Whole school approach

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Using a whole school approach to support students on the autism spectrum

The provision of a supportive, successful and engaging learning environment for students with additional learning needs, including students on the autism spectrum, requires careful planning involving members of the school community, including parents/carers, school staff and quiet often personnel from other agencies.

Successful and positive school experiences for children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families are very much dependent on a number of key factors:

  • the knowledge and awareness that teachers and school leaders have about autism and the impact of autism on learning and participation;
  • how schools accommodate the learning needs of students on the autism spectrum from a whole school and classroom teaching and learning perspective;
  • building and sustaining positive and valued partnerships between families and school

The whole school framework used in Positive Partnerships focuses on the relationship between:

  • school culture
  • school practices and policies
  • classroom teaching & learning.

This framework will be reflected in the resources contained in this section, including:

  • Videos of school leaders sharing their knowledge and experiences
  • Examples of Positive Partnerships school projects
  • Practical resources and planning tools