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Autism Education Trust (AET)

The Autism Education Trust (AET) helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential.

What we do

The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Established and supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism.

Underpinned by current research into good education practice, the AET programme is structured around the three education phases – early years, school and post 16. Our core values are: person-centered, outcomes and process focussed, inclusive and accessible, evidence-based, high quality and working in partnership.

The AET is not a legal entity and is hosted on behalf of the partnership by the National Autistic Society (NAS). NAS carries all legal responsibility for the programme and enters into all contracts on its behalf.

Exam accommodations for Autistic Students

Autistic students may face additional challenges when taking exams, such as sensory overload.  Having recognised these challenges, the DfE commissioned the Autism Education Trust (AET) to develop guidance around accommodations (please see related links) to help teachers and exam officers support autistic students to demonstrate fully their knowledge and skills in qualifications.

The guide was written specifically to support autistic students being entered for GCSEs, but the principles and good practice examples can be applied to all public examinations.

Guidance on availability of access arrangements

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publishes requirements for the most common access arrangements for GCSEs. Access arrangements include reasonable adjustments that are needed to make exams accessible for candidates who have disabilities. A reasonable adjustment may be unique to that individual and may not be included in the JCQ’s list of available access arrangements.

Guidance on preparing the student

In order to prepare autistic students for taking exams, teachers should be familiar with the exam content and formatting so that they can provide individualised guidance and support. It is good practice to make use of any available previous papers and practice material.

Who to contact

Telephone
0207 903 3650
E-mail
info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk
Website
https://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/

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