Ambitious about Autism

Skilling Mainstream Education Staff in Teaching Children with Autism

To provide specialist training in autism to mainstream teachers, other children’s workforce professionals (including teaching assistants, learning support assistants, playground and lunchtime supervisors, play leaders), and parents and carers. This will improve educational provision for children and young people with autism in mainstream school and other educational settings.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1063184)




  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



A child’s learning and their progress at school is not only confined to the classroom, and our training and consultancy programme is specifically designed to ensure a consistency of approach from everyone with whom the child is likely to come into contact, by extending training to the wider school environment and creating an autism friendly atmosphere across the whole school. A key strength of the TreeHouse training and consultancy programme is that it will be designed and delivered by our own practitioners who have many years’ hands on experience of working with children with autism and delivering training. Results of earlier research have helped us determine the most important gaps in training and we will use this as a framework for the overall programme. In the first year we will focus on those with whom we have an existing relationship to establish their precise needs and tailor training sessions accordingly. We anticipate the project will start in Spring 2010 with a rolling programme of training running throughout the year. The outcomes will that (1) teachers and other school staff who have received autism specific training will have improved understanding, confidence and repertoire of strategies; (2) more children with autism will be able to be included in mainstream provision successfully, they will have more opportunities to achieve their potential, make progress and, in the future, live more independent lives; and (3) fewer children with autism will be excluded from school in the long-term, with consequential benefits to their parents, carers and siblings (emotionally and financially). The total project cost over three years (2010-2013) is £445,378, of which £119,000 is still needed to fully fund the work.