Autism: Researching Practice


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.

The project is fully funded by The Laurel Trust, a charity whose intention is to create strategic partnerships with schools to secure improvement in the quality of teaching, learning and leadership thereby widening opportunity and reducing disadvantage through action-led school-based research, innovation and evidence-based developments which focus on securing equity and closing the gap.

Who is the project for?

The project is designed for senior leaders and teachers.

What is involved?

The project 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, London South Teaching School Alliance.

Sign up and cost

This project is now full. If you would be interested in finding out about engaging with the project next year, please contact