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Autism Specialist Teachers

The Autism Specialist Teachers service is for children and young people living in Harrow, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) with autism as the primary need on the EHC Plan.

We support mainstream schools and colleges in Harrow in meeting the needs of pupils. We also offer guidance to mainstream settings, for children and young people attending schools outside of Harrow, who have an EHC Plan.

What does the Autism Specialist Teachers service provide?

Our work is based on the belief that children on the autism spectrum are entitled to a high quality educational provision which meets their individual needs.

Our focus is on training and working with school staff and other professionals to offer a range of strategies to help children and young people to fulfil their potential and ensure access to the curriculum. The curriculum may require adaptation and alternative teaching strategies are carefully identified and guidance provided. The effectiveness of this input is continuously assessed and regularly reviewed.

We offer a range of services to schools, and work in partnership with other organisations to meet the individual needs of pupils. Our services include:

  • Information gathering and sharing between relevant parties
  • Liaison with parents and others
  • Training for teachers and teaching assistants in specialist aspects of the role
  • Planning/coaching with teaching and support staff
  • Support to access the curriculum
  • Attending meetings and specific annual reviews
  • Support for transfer and transitions
  • We also carry out work for the Local Authority such as involvement in tribunals or SEND panels.

Autism Specialist Teachers ‘Traded’ visits

Schools may now purchase Autism Specialist Teacher visits. These may be used for:

  • enhanced levels of support around children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and a diagnosis of autism.
  • support work around children with significant social communication and social interaction needs who do not yet have an EHC Plan (see request form for criteria). 
  • other organisational development work, staff coaching, and training in schools.
  • family support work.
  • support around children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) with autism as the primary need, who are attending mainstream schools outside of Harrow.
  • Schools are asked to commit to purchasing a yearly quota of AST sessions to be delivered from September 2024. To purchase sessions for 2024/25, please access Autism Specialist Teachers | Support Services for Education : Harrow (ss4eharrow.uk)

EarlyBird+ Programme

We deliver the National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird+ parent programme three times a year.  This provides training to parents of school aged children (4 yrs to 9 yrs) with a diagnosis of autism following the National Autistic Society guidelines.  Further details about the EarlyBird+ course is here.

You can contact the autism specialist teachers directly if you wish to go on the waiting list for the EarlyBird+ programme via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the contact details below.

TeenLife Programme

We deliver the National Society (NAS) TeenLife parent programme. This provides training to parents of school aged young people (10yrs to 16yrs) with a diagnosis of autism following the National Autistic Society guidelines. Further details about the TeenLife course is here.

You can contact the autism specialist teachers directly if you wish to go on the waiting list for the TeenLife programme via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the contact details below.

How do I access the Autism Specialist Teachers?

Our services can be accessed through the mainstream school Link Autism Specialist Teacher via the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinators (SENDCO).  Specific individual support can be accessed by the SENDCO completing a request for involvement form.

For further information on our privacy notice please view the Privacy Notice for Autism Specialist Teachers.

Contact us

Autism Specialist Teachers
Harrow Council
PO Box 1358
Harrow
HA3 3QN
Tel: 0208 051 8380

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