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Residential Special Schools and Colleges Settings

Book your training place

Book your place in the National Autism Trainer Programme (NATP) training for staff from residential special schools and colleges.

The training is co-produced and co-delivered by autistic people. You will have access to our unique curriculum, Community of Practice support sessions and webinars and we will support you to deliver the training in your setting with an autistic co-Trainer. 

Four-day training

In November-December 2023, we are delivering a four-day training course for delegates working in residential special schools and colleges. Each training course runs over four days and is delivered completely online. Training cohorts have a maximum of 23 delegates to optimise each delegate’s experience and learning.

Four-day training courses taking place from January 2024 can be booked now. Places can be booked on a first come, first served basis. Select your preferred course dates by clicking ‘Book your training place’ above, ensuring that you book training that corresponds to your work setting.

To find out more about the programme download the course summary flyer.

Further training dates will be released soon for 2024. If you would like to discuss training dates or book further in advance, please email

If the current dates are not suitable for your schedule, please subscribe to our National Autism Trainer Programme newsletter, to be kept informed of future course dates.

October 2023 NATP Information session for Residential special schools and colleges staff

In October 2023 staff working in Residential special schools and colleges joined an online information session, to learn more about the National Autism Trainer Programme.

Tim Devanney from NHS England and Kate Dixon from the Department for Education discussed the need for this training, and how it aims to enhance autistic people’s experience of care through its collaborative, experience-sensitive and trauma-informed approach.

The event was chaired by Co-Lead Programme Directors Dr Ruth Moyse from AT-Autism and Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou from Anna Freud, who also took part in the Q&A panel. There was a range of presentations and videos from autistic content developers, and family members of autistic children and young people. Professionals from Residential special schools and colleges also discussed how the training will help staff to support children and young people in special educational settings.

You can view the presentation slides here.

You can watch the event recording here:

Training roadmap

We have created a useful training roadmap graphic explaining the training process and the steps to becoming a NATP Trainer and then training colleagues. You can also view our training roadmap video: