Useful resources for schools

The following resources have been selected for being high quality, relevant and useful for teachers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism.

National Autistic Society (NAS)

The NAS offers teachers/those who work in a school a wealth of autism resources. Sign up to MyWorld, and have practical tips on helping autistic children emailed to you every fortnight. Find information on teaching pre-school children through to students in higher education, as well as more resources from the Autism Education Trust.

The Autism Education Trust

A programme led by 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. Of note: the AET has produced a guide entitled “Working together with your child’s school – an Autism guide for parents and carers”, which education professionals may find useful to read.

Autism Toolbox

A free online resource developed to support the inclusion of autistic learners in Scottish Early Learning and Childcare settings, Primary and Secondary schools. The website also offers “Free Online Learning Modules” for teachers and school management, though be mindful that information is set within the context of the Scottish legislative and policy educational framework

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA)

IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent legally-based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)

NASEN is a membership charity organisation that supports all education practitioners. We provide: Continuing Professional Development (CPD), resources, advice, information and much more to enable all staff to meet the needs of all their pupils. Of note: NASEN have produced a leaflet on teaching girls with autism.

In 2015, Dr. Glenys Jones has conducted a review of educational provision in Hertfordshire for children and young people on the autism spectrum, which education professionals may find useful to read. The report can be accessed here.