Training for schools

We have a variety of training packages available for schools, and we can also provide bespoke training adapted to your particular situation. All of our training is positive and neuro-affirmative, set in the wider neurodiversity framework. We strongly encourage you to make it teacher-wide training or have robust plans to cascade it out to all staff, because if this doesn’t happen, like all autism training it will not have maximum effect for your autistic pupils (both those already diagnosed and those not yet recognised), and may result in a loss of trust in the safety of the school for those pupils.

We can provide the training online at a time to suit your staff – twilights are not a problem. Alternatively, we can provide in-person training in Warwickshire, Solihull or Coventry.

Testimonials for School Training

On a personal level, we think my wife and daughter are both autistic; my daughter is starting on a diagnosis journey. It was interesting to hear so many things that confirmed we are on the right path. In my work for Croydon Music & Arts, I honed in on the clubs/activities for autistic girls comments. Taking part in a musical ensemble is great for autistic girls, enabling them to make friends with girls of similar interests, take part in a team without a high level of social interaction required. We already have a number of autistic girls in our ensembles but I wonder if we should be promoting our activity particularly to this cohort. It’s certainly gives our neurodivergent family a sense of well-being.

Jon, Croydon

The AGN training was enlightening. Not only were the myths exploded but there was such understanding from a lived experience perspective. Perhaps even more importantly, there were practical tips that have undoubtedly shifted my practice for the better.

Croydon teacher and senior leader

I found all information provided incredibly helpful.

Hope, Croydon

What was most useful about the training?  Bringing to focus the internal struggles and explaining the range of autism presentation as most people only know the classic area. Discussion on Emotion and Empathy in girls. The over emphasis of research on traits displayed by boys.

Kerry, Croydon

Meeting Cathy and working with her as an experienced SENCo to support my students has been one of the most pivotal moments in my career and life as a parent myself. Despite having an autistic daughter and us all having attended post diagnostic meetings and workshops within CAMHS, I have learnt more from Cathy in one parental session she led for our school and through attending her mentoring workshops for young students within my school than I have done in all my other experiences as a parent and teacher.

Claire Cockroft, SENCO Wycombe High School

School SENCos and Leaders should work with Cathy to make a difference to their environments that will enable our autistic students to attend, participate, achieve and flourish.
I am excited to be moving to an Additional Resource Provision (ASC) within a mainstream school and Cathy’s contact details are firmly stored away so that she can continue her work with me to enable my students to lead happy and fulfilling lives, supported by their parents, who also feel supported.

Claire Cockroft, SENCO Wycombe High School

As a school we have also invested in Cathy’s mentoring sessions so that students can learn more about their autistic identity, ultimately enabling them to thrive and advocate for themselves. Cathy prepares students in advance of sessions and ensures students feel comfortable to attend and communicate in any way that works for them. One of my Year 9 students told me, “I am finding the sessions helpful, and I would definitely recommend to others. I have learnt different breathing techniques that I didn’t know and when to use them- I also like the app that was recommended “MoleHill Mountain” it is helpful

Claire Cockroft, SENCO Wycombe High School

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