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Autism Able learners making ‘significant progress to prepare them for adulthood’ say Ofsted

An independent specialist college in South Shields has just received a glowing report from Ofsted after it’s first Inspection.

Autism Able received an inspection on the 6th and 7th July 2021 and Her Majesty’s Inspectors found that:
 ‘ Learners at AutismAble develop significant new knowledge, skills and behaviours that prepare them well for transition to further training, employment and independent living. They receive good support to improve and apply their skills in English and mathematics.

Parents and carers comment on how the training transforms the lives of their children, citing significant improvements in confidence, interaction and preparation for employment.

Learners benefit from high-quality work-experience placements, such as in the Sea Change café, which is open to the public. They gain valuable experience in workplace environments. They increase their confidence in work situations and acquire skills that they will need in future job roles. ‘ 

Inspection activities included the inspectors visiting a range of  lessons and work placements. Inspectors spoke  to work placement partners, and learners and parents  as well as sampling a wide range of documentation to measure progress that learners are making within AutismAble.
AutismAble provides specialist education to learners aged 16 to 25 and offer a range of courses and services which include preparation for employment, music, digital media skills, preparation for adulthood and developing social and communication skills.

 ” The headlines from the Ofsted report really capture how well the service meets the individual needs of the learners and just how much progress learners make during their time at Autism Able. The staff team have worked so hard for this recognition and the inspectors seemed so impressed with the Autism Able model and how we support learners to develop skills for employment and independence. A great end to the academic year for us! “

Nadine Williams, Service Manager, Autism Able

” I’m very proud of the staff for the hard work they’ve put in over the pandemic and beyond that has resulted in this positive Ofsted report.  They deserve a lot of credit and we will continue to develop our service and strive for improvements to ensure we are providing the best learning environment for young adults with Autism.”

Andrew Forster, Principal, Autism Able


Pictured (from left to right) Students Hayden Bell, Bryn Howard, Lexie O Connor, Gemma Myers, Jonathan Callender with AutismAble Maths Tutor Sergio Saladino.

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  1. Lisa Hylton

    Well deserved for the fantastic work you all do.

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