SEND - Autism in Mainstream Schools

Date & Time: Thursday 16 November 2017
16:30 - 18:00
Event Type: Twilight
Event Format: Presentation & Discussion
Venue: Welington College
Event Cost: WCTSP members: £36
Non Members £45
Event Focus Categories: Pastoral
SEN / Differentiation
Teaching and Learning
Event Subject or Topic Area: SEND
Target Audience: Any educationalist who is involved or interested in SEND. (Primary & Secondary)
Event Description:

We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the mainstream classroom. ASD is the name given for a range of similar conditions that affect a person's social interaction,


  • To promote a further understanding of ASD.
  • To understand the principles of the TEACCH approach (TEACCH - Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children).


  • What is communication?
  • Challenges of ASD learners will verbal commination.
  • Strategies to overcome barriers in communication.


  • Explore practical strategies to support ASD learners.
Event Outcomes:

Teachers will leave with practical strategies for Communication, Behaviour and Teaching approaches to support ASD learners in the mainstream classroom

Course Leader 1: Sara Avenell (Assistant Head Teacher (Primary) )
Sara has worked in Special Education for 14 years. Having trained as a mainstream Primary teacher, Sara’s first role in an SEN school was class teacher progressing to Head of Early Years and Key Stage 1. Her current role is Assistant Head for Primary at Kennel Lane, leading a department of 8 classes, consisting of 77 children and approximately 45 staff.
Course Leader 2: Michelle Higgs (Assistant Head Teacher - Behaviour & Safeguarding Lead )
Michelle has worked in Special Educational needs for 18 years. Initially trained as a Primary teacher and worked in main stream schools for 5 years before moving to SEN.
Michelle has worked at Kennel Lane School for 13 years, initially as Behaviour support Teacher and Team Teach tutor and more recently as Assistant Head with responsibility for Safeguarding, behaviour and attendance. Michelle now leads the Support and Intervention team who work across the whole school implementing behaviour strategies and supporting families.
Course Leader 3: Jennifer Baker (Deputy Head )
Kennel Lane