What is the crucial thing that made the difference?
Time allocated to the training sessions on the in-service day, and the designated TA training time, which enabled staff to discuss and explore the materials and relate to their own experiences - and plan future provision.
What key resources would people who want to learn from your experience need access to?
The IDP Autism Spectrum resource materials.
What CPD session and resources were particularly useful?
The allocated time for teachers was presented in one half day session, covering all units.
It was valuable to have the six dedicated sessions for TA training built into their working week. In this case we explored the first five units in some depth, and gave a briefer overview to units 6, 7 and 8. This was with the knowledge that we would follow up the training with another whole day in looking at individual needs, practical approaches and in developing resources for identified pupils in the school. This follow-up training has been made available through a Somerset Autism Spectrum advisory teacher and specialist Educational Psychologist - this will focus particularly on issues raised by units 6 and 7 of the IDP Autism Spectum.
If another individual or school was attempting to replicate this work, where would they start and what would the essential elements be?
- Cover the units in the sequence presented on the disk (later units refer back to earlier sessions)
- Ensure enough time is allocated for training purposes, with built in opportunities for reflection, exploration, discussion and other active learning relating the materials to their own experience.
What further developments are you planning to do (or would you like to see others do)?
To elicit views of parents to maintain the successful inclusion of ASD children into mainstream schools
To extend transition arrangements to cover the whole of year 7, as necessary