Professional Learning Network in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • 2 hours per session
  • 3 sessions per year


The autism spectrum disorder (ASD) professional learning network (PLN) is for teachers with a professional interest in ASD. 

This PLN is made up of like-minded colleagues seeking to develop and exchange professional expertise. It's a way for members to keep up to date with the latest research, policy and practice in ASD and how this might be applied in your individual settings. 

The network meets once a term and sessions focus on knowledge exchange around ASD through research discussion. (You don't have to be a member to attend the sessions.)

This network is run by the Centre for Inclusive Education (formerly SENJIT) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Who it's for

The PLN is for teachers in all phases with a professional interest in ASD.

This includes:

  • teachers in charge of ASD resource bases
  • advisory teachers in ASD 
  • all teachers concerned with the education of pupils with ASD

You're welcome to attend even if you're not currently a member.

Structure and content

The PLN meets once a term. Participation in the network is for a year.

The network is self-steering and led by member practitioners in order to ensure the direction reflects the needs and interests of the members.

You're encouraged to bring along case studies that focus on children struggling with ASD and examples of good practice.

A member of staff from the Centre for Inclusive Education (usually Dr Amelia Roberts) will also join the group to support facilitation, provide up-to-date information, share research and link with researchers that PLN members may wish to invite to speak with the group.

The introduction of the revised SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years in September 2015 has significant implications for schools and it's anticipated that this may be an area of focus for the group.

Other topics are likely to include:

  • early identification
  • high quality teaching for pupils with ASD
  • sensory processing needs
  • assistive and augmentative communication strategies
  • evidence based interventions
  • pupil and parent voice


The fees are:

  • £49 - to attend one session
  • £89 - to attend two sessions
  • £135 - to attend three sessions

SENJIT members can attend for free.

The Centre for Inclusive Education

The work of the Centre for Inclusive Education spans all areas of special educational needs (SEN) and inclusion, the education of vulnerable children, school improvement and evidence-informed practice. It trains and supports educational practitioners through a range of accredited courses and a continuing professional development programme.

The SENJIT programme, run by the Centre, combines continuing professional development and learning taught courses with professional learning networks, where participants share learning, research and experience.

By becoming a SENJIT member, you'll benefit from the work done by experts in the field of developmental psychology and education in a world-leading centre for education and social research. Find out more on the Centre's website.

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Course information last modified: 13 Nov 2017, 11:34