½ day training course (9:00 – 12.30)

The Garden School provides a specialist education and learning environment for pupils with autism and severe learning difficulties aged 4 – 16 years. Research based practice underpins all of the teaching methods, strategies and approaches.

Course objectives:

•To develop a deeper understanding of autism and how pupils with autism learn
•To understand teaching interventions and strategies used at The Garden and how they can be transferred to the trainee’s setting
•To spend time visiting different classes to observe strategies and approaches in practice

Course Outline:

8:45 – 9:00 Arrive
9:00 – 10:30
  • What is autism? Research and theory that help us understand autism
  • What are the implications of autism on education  
  • How can we effectively teach and support pupils with autism? Strategies and interventions used at The Garden School
10:30 – 10:45 Break: Refreshments provided
10:45 – 12:00 Observation in classes: Opportunity to spend time in different classes to observe strategies and interventions
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion, questions and ideas


  • Thursday 2nd February
  • Thursday 16th March
  • Thursday 18th May
  • Thursday 6th July

Price: £150.00 per trainee (+£10 booking fee)

Learning Walks

60-75 minutes tour of the school accompanied by specialist to raise awareness of practice and share expertise to promote mainstream strategies

Price: £75 per attendee  (+£10 booking fee)

Bookings: admin@newwaveeducation.co.uk

Questions: sreed@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk


Secondary Art Exhibition

Check out the fabulous artwork created by our secondary pupils which was displayed as part of our art exhibition during parents evening last term.

Secondary pupils used a variety of methods to create some stunning pieces of artwork including drawing around their own bodies!

Art exhib1 Art exhib 3 exhib3

Attention Autism Training


A two day training course

Friday 3rd February & Friday 24th February


Friday 3rd March & Friday 17th March


Friday 21st April & Friday 12th May

9am – 4pm

Cost: £150.00 (Including lunch and refreshments)

This two day course equips attendees with the skills to set up and run the 4 Stage Attention Autism programme. The training focuses on the practical aspects of intervention, working in a team and offering an irresistible invitation to learn. The Attention Autism programme targets the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills.

Day 1

Presenting the first two stages of the four stage Attention Autism programme;

Stage 1 – Focusing Attention

Stage 2 -Sustaining attention

  • Exploring the impact of autism spectrum disorders on the development of attention skills and the impact this has on a child’s ability to learn
  • Practical hands-on opportunities for you to try out activities at each stage and discuss application of the programme within their setting or service

Day 2

Introducing and focusing on;

Stage 3 – Shifting Attention

Stage 4: shifting and sustaining attention including a transition to independent working.

  • Exploring the ways in which communication development can be targeted and nurtured within sessions ensuring the needs of the children can be sensitively met
  • Focusing on building functional social communication, understanding and spontaneous communication
  • Sharing ideas and activities and enabling you to set up and run the full programme!

If you have any queries please contact Gemma Courtney 0207 254 8096

*Please note payment must be recieved in full before the first day of the event

November’s Employee Of The Month

A very big well done to Hassan from Tulip class, who won November’s Employee Of The Month.  Hassan was nominated for the award because of  his positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile, amongst many other reasons.


Nominations are now open for December’s Employee Of The Month – we will keep you posted!