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Residential Special Schools and Colleges Settings

The four-day programme equips staff to trainer level and supports them to embed our approach and train staff in their own residential special education settings. 

About this training  

This four-day National Autism Trainer Programme (NATP) training is co-produced and co-delivered by autistic people. You will have access to our unique curriculum, Community of Practice support sessions and specialist training days and we will support you to deliver the training in your setting with an autistic co-trainer. The four-day programme trains staff to trainer level and supports them to train staff in their own settings.  

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 for those working in residential special schools and colleges settings taking place in 2024 can be booked now on a first come first served basis.

Aims of the training  

During this training, you will learn about:  

  • The barriers experienced by autistic children and young people, and how to support autistic differences in your setting.  

  • The development of non-restrictive practices and adapting evidence-based strategies. 

  • Innovative relational and trauma-informed approaches of working with, rather than on, or for, autistic individuals.  

  • Staff wellbeing for cultivating a mentally healthy school or college, and the impact of staff and young people on each other. 

To find out more about the residential special schools and colleges training, download the summary flyer. 

Who is this training for?  

The training is suitable for all professionals who currently work or may work with diagnosed or undiagnosed autistic children and young people in residential special schools and colleges. No specialist or high-level skills are required to attend this course. This training course is suitable for staff including, but not limited to:  

  • SENCOs/leadership team members 

  • mental health practitioners/therapists/counsellors 

  • nurses 

  • occupational therapists 

  • speech and language therapists 

If you are not working in a residential special education setting or are not based in the UK, you can find out about other Anna Freud short courses on autism by emailing  

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