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Understanding and Supporting Autism in Education

Tue, 23 Apr 2024

Virtual, Online

The Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan sets our clear ambitions for identifying and meeting the needs of all children. Around 70% of all children with autism are estimated to be educated in mainstream settings. Without the right support, it is unlikely that these children will fulfil their potential and be set up for long term success.

Join us for this half day masterclass to improve your understanding of autism so that you are better able to support autistic pupils in your setting. During the course of the day Sam will look at how you can adapt the learning environment to make it more inclusive.

Who should attend?

SENCOs, Class Teachers, Pastoral Leads, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Teaching Assistants and all members of the SLT.

Learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of autism and its common characteristics

  • Dispel common misconceptions around autism

  • Ensure your knowledge surrounding current guidance and law is up-to-date so that you understand your obligations

  • Understand how autistic characteristics can be different for girls

  • Better support autistic children in education

  • Make suitable adaptations and adjustment in order to develop a more inclusive environment

  • Better support transitions

  • Use the Autism Progression Framework to support individual development

  • Understand the link between autism and anxiety and how you can support children impacted by both

  • Improve your understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance

Facilitator: Sam Garner

Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author specialising in mental health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes. She is in high demand to speak at conferences and events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam has had her book Mental Health in Education published by Routledge, and regularly writes for several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication.

Facilitated by:

Mrs Sam Garner

Mental Health & Inclusion Consultant
Balanced People Ltd

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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