The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

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Networks and Events

The Springfields Academy embraces an ethos of collaboration, not competition.

As part of a multi-academy trust, Reach South, the academy works closely with a large number of schools. However, we also value building partnerships outside of our organisation. The academy runs a number of events and networks on a ‘participation not profit’ basis.

For all enquiries regarding networks and events please email:

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday 21st January: AET Training: Making Sense of Autism 4-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 28th January: Chartered College of Teaching SEND event
  • Thursday 30th January: AET Training: Good Autism Practice 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 4th February: AET Training: Good Autism Practice twilight 
  • Wednesday 12th February: AET Training: Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice 
  • Monday 24th February: A-Fest 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd March: AET Training: Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice twilight
  • Wednesday 18th March: Chartered College of Teaching Lesson Study event

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 basic 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. Good Autism Practice is aimed at practitioners and focuses on the strategies to develop good autism practice. 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. The module on Complex Needs provides strategies for those leaners with autism who may need more support and specialist teaching.

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

Chartered College of Teaching SEND Network

The academy is proud to run a SEND network for the Chartered College of Teaching.

To date over 100 education professionals have attended over 7 events, covering topics such as: anxiety, mental health, trauma-informed teaching and good SEND practice.

Our 8th CCT SEND network event will take place on Tuesday 28th January 4-6pm. You can find out more about this free event here

A-Fest 2020

A-Fest, A Festival Celebrating Autism, had its inaugural festival in February 2019.

Our desire to learn, share and celebrate good practice led to the creation of A-Fest and the positive feedback received meant it will now be a yearly event. A-Fest 2020 will take place on Monday 24th February 2020.

If you would like to be notified when tickets go on sale then please email:

Wiltshire Women Leading in Education

73.8% of all classroom teachers are female, yet only 62% of headteachers are female (School Workforce in England 2015).

Diverse teams create better results; the Women Leading in Education project is all about creating diverse leadership teams. After all, what view of leadership do we want our young people to grow up seeing?

The Wiltshire Women Leading in Education network, established as part of the DfE Women Leading in Education event, was established in June 2017. Since then over 100 educators from across the South West have joined us at over 8 events. As part of the DfE Coaching Pledge we also run coaching training and speedmeets.

Our next event takes place on Thursday 12th March 4-6pm. Email for more details.