Autism: Researching Practice

“Being exposed to research and evidence has improved my understanding of autism. Working with academics and other professionals has allowed me to focus my thinking… (and) make an impact on a whole school level” 2017/18 Participating teacher


This programme seeks to support mainstream teachers of pupils with autism to engage with the latest evidence of how best to meet their social and learning needs. The programme supports a senior leader and a class-teacher to design a change to practice that will support the emotional and learning needs of pupils with autism in their setting, and to measure the impact of this change. It then enables the school to embed this change in whole school policy and practice.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for senior leaders and teachers.

What is involved?

The programme is led by expert teachers from Redriff Primary and Rye Oak Primary, both mainstream schools with units for pupils with autism. Throughout the programme these practice experts will support participants in understanding what a practical application of the theory around autism looks like, showcasing examples from their own settings. There will also be opportunities to observe mainstream class-teachers from both schools teaching lessons which include pupils with autism from the unit.

Session details

The programme is a partnership programme with UCL Institute of Education and is co-led by Dr Amelia Roberts, Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education and Sarah Seleznyov, Director, Southwark Teaching School Alliance.

Sign up and cost

Participants can sign up for 2018-19 by completing this form.

Join this programme for the price of £750+VAT per school covering one teacher and one leader attending sessions (or £600+VAT for STSA Members and Strategic Partners)