The Autism Toolbox: Schools and Learning

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about schools and learning.

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Early Intervention and Early Support for ASD

Support in Education (0 to 25)

Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)

College and Sixth Form

Useful articles for parents

Resources for teachers

Early Intervention and Early Support for ASD

Early intervention, education and support are crucial in enabling children and young people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Support available locally includes: 

The Portage Service

A home teaching service for children aged 0 to 5 years who have special needs or are delayed in two areas of their development by six months.

The NAS EarlyBird Programme

 8-week programme for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Location: The Abbey Centre, Aylesbury 

Puzzle Centre 

A specialist environment with educational/therapeutic approaches which are ‘autism specific’.

Location: Middle Claydon, Buckingham


Support in Education

A list of specialist support services can be found under "Specialist Support Services" section of the Education 0 to 25 years (SEND) page.

Go to Education 0 to 25 years (SEND)


Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)

Pupil Referral Units or PRUs are establishments maintained by a local authority (Buckinghamshire Council Council) that are specifically organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special maintained school.

View Buckinghamshire's Pupil Referral Units


College and Sixth Form

Stony Dean Sixth Form (Amersham)

Stony Dean School's Sixth Form aims to support students in their transition to adulthood, while recognising the need to prepare for those next steps such as college, vocational courses, apprenticeships, traineeships, or work. Emotional and mental health needs of students is promoted and access to appropriate resources, therapies and support.

Visit the Stony Dean School website


Useful articles for parents


Information on "transition" and "transition plans" which involve a range of organisations, including the school and local child and adult social services.

Advice about school

NHS advice about schools and the support available.

After your child’s diagnosis

Information on supporting your child after an autism diagnosis including at home, at school and with social care.


Resources for teachers  

This toolbox has a dedicated section on resources for teachers covering how to prepare your classroom and supporting your autistic students.

Go to resources for teachers