’re looking to develop your understanding of the autistic learner, build staff confidence, make reasonable adjustments or improve your environment then we have multiple ways to help.

Autism Education Trust Training

We are delighted to hold the schools training license from the Autism Education Trust for Wiltshire, meaning we are approved to run AET training programmes.

The AET shares our aim of improving the quality of education for children and young people with autism. AET training programmes are supported by the Department for Education and over 207,000 people have received AET training.  We believe that all staff should have a basic awareness of autism and the Making Sense of Autism module is for everyone in schools from cooks to caretakers, from governors to drivers. Making Sense of Autism can be delivered in your school setting at a date and time to suit you. Feedback from this training includes:

"I have learned so much and I will be looking to see autism through the eyes of those who live with it"

"I have evaluated my timetable to include much more child-initiated learning"

"I understand more about the social and emotional aspects of autism and how they can affect a student in the classroom"

Good Autism Practice is aimed at practitioners and focuses on the strategies to develop good autism practice. One previous delegate said: 

"Will take back many of the great ideas into the classroom. I have a greater understanding of the child with autism in my class"

 Leading Good Autism Practice is for leaders and managers in schools who have a focus on the whole school SEND strategy.

Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice explores autism in greater depth and looks at the theories of autism such as Theory of Mind. 

We can also offer all Autism Education Trust modules in your setting.

You can find out more about the range of AET programmes that we offer on their website:

Training in Your Setting

We can offer a range of twilight training sessions that take place in your setting.

Sessions normally last between 1-2 hours, but this can be adapted to suit your needs. We cover a wide range of topics including:

  • An Introduction to Autism
  • An Introduction to Communication and Visuals
  • Supporting and Managing Anxiety
  • Supporting and Managing Distressing Behaviour
  • Enabling Environments and Sensory Needs
  • Executive (dys) Function
  • Central Coherence
  • Can people with autism see things from different perspectives? An introduction to Theory of Mind
  • Making Maths concrete for the autistic learner
  • Structured Teaching and Structured Environments

For all enquiries regarding training and development please email: